Photo Special: Ipswich to Felixstowe Road Run

A pair of Lodges Bedford OBs at Felixstowe (c) Richard Walker
Yesterday saw the ever popular Ipswich to Felixstowe road run. The event sees up to 600 vehicles , in the shape of around one hundred motor cycles, fire engines, trucks, cars, taxis, commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles and a collection of vintage buses and coaches.

Vehicles initially gather at Christchurch Park in Ipswich ready to depart at 11:30 to form a cavalcade along the A14 to the port town of Felixstowe - where the vehicles row up along the seafront promenade for the afternoon. Contributor Richard Walker has offered this selection of photographs from the event.

Lodges Coaches, from High Easter in Essex, provided an interesting selection of vintage coaches. Attending was 1949 Duple Vista bodied Bedford OB TMY700 and similar LTA752 along with Duple Vega bodied Bedford SB3 MJB481. Stealing the show, however, was the operator's impressive 1929 7 seat Chevrolet Charabanc. Richard photographed the pair of Bedford OBs at Felixstowe once the weather cheered up in the afternoon.

Suffolk Norse's brand new Plaxton Leopard (c) Richard Walker
Bringing the event up to modern standards was a pair of '15' registered coaches entered by two Suffolk based operators. Suffolk Norse brought along brand new Plaxton Leopard bodied Volvo B8R YX15OUL - one of pair of the type delivered a few weeks ago. Event sponsor, Mendlesham based Galloway, gave Suffolk Norse company with their 2015 Mercedes Benz Tourismo BF15XPJ.

Richard himself took along his preserved Eastern Counties Leyland National Greenway LG587 WAH587S, which was acquired following use by Carters of Capel St Mary. This was accompanied by Oliver Fosker's preserved Leyland National as Eastern Counties LN274 YYE274T, or 'Bertie' as it is nicknamed. 

Other buses and coaches attending included Eastern National ECW bodied Bristol RELL6G 1356 SVW274K, preserved Dons Plaxton Paramount bodied Leyland Leopard A62OJX, Southdown 'Queen Mary' BUF426C, Crosville Bristol RE 53 UFM53F, Crimson Tours Bedford Super Vega 675OCV and Westcliffe on Sea Bristol K5G AJN825

The stunning RE896 under the sunny May skies (c) Richard Walker
To end, a vehicle that I am very fond of, that being preserved Eastern Coach Works bodied Bristol RELH6G as Eastern Counties Omnibus Company RE896 SVF896G. Entering service with Eastern Counties in 1969, the coach passed to Jordan's scrapyard in 1981 when - in the same year - it was saved by Carters originally for preservation, but later put into service and passing to Viscount in 1989. SVF896G was extensively restored into original condition by Bus Works in Blackpool in 2008, to the condition it can be found on today.

From what I have seen, the event was enjoyed by all who attended - enthusiast and non-enthusiast - and is one I hope to visit in the future. A thank you is due to Richard Walker for his selection of photographs used in this post.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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