Behind the wheel of a vintage bus
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