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On May 3 some of our members were travelling on the M1 towards Brighton for the HCVC Rally when, near St. Albans. the engine of their vehicle broke down. This fault has not yet been diagnosed, but is thought to be either a broken big-end or a broken crankshaft. The bus, a Dennis Lancet I with an 04 engine dating from 1936, was towed to a service station at Redbourne, where it has remained whilst attempts have been made to ensure its recovery.
Unfortunately, the garage has seen fit to quadruple the storage fees, and this makes recovery of this most interesting bus virtually impossible, as the club will be unable to pay these charges alone, towing charges unconsidered. We are hoping, therefore, that a kindly haulier may be prepared to remove the Dennis to Hull, or to a point near Rugby where the bus can be safely stored, or even to the haulier's own yard, where negotiations for repairs could continue without threat of financial difficulty. We all appreciate how difficult it is for any operator to work free of charge when the industry is so competitive. and would most certainly be prepared to pay a nominal charge, or even near commercial rates if credit could be allowed.
I end by stressing the importance of this bus fa saloon, by the way) to the preservation movement and, in fact, to the general public. R. J. BERRIEMAN. for Kent Vehicle Preservation Society (Yorkshire Branch), 280 Beverley Road, Kingston upon Hull