Royal Blue and Associated Motorways runs have been happening since 2002 see their website, there is a link at the foot of this page). The number of participating vehicles continues to grow. Since 2008 I have been navigating on a 1966 Bristol MW Royal Blue coach. The event normally lasts 3 days, over a weekend towards the end of June. This year the start point was near High Wycombe and the event ended in Bath. It's not a race but brings back coach travel to authentic routes where possible as used by Royal Blue coaches, including going through towns and villages rather than bypasses.
The Saturday of this year's event saw a day in South Devon, starting at Exeter coach station and finishing at Salcombe, with plenty of photographic stops. There were 17 vehicles running on this Saturday, some vehicles don't do the whole 3 days. I photographed many of them arriving at Teignmouth for a break, and here's a selection of them. Full list of vehicles running during the weekend is given on the Royal Blue and Associated Motorways website. The organisers are already planning next years event.
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For the record, I make it 18 vehicles (not 17) on the Saturday -
12 Royal Blues:-
HOD 30 and LTA 729 -- Bristol L and LL
OTT 43 and OTT 98 - Bristol LS type
56 GUO and 625 DDV - Bristol MW type - 1st style body
253 KTA and 759 MDV - Bristol MW type - 2nd style body
EDV 502D and EDV 505D - Bristol MW type - 3rd style body
837 SUO and OTA 632G - Bristol RE type
3 Western Nationals:-
270 KTA and 275 KTA - Bristol SUL type
AFJ 727T Bristol LH type
3 'Others 'on hire' to RB:-
WDK 562T - Yelloway AEC Reliance
EMW 284 - Wilts & Dorset Bristol L type
960 HTT - Grey Cars AEC Reliance
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Old Bus Photos from 11:53 Saturday 25th April 2009 to 20:34 Thursday 23rd May 2013