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OFFICIAL CLUB EVENTS 2018

January 1 London New Year's Day Parade. Central London.
http://www.londonparade.co.uk/
April 7

Heritage Transport Show.
The Kent Showground, Detling Hill, Maidstone, ME14 3JF.
http://kentshowground.co.uk/heritage-transport-show/

April 15

London Bus Museum ‘Spring Gathering’.
London Bus Museum, Cobham Hall, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN.
http://www.londonbusmuseum.com/
May 6

Chestnut Sunday Parade.
Chestnut Avenue, Bushy Park, Hampton Court, TW11 0BS.
https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park/things-to-see-and-do/upcoming-events-in-bushy-park/chestnut-sunday

May 20 LVTA Annual General Meeting. All members & families very welcome.
Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 5QG
http://www.cantleyhotel.co.uk/
May 26-28 Enfield Pageant of Motoring.
Enfield Playing Fields, Enfield, EN1 3PL.
http://www.whitewebbsmuseum.co.uk/html/body_enfield_pageant.html
June 2-3 BVAC Historic Motoring Extravaganza.
Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Berwickshire, TD2 6RU.
http://www.bvac.org.uk/
June 24 British Autojumble.
Kasteellaan 1, 5253 AM Nieuwkuijk, The Netherlands.
http://www.mgcarclub.nl/

June 24

Transport of Yesteryear Show.
School Hill, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4DL.
http://www.transportofyesteryear.com/

July 8

LVTA 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT. A full day of Celebration.
RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL.
https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

July 15

Uxbridge Autoshow.
Middlesex Showground, Uxbridge, UB8 1NS.
http://www.uxbridgeautoshow.com/
September 2

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Vintage Bus Rally.
New Romney Station, Littlestone Road, New Romney, TN28 8PL.
http://www.rhdr.org.uk/index.html

September 7-9 Goodwood Revival.
Goodwood, Chichester, PO18 0PX.
https://grrc.goodwood.com/section/goodwood-revival/
September 22-23 East Anglia Transport Museum.
Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 8BL.
http://eatransportmuseum.co.uk/
November 11 Remembrance Sunday Veterans Transport.
London Waterloo Station to the Cenotaph. SE1 8SW.

N.B. Please let us know in advance if you would like to bring a vehicle to any of the above events, as some event organizers insist on pre-registration of vehicles.
Thank you.

Below are a selection of photographs depicting a typical rally season, or 'a year in the life of the LVTA'. We always strive to make each year bigger and better than the last, adding new events wherever possible, and we warmly welcome members and visitors alike to join us at any of our events.

The rally season got off to a ‘flying start’ at Wisley Airfield in April when 15 taxis assembled to compliment the 300 buses on display at the annual ‘Spring Gathering’ hosted by the London Bus Preservation Trust.
Having spent the long winter months busily working away in their garages, several of our members exhibited their newly restored taxis for the first time. Also appearing for the first time, and giving rides, was one of the LBPT’s recently restored Victorian horse buses, dating from c.1890.

Part of the line up at Wisley
Part of the line up at Wisley Photo: LVTA

Part of the line up at Wisley
Part of the line up at Wisley Photo: LVTA

All aboard the Horse Bus
All aboard the Horse Bus Photo: LVTA

The Enfield Pageant of Motoring in May saw a wide variety of taxis on display over the three day event, including a rare Austin FL2 and a gas powered taxi from Japan. Thankfully the weather was kinder to us than in previous years, allowing the assembled vehicles to be seen at their gleaming best.

A trio of Low Loaders at Enfield
A trio of Low Loaders at Enfield Photo: LVTA

Part of the line up at Enfield
Part of the line up at Enfield Photo: LVTA

Part of the line up at Enfield
Part of the line up at Enfield Photo: LVTA

LPG gas powered taxi from Japan
LPG gas powered taxi from Japan Photo: LVTA

May also saw us participate in the London to Brighton Commercial Vehicle Rally.

Despite persistent torrential rain we all arrived safely; cold and wet, but relieved and happy to have made the journey.

Our arrival at a very wet Brighton Seafront
Our arrival at a very wet Brighton Seafront Photo: LVTA

We were joined by Lord Montagu’s Unic
We were joined by Lord Montagu’s Unic Photo: LVTA

The Bromley Pageant of Motoring in June is the largest single day classic car show in the World, attracting over 3,000 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors.

Our impressive display of taxis, period photographs, rare memorabilia and historical information earned us third prize in the ‘special club display’ category for the second year in succession.

The LVTA club stand at Bromley
The LVTA club stand at Bromley Photo: LVTA

Prize winning display at Bromley
Prize winning display at Bromley Photo: LVTA

Also attended in June was the ‘Austin Weekend’ hosted by ‘Isle of Wight Austins’, which saw several of our members very warmly welcomed for a well organised and extremely enjoyable programme of social events, rallies and scenic road runs around the Island.

Members gather at the Propeller Inn for dinner
Members gather at the Propeller Inn for dinner Photo: LVTA

Austins of all shapes and sizes meet for a picnic
Austins of all shapes and sizes meet for a picnic Photo: LVTA

Participants dressed to match the age of their cars
Participants dressed to match the age of their cars Photo: LVTA

July saw two popular and long standing fixtures in the LVTA calendar, the first being the North Weald Bus Rally, held at the historic former RAF Battle of Britain fighter base in Essex. Both vintage and modern taxis from as far afield as Manchester were on display alongside classic buses and coaches of all types and ages.

Vintage and modern taxis on display at North Weald
Vintage and modern taxis on display at North Weald Photo: LVTA

A crescent of Routemasters at North Weald
A crescent of Routemasters at North Weald Photo: LVTA

Our UK rally season culminated at the Uxbridge Auto Show, where our Vice Chairman from the USA, our European representative from the Netherlands and members from Denmark & Italy all came to join UK members from right across England for one of our biggest and best events yet.

Eager anticipation turned to broad smiles as taxis filled our allotted pitch to capacity, and members from around the world finally got to meet with each other face to face.

After a sumptuous picnic lunch, we were invited to parade our taxis in the central arena, to the delight of both the public and our international guests, some of whom bravely participated in a display of close formation driving.

The final highlight of the day was our annual presentation of trophies, not only for the best presented vehicles, but also our most deserving members.

We could not have asked for a more fitting finale to end our rally season.

Gleaming in the sunshine
Gleaming in the sunshine Photo: LVTA

Classic curves of the 1950s
Classic curves of the 1950s Photo: LVTA

Over 25 years of production separates these Taxis
Over 25 years of production separates these Taxis Photo: LVTA

Lunch in the marquee
Lunch in the marquee Photo: LVTA

On parade in the central arena
On parade in the central arena Photo: LVTA

On parade in the central arena
On parade in the central arena Photo: LVTA

Trophies for the Best
Trophies for the Best Photo: LVTA

We’re a really friendly group, why not join us?
We’re a really friendly group, why not join us? Photo: LVTA