Be­hind the wheel of a vin­tage bus

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

DJ Chris Evans took the wheel of a vin­tage bus at the week­end af­ter pass­ing his PCV (Pas­sen­ger Car­ry­ing Ve­hi­cle) test in Uxbridge.

The Top Gear pre­sen­ter took his test at Yead­ing Test Cen­tre on Mon­day (Oc­to­ber 19) along with Alex Jones from The One Show.

Af­ter find­ing out he had passed, Chris told his fol­low­ers on Twit­ter: “Phew. Thanks to Richard and Martin and Motts. And Matt, Roly and Sammy at Yead­ing Test Cen­tre for be­ing gen­tle with us.”

Chris and Alex drove a 1950s Bed­ford bus at Hyde Park on Sun­day (Novem­ber 1) in this year’s run­ning of Bon­hams Lon­don to Brighton Vet­eran Car Run in aid of Chil­dren in Need.

They were joined by Ra­dio 2 broad­caster Ken Bruce, be­hind the wheel of a sim­i­larly aged 60-year-old Bed­ford.

Five lis­ten­ers of Evans’ Ra­dio 2 break­fast show do­nated £349,628 for the priv­i­lege of be­ing pas­sen­gers in the pair of pe­riod coaches.

The top bid­der, known as Mike from East York­shire, re­port­edly promised £90,000 for him­self and 19 friends to ride down to Brighton, while the next four high­est bid­ders will be tak­ing four friends each.

The Bon­hams Lon­don to Brighton Vet­eran Car Run cel­e­brates the orig­i­nal Eman­ci­pa­tion Run, held on Novem­ber 14, 1896, fol­low­ing an act of par­lia­ment which raised the speed limit for ‘light lo­co­mo­tives’ from 4mph to 14mph and abol­ished the need for a man walk­ing ahead of the cars wav­ing a red flag.

The first re-en­act­ment of the Eman­ci­pa­tion Run took place in 1927 and has been held ev­ery year since, with the ex­cep­tion of the war years and 1947 when petrol ra­tioning was in force.

Sun­day’s event be­gan with a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony to rip up the sym­bolic red flag.

n GREAT VIN­TAGE: Robert Lodge – owner of Lodge Coaches – Alex Jones from the BBC’s One Show and Ra­dio 2 Break­fast Show broad­caster Chris Evans

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