to promote the study and preservation of Leyland vehicles
 
     
 

Leyland Society Gathering - 2011

"Leylands at Gaydon". Leyland Gathering 2011 The annual Gathering of Leylands was held for 2011 on 17th July at a new venue for the Society, the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, near Warwick. We took the decision to hold the event at this location to try to equalise the distances vehicles would have to travel to the event and also in response to exhibitors' comments about previous locations.

The weather in the week prior to the event had been very unsettled and the forecast for the day of our Gathering promised heavy rain predicted at times. The day itself started out grey and overcast with dark clouds on the horizon but it had remained dry overnight so we started hopefully. The first entrants began to arrive shortly after 8.30 and soon there was a steady stream of Leyland lorries and buses descending the ramp to the display arena. The space available for parking exhibits was larger and better surfaced than previous venues and there was a separate area available for unloading transporters. Unfortunately, the rain did not hold off for long and a series of heavy showers meant that spectators were forced to seek shelter at regular intervals. We had a total of 31 vehicles on display, 13 of these were lorries and 18 buses. This year we were celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Leyland Comet and three splendidly restored examples attended. There was a wide variety of buses attending ranging from Mike Sutcliffe's 1921 G7 Charabus through the archetypal Titan and Tigers of the 1950s to the underfloor Tiger Cub and Leopard designs, finished off by two of the Royal Tiger Doyen integral coachs produced in the 1980s. The range of lorries was equally wide, ranging from the 1932 TA4 through the mouthorgan cabbed Beaver and Steer models of the 1950s, to the Ergomatic and finally two Cruiser models that were part of the 1980s T45 range. For the first time, we even had a radio controlled model Leyland lorry on display to demonstrate the range of interest that our members have in Leyland and its products. As the day went on, the sun did manage to shine at times but during the showers, many people took the opportunity to look at the Heritage Centre collection which contains many vehicles from the Leyland group companies, including one of the few surviving Leyland 8 sports cars. The Society stand was present, selling our clothing and other products. Many members took the opportunity to renew their Society membership for 2011-12 or renew friendships and make new acquaintances and discuss all things Leyland. Once again we produced a memento of the event, this year taking the form of a replica of the Comet badge used on the vehicles of the same name. If any member would like to purchase one, they are available from Dave Bishop, details on the website.

 

The Event Organisers and Society Committee would particularly like to thank all the vehicle owners and spectators who attended the event despite the uncertain forecast as well as the volunteers who assisted with marshalling through both rain and shine. If anyone has any feedback on this year's event or the venue we would be pleased to receive it. The planning for next year has already started and although at this stage it looks likely that we may hold the 2012 Gathering at a different venue, we would welcome comments from both vehicle owners and spectators for consideration in future years.

 
1987 Royal Tiger entered by Mr. D. Rogers.   1965 Titan PD2/40, A. Wakelin.
     
 
1978 Lynx. Mr. N. James   1989 Roadtrain 20-35. Engine Rolls Royce 12.2 ltr. Mr. K. Dennis.
     
 
1948 Titan PD2/1 belonging to the 1685 Group, Wythall, and 1951 Tiger PS2, Mr. D. Wheatley.   Another picture of HVJ 583
 
     
   

(C) Jimmy King

 
     

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