My dad had one of those!
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
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
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