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COACH and bus operators who went to the Scottish Motor Show expecting an extensive public service vehicle presentation will have been disappointed. But those who ventured outside the exhibition centre to attend the peripheral dealer shows should have found something to make their trips worthwhile nevertheless.
At the main show Leyland Bus was the only maker to have a stand dedicated to the industry. On it was one of the latest Royal Tiger Doyens to come out of Workington. Accompanying it was the Leyland Lynx skeletal structure shown previously at the UITP show in Brussels and at the International Bus and Coach Show at Earls Court.
Volvo also exhibited a coach destined for the wellknown Scottish fleet of Parks of Hamilton. The black Volvo MOM GL executive coach was fitted with a Portuguese-made Caetano Algarve body finished to a particularly high standard, with many extras including full air conditioning. The coach is to be used for duties that will include the transport of Scottish football teams.
One of the most interesting dealer side shows was that of SMT. At its showrooms in nearby Finnieston Street the company mounted a wideranging display including new and slightly used minibuses based on Bedford and Freight Rover vans. Also shown were Bedford Venturer and YNT coaches bodied by Wrights and Plaxtons, and the new Duple 320 body.
With deregulation in the offing an exhibit of particular interest was an 1-man: Bedford YMT bus fitted with Wrights Ti' bodywork and Allison automatic transmission,