Having taken several months of planning the main event in June for The Year of the Bus. Was the much anticipated Regent Street Cavalcade, which promised some 40 plus vehicles across London's Transport history, in attendance. Using a rolling road block between eight and ten buses were driven to regent Street from the Albert Embankment. Classic London General B and K-types, a Thomas Tilling double decker and one A.G. Partridge vehicle were amongst the first wave. Then came the STL, RT, RTL, RTW and RLH variations of the AEC Regent chassis, these looked the part wondering around central London. The prototype Routemasters RM2 and RML3 were the next to be seen, passing along Whitehall and Trafalgar Square. Following more restored RM's came the initial rear engine buses the FRM1, SM1, MBA582, DMS1, M1, T1 and DMS 2646, all entering lower Regent Street. Awaiting there turn onto the Regent Street display, these were followed by modern buses in the shape of a SP, TE, VW, three LTs an OEC and the Optare Excel outshopped in the Year of the Bus evolution of the London bus advert.
As the vehicles were parked up along the length of Regent Street, with stalls and various entertainment areas. The setting was complete for a good day, as the horse drawn bus stood at the Piccadilly Circus end, while LT8 was placed near the Oxford Circus end of Regent Street. While this unique event was going on the North Wheld Bus rally was in full swing, again with a Year of the Bus flavor. There were not Leyland or Volvo Olympians or V3 at Regent Street, but the preserved Grey Green 115 Volvo Citybus was there.
The hot sunny weather also help the day go by, as the families wonder around the history of the London bus. Starting with the George Shillibeer horse drawn bus right up to the low floor New Routemaster buses, via the London General B-type, London Transport RT, RM, DMS, SM, M and T class buses, then the modern low floor Dennis Trident, Scania N230UD and Volvo B7TL. The London Transport Museum and TfL members were on hand to assist, with questions and vehicle information. For myself, I was pleased to have made the effort to travel down from Yorkshire for this special event. With the support of Londoners and tourists the whole event was a welcome relief from a congested central London. But no-doubt some with disagree with such events that prevent people moving around London by car.