Coach builder Plaxton hosted its first rally on Thursday August 8 to celebrate the firm's British heritage.
The Scarborough-based company, part of Alexander Dennis Limited welcomed 42 Plaxton coaches from 32 operators to participate in the competition and winners were announced at a seaside-themed awards dinner at Scarborough Spa on Thursday evening.
The event was held as a thank you to loyal customers and as a celebration of Plaxton’s 112-year history and diverse product range.
Five hundred visitors attended the event, raising £1,800 for Plaxton's two chosen charities: the RNLI to support Scarborough’s local lifeboat, named after the company’s founder Frederick William Plaxton, and Saint Catherine’s hospice.
Entrants were split into five age-based award categories as well as People’s Choice and Best in Rally before being judged by a panel of four industry experts.
After the judging a cavalcade took place along Marine Drive.
Richard Matthews, Retail Sales Director for Bus & Coach, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined us for this unique occasion!
"I couldn’t be more proud of the team for putting on such a fantastic event. It really was a celebration of what makes Plaxton great and we’re humbled by how much support we’ve received from the industry to make it happen.”
IN PICTURES: Plaxton Coach rally
After a closely fought competition, the winners were announced as follows:
- Pre-1964: Johnson Brothers, 1963 Panorama VAL
- 1965–1979: Kenzies Coaches, 1965 Panorama VAL
- 1980–1991: Sharpes of Nottingham, 1981 Supreme IV
- 1992–2010: Henry Cooper Coaches, 1996 Excalibur
- 2011–Present day: Country Lion, 2017 Elite
- People’s Choice: Acklams Coaches, 2017 Elitei team coach
- Best in Show: Johnson Brothers, 1963 Panorama VAL