The Kent Agricultural Society 3rd Heritage Transport Show - 9th April 2011
Held at The Kent County Show Ground, Maidstone, Kent and organised by The Kent Agricultural Society. It is the 3rd year this show has been on and it grows every year. The theme at this years show was 100 years of Maidstone & District Motor Services.
Visitors at the event were able to listen to a number of guest speakers, Andrew Clarke was talking about old, iconic businesses from Maidstone, such as Trebor Sharp, Whitbread and Clarkes Furniture.
Peter Love had his audience on a journey back in time, travelling the world in search of old vehicles.
Former M&D Managing Director, Roger Davies and the former Engineering Manager took their audience on a nostalgic look back at this wonderful company.All presentation were enjoyed by all and well worth seeing.
Eurostar donated the star raffle prize; tickets to the continent, Paris Lille or Brussels depending on the winner’s choice. Lucy Hegarty, event co-ordinator said “we are really pleased that the Eurostar has donated such a wonderful prize. We also have tickets to the cricket in Canterbury, a Kentish Hamper and tickets to the County Show in July”.
Once the tractors had been driven into the hall and the FFA stand had been set up, a quick mug of tea from Wendy Gibson (Our FFA "Magic T Lady") and it was time to go wandering.
The hall was packed with owners and clubs stands. Alvis - Indian Rider Motorcycle & The
Morgan "Three Wheeler" Club, were to name but a few.
The Lambretta & Vespa stand were raising money for "Find a Voice" charity by riding their vintage and classic machines from John O' Groats to Brighton, with one catch - they are not allowed to use motorways.There is more information about this fantastic event on their website - Long Scoot Down
Outside the hall was the display area for vintage commercial and vehicles.There was a 1968 Thames Trader 75 Gallagher set up - AEC Mamoth Major - Thames Transporter - 1946 M Type Bedford Recovery all looking as good, if not better than the day they were built. The West family drove from Ashford in their superbly restored 1955 Foden 4/6 & 1952 Foden Fg 6/7.
Moving on into the main display area it was as full as the eye could see with Maidstone & District, Classic & Vintage busses.
I caught Richard Perry from Southampton giving his 1938 Leyland Beadle TD5, it's show clean. He told me that originally it had been a double decker and had been converted in 1951 by Beadles Coachworks to a single deck, extended chassis 35 seater. Next to this was a open top 1946 Beadle AEC Regal II - 34 seater. It is still being used around the sea side town of Hastings, doing the tourist route.
This brightly painted Bedford coach was originally used as a tour bus from Valletta to London.The quality of the paintwork and the detail of the hand painted coach lines were superb.
The oldest vehicle entered was a 1912 Hallford open-top double-decker. Who's original bus route was between Chatham & Maidstone
If you wanted to you could hop on any of the vintage buses that were doing the circuit around the show ground, all you had to do was wait at the many bus stops for them to turn up.
You know the old saying " you don't see any, then all of a sudden two turn up". Well there was more than two here. Many of the representatives / workers from all nine decades through which M&D operated were driving the buses.
Back at the FFA stand, while chatting to many of our members who were there, they all agreed that this show would definitely be on their calander for next year as it was good to see the variety of vehicle here and to be able to listen to some very interesting presentations. They all agreed that it wasn't just about tractors, it was being able to see different vehicles of times gone past.
I know Rodney & Ernie will be back next year.
Rodney & Ernie would personally like to thank - The Kent Agricultural Society - Lucy Hegarty - Bernard & Steve Pike to name but a few,for all their hard work in organising and helping set up this Transport Heritage Show.
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