My dad had one of those!

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In the 24 Fe­bru­ary is­sue of CCW you stated that the Vardy fam­ily has been in the mo­tor trade for three gen­er­a­tions and more than 90 years. While I’m full of

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Your Let­ters, The Editor, CCW, I was in­ter­ested in Mark Southgate’s let­ter ( CCW 2 March) about the Routemas­ter bus and shift­ing the gears cor­rectly. I have owned six of th­ese won­der­ful buses, and they re­ally are a plea­sure to drive. I cur­rently have an RT, a Lon­don bus from 1948, well be­fore the Routemas­ter came to ex­ist.

The RT re­quires more ef­fort and thought than the Routemas­ter (RM) when driv­ing. RMs can usu­ally be driven in au­to­matic mode, whereas the RT has pre-se­lect gearchange, is around a ton heav­ier than the RM and, un­like the RM, has no power steer­ing. Your 2 March ar­ti­cle on the 65 years of the Vaux­halls E-se­ries just by chance co­in­cided with me find­ing this photo of my late father, who prior to 1961 ran a taxi firm. As you can see, one of the cars is a Vaux­hall Wyvern, the other is a Stan­dard Van­guard, but I’m not sure what the shoot­ing brake is. Les­lie Mur­ray, Langholm, Dum­friesshire

Me­dia House, Lynch Wood, Peter­bor­ough, Cambs PE2 6EA. Or email edi­to­rial@clas­s­ic­car­weekly.co.uk

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