Lolloping buses tame the track in Wiltshire

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Classic buses stole the show at Castle Combe’s Classic and Retro Action Day as they tackled the 1.85mile circuit on 29 June.

The Bristol Vintage Bus Group brought along six specimens, from the 1940s and 1950s, all of which got out on the Wiltshire track.

Castle Combe marketing and events manager Jo Sparrow said: “We always hoped that they would be popular, but I don’t think any of us really perceived quite how popular they might be.

“I have to admit that the speeds weren’t quite as you’d imagine with them topping out at around 50mph – at a stretch – compared to the 130mph or so that some of our drivers reach at the race meetings.

“We did set a new lap record, though, with a time of just 4 minutes 20 secs! It’s great that a rough lap record has been achieved; probably to do with the fact we haven’t had too many vintage buses around the circuit in the past!

“They might not have been the fastest times ever but, to be honest, the circuit corners at Quarry and Camp were still pretty tricky even at these lower speeds. You should have seen the buses cornering!”

The BVBG also gave 500 passengers a jaunt around the circuit during the day.

Better suited to track work were cars such as a 1958 Lister Bristol sports racer and a 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite.  

More modern classis came in the form of Triumph Dolomite Sprints, a Vauxhall HP Firenza, Honda S800s , a collection of Fiat Pandas, plus an Opel Manta and multiple Minis.

Car of the Show went to the 1970 Ford Cortina 1600 of Sean Puckle, from the RS Owners’ Club, while the Lotus 7 Club took the award for best organisation.

The next major classic event at Castle Combe is the Autumn Classic race meeting, held on Sunday 6th October.

For more information, visit the circuit’s website or call 01249 782417.

Pictures: Trackside Images

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