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I started my bus career in 1972, driving this 'Bristol' for Blackwell & Woodcock.
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007 on Country Bus service 1973
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007 At the Park 1973
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Bristol LH on Airport run 1978
FDL 842
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Vic's Tours Bedford OB 1970
CYO 692V
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1988. From humble beginnings. Unfortunately, the bank wouldn't give me the loan I wanted. Ford Transit 12 seat.

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This was a VW LT28 with 15 forward facing seats. I got this in 1989
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I kept her for about 2 years but she was very unreliable and uncomfortable for the passengers.
D872 FHU
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This was my pride & joy! My first 'proper' minibus. I used to enjoy doing tours in this Leyland 17 seater and did some pretty choice work too.
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I kept FHU for about 4 years.
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Outside Harold Wilson's house with Lord & Lady Wilson, Lord & Lady Callaghan in the b/ground.
F883 XOE
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My first venture into the realms of 'walk in' access. Acquired from 'Houston Ramm' in 1994
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This could have been the ultimate bus for my needs but the 'Carlyle' bodywork was too heavy for the Leyland chassis and prone to rot underneath.
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FDL 842 (Corgi made a model of this particular coach)
Vic's Tours was established in 1947 by Vic Trenwith and his nephew, Ronnie Perry. They operated tours around St Marys for many years and when both men died, the business was taken over by Ron's son-in-law, Bruce Maple who ran it for another 7 years until his untimely death in 1997. That's when the business was bought out by myself and incorporated into the name 'Island Rover'. The name 'Vics Tours' was dropped in respect to their memory.
"Bertha"
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When I bought Vic's Tours, I inherited the contracts that went with it. My vehicle wasn't up to the job so another visit to the bank and I ended up with this Leyland Cub (Redline) coach which I acquired from 'Ebdon's Coaches' of Sidcup in Feb. 1998
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A full compliment of passengers enjoying themselves on 'Bertha'.

SOLD

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Bertha resting


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'Bertha' & 'Ivy'
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'Ivy' between Fred's 'Ford' bus and Allan's taxi.
"Ivy 2".
H460 HBA

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 Another Iveco 49/10 with 25 seats, also acquired from Houston Ramm in 1999

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The last thing you see when you cross the road without looking.
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'Bertha' in front of Coastguard tower.
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A coffee & photo break at the Airport.
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'Ivy 2' & Me in Holy Vale
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WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN!
This was the 'Bristol VRT' open topper that I got in 2003 from Andrew & Simon Munden in Bristol. This bus was acquired in order to compete with another open topper that was brought into the Islands in 2002. I decided to have her painted in the original 'Vic's Tours' colours of Cream & Blue. I drove her down from Bristol but by the time I got to Penzance, the weather had changed for the worse and it was 6 weeks before it settled enough to bring her over on 'Mojo Maritime's' landing craft. It was during **this time that I decided that she was just too big for Scilly and that it wasn't fair to the locals, visitors or Islands and sold her to Western Greyhound in Newquay. 
 'Island Rover' fleet in 1998
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'Bertha', Me in front of 'Dora' (Vic's Tours' old Bedford/Duple coach) & 'Ivy' on quiet day.
'Wilma'
WIL 3639

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A 1986 Bedford YMP coach with Plaxton Paramount bodywork. Bought from 'Vale Travel' of Nottingham in October 2003
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The last thing you see when you cross the road without looking.

 
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Inside 'Wilma'

 

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Wilma with 2 of our pleasure boats, 'Osprey' & 'Kingfisher' in Falmouth Marina
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Backing 'Wilma' onto L/Craft in Penzance.

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All aboard!
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Entering 'Grand Harbour, St. Marys.
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Off-loading at Rachabite Slip'.
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Nearly there
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Check up before starting work.
Radio Cornwall visit to Scilly 2004. Celebrating Wilma's first tour.
This was the first tour I did with 'Wilma', Janet Ethorne brought over some Radio Cornwall listeners and stayed at Tregarthen's hotel. I got a couple of bottles of wine and we celebrated the future.
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About to get out at the Airport.
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Making the most of a lovely sunny day. The celebrations carried on in Tregarthen's hotel late into the night.
New for 2005. This 1957 Titan spent a few years on Jersey.
Mojo Maritime landing craft arriving in Scilly after a 6 hour journey from Penzance.
Leyland PD2 arriving in Scilly. April 2005

 

Final approach into 'Rachebite Slip'
Getting prepared.

 

Me driving her off, wheels on scillonian territory for first time.
Inching down the ramp.

 

Resting after her marathon 260 journey from Lydney to Scilly over land and sea.
In her new home at last.

 


'Daisy' with Island Rover sign writing in place.
With new island Rover sign writing
Even on a cold, windy day the magnetism of the old girl gets peopl interested. People actually stop and wave as we go by.
I wasn't going to bother today because of the cold wind, but the feeling amongst the people was 'go for it!'

 

Daisy at Porthlow Boatyard, overlooking beach.
Daisy at Porthlow with 'Shearings' group in good spirits. Surprising what a bit of sunshine does. (I call it 'Daisy' because some days 'e goes out and some days 'e don't)

 


Sunshine brings out the best in people. 
Daisy at the end of Golf Club Lane

 

A bright sunny morning on the Strand. Top deck aboard 'Daisy'.
Waiting for the morning tour to get under way.

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'
Daisy' on Nike Engineering's new ramp. This new workshop opened up in the summer 2005 and brought maintenance on St Marys into the 21st century.

 

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Holgate's Green with youngster's birthday party aboard.

 

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Taken by Bob Tuthill


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Taken by Bob Tuthill
Taken by Bob Tuthill whilst over on holiday with 'Palmer's Travel'
Leonardo D'Caprio

This was 'Woodcock's Buses' Dennis Dart arriving on the 'Portree' in 2003. Eric asked me to go away and collect it for him, take it to Falmouth and load it. Next day she arrived in Scilly.
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Katie covering wedding  July 2007

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Me & Fred having a 
Coffee break, October 2007. 

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Katie's 60th birthday
July 8th 2008
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Fred, (Katie's driver) - Harry & Me
Summer 2008
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Dave, the Shearing's courier, Me, Harry & Fred.
Summer 2008
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Dave, Me & Fred.
Summer 2008

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These photos were sent to me by an old friend and show Vic's tours Austin in a barn somewhere in Hampshire. It was taken about 20 years ago, shortly after she left Scilly.

Anyone know anything about it?

Below: This photo was kindly sent in by Brian Clifton and shows Vic's Tours 'Commer' with one of their famous Bedford ob's, (Probably FDL842 The coach that 'Corgi' based their model on) outside their garage on the Strand. Pic. taken in 1974

Below: This was kindly sent in by Dave Griffiths and shows one of Vic's old Bedfords by the Park. This model preceded the OB.

This collection was sent in by Richard Pearce and depict some of Vic's coaches, including one of Ronnie Perry, who many people thought was 'Vic'.

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This photo was pinched from a local website and shows one of Vic's old Austins by the Park. 

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Below: Bedford OB at Maypole 1966 (photo by kind permission of Richard Leaman)

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Well, after 5 summers here, Daisy has now left the Islands and gone back to 'London Bus Export Co' in Lydney. If anyone's interested, she's up for grabs, please contact them on 01291 689741

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Some people go bald, some go grey...Bus drivers do both.

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Worried man at work. These business tycoons don't know what pressure is.            

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Angle of the dangle...Pythagoras theory all to hell here. 

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Reversing onto the ramp...please note ground clearance.

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Leaving the slip and heading for pastures new.

Today 28th March 2011 Wilma left the Islands for pastures new after 7 years here on St Marys. She served me well.

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Below = These two buses will join 'Katie' to make up our fleet for 2011.

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Island Rover's latest acquisition, a Volvo B6 fresh out of the spray shop. (Now in our own livery)

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Our recent acquisition of this Optare Metrorider, converted to open sides


Yours truly by the Company workhorse. (Volvo B6)

 

Below = New for 2017

  

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