I often say that Canvey is my favourite rally but actually, I think its Clacton.....
arrived at the Factory Outlet rally site at about 10am...........and
the next time I paid real close attention to the time, it was just about
5pm! I only just managed to photograph all the buses and just about had
time to chat to fellow preserved owners that I know (plus a bit of last
minute pinning people down ahead of my own rally at Basildon). I have
no idea where the day went!
Well I do a little bit - I offered
myself and DAF P337ROO for service and we were allocated a duty with
four trips spread evenly throughout the day - 2 trips on the town centre
114 service, a 119 journey via Weeley & Thorpe le Soken and then
another trip on the 114.
Things didn't quite go to plan in more
ways than one though. Firstly there was a diversion on the 114 route due
to a road closure; I was a little concerned as I don't know Clacton all
that well - I even warned my passengers that we may get lost - but I
needn't have worried as the diversionary route was quite simple and was
actually well signposted as it was a planned closure/diversion.
on route 119 there was road works at Thorpe le Soken which cost about 6
minutes in queueing time.......of course there wasn't a workman in
sight. I normally stick to the 114 route as that's all I know but I
thought I'd be bold this year and go for the 119 as it looked simple
enough when I looked at a map.........as it turned out its quite a fast
route (ie, some of the roads have high speed limits) so it gave an
oppourtunity to stretch 337's legs and show off her 56mph capability.
had expected the final 114 trip to be a routine affair as I'd already
done the diversionary route twice but the bus service controller asked
me to switch to the 112 Seafront Circular to cover a
gap.........errrrmmmm.......I didn't have a clue where this route ran
but luckily a former Harris Bus driver that know's Clacton well was on
board, so I offered him the oppourtunity to have a drive and thus I now
know where the 112 goes. I think I'm gonna enjoy next year even more now
that I know a few routes!
Here's 337 at Clacton's Pier Avenue on
the first 114 journey - the electronic blind was displaying the Factory
Outlet destination but my camera failed to pick it up: