and Dorset Group is a small group of bus
enthusiasts with strong links to the Devon and Dorset areas.
Between us, we have a collection of preserved buses, most of which have
connections to the South West and several originated with one of the
most famous and respected names in the bus industry, Devon
Group is, essentially, an affiliation of 4 like-minded individuals, all
of whom own buses. We do not have a formal membership but
maintain a list of 'friends' who are interested in our vehicles and who
have asked to be kept informed of news and events that we organise from
time to time. If you would like to be added to this list please
e-mail our General Mailbox using the 'Contact' link above.
philosophy is that we enjoy running our buses just as much as attending
rallies so, in addition to participating in a number of organised
events each year, we try and stage a few less formal running days of
our own, typically returning some of our vehicles to their old
territory and re-creating routes of years gone by.
central part of our activities each year have been the two Vintage Bus
Running Days that we organise in Weymouth
the Weymouth Rally and Torbay Rally pages for further details
of these events. Both are currently 'resting' but we hope to see
them revived in the not too distant future.
remainder of this site gives details not only of the Weymouth Rally and Torbay Rally but also
particulars of the vehicles we own, events that we plan to attend
the year, a little about the stories behind restoring old buses to
near-original condition and plenty of photographs. The site
is updated regularly so do check back from time to time as
extra features are planned.
we are most grateful to those who have provided us with photographs for
inclusion on the site, particularly: Robin Woodcock, Graeme Selway,
James Pratt, Terry Bennett, Terry Partridge, Gerry Tormey
and Simon Coates. There may be a few other shots where we
have been unable to ascertain the identity of the photogapher - please
let us know if any of them are yours so that we can give due credit.
The Devon and
Dorset Group is a member of the National Association of Road Transport