Our Rally’s eighth edition counted upon the presence of 45 buses, five more than the previous year and nine of them coming for the first time. This continuous growth in the number of participants reaffirms the growing interest of the event among both operators and individual owners alike.
As every year, both preparatory arrangements and buses queuing up waiting for a position in the exhibition area livened up this Saturday’s morning.
Let us immediately review the new entrants:
Chevrolet Barreiros – ALSA – 1928. The oldest entrant, with wooden bodywork
Ford Mintegui – ALSA – 1940. It was undoubtedly the most interesting entrant, having an aluminium bodywork on Ford Thames chassis
Setra S154 – Toni Arimany- 1981.It was preserved some time ago, but today it was its official presentation, an authentic Spanish Setra classic.
Pegaso 6038 – Joan Cols – 1986. A Madrid’s municipal transport fleet initially preserved by Pedro Orellana. Its preservation would be recently taken over by our associate Joan Cols.
Pegaso 5036/S, Camelsa Yethero. Empresa Sagalés (1987) This coach belonged to H.Vilas from Eivissa (Baleraric Islands), an operator recently taken over by Sagalés
Renault FR1, Standard 216 (1987)Grenoble’s association participated with this coach equipped with bunk beds
MAN NL202 Sercar- Vis Serveis – 1992.This open-deck bus developed from the chassis of one of the first Barcelona’s low-floor buses has been taken over by Vis Serveis mechanical workshops
VanHool A308L – Sarbus – 1999. Recently withdrawn, this bus has been preserved after 18 years service in Sant Cugat’s local bus service
Before the opening to the public takes place it is a good moment to meet the old friends as well as to make new ones, to exchange praises and compliments, tricks of the trade, the address of a good workshop, and so on.
Taking a break with Grenoble’s Standard 216 members
TMB’s volunteers take a picture with the ASPTUIT team
Ot Triviño, Juanjo Rubio and Raúl setting up the bus driving simulator
Standard 216 members took a nap in their own coach before the afternoon opening
At 4 pm all buses are in place and we proceed to the opening to the public
The official opening to the public took place, as usual, at 4:30 pm. Crowds of visitors immediately filled the area. There were activities for the children offered by the Jovi Bus, a gymkhana around the exhibition to get some gifts, guided tours and, thanks to the cooperation with the association Amics del Bus, visitors were offered the opportunity to drive a bus in a bus driving simulator!
The Jovi-Bus is a traditional International US School Bus
Visitors had to wait up to one hour to enjoy the bus driving simulator despite the seven terminals available.
Every 30 minutes there was a guided tour of the exhibition, given by ARCA’s associates Albert González Masip and Lluís Cuesta
David Arriola and Josep Saz took care of the older exhibits which were also too accessible and therefore needed special attention
Hem tingut animació i entrevistes en directe al mateix recinte. D’esquerra a dreta dos membres destacats de la família Sagalés, l’speaker Andreu Susany, el president d’ARCA, en José Burgos, i en David, l’altre speaker.
Closure with the Magic Fountains in the background
Sunday 4th June, the parade begins!
A les 10 del matí els 45 autobusos participants han començat a desfilar cap a Caldes de Montbui
L’amenaça de pluja no ha estat un impediment per que s’omplís la jardinera de Viserveis
L’Aclo 410 ha tingut una aturada pel camí. Afortunadament, ha pogut continuar poc després,
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