We have had another busy few weeks travelling across the UK to catch up with both family members and collectors who we have not seen for a number of years. It has also been a period where we have added over 100 models to the collection with a number being obtained from friends on their holidays, across the world.
Of particular note catching up with Peter Cox at his home in Dorking. A Bus Collector who we have known for over 30 years. Peter has written various articles and produced publications on model buses over a long period. Picture below of Geoff and Peter Cox.
We were pleased to once again support our local Aston Manor Road Transport Museum at Aldridge at their recent Open Day where they had a number of their preserved buses operating "Free" rides for visitors. We were inside the Museum with a very large stall selling off surplus models from previous collections we had acquired. It was good to chat with so many collectors and bus enthusiasts on this occasion. This Museum needs support from visitors at events to make it a long term viability and a great success story. - Please see pictures below.
Another late arranged surprise visit from our friend in Hong Kong - Yonie Sung. He was over on his own for a week looking over another 'Hong Kong' Bus (full size) in the north of the UK. He was hoping to add to his three full size buses he already has in Hong Kong. Although this could remain in the UK for restoration if he is successful with the purchase. Very pleased he brought along a number of Hong Kong models for the collection this time 'catching' up with the 'Tiny models' Hong Kong collection - thanks to him and the Tiny Management for their help with catalogue and models.
It looks like he has also talked us in to a return visit in February 2018 to see him and attend their large Classic Vehicle Show in Hong Kong. He will be displaying his own restored Buses along with many others alongside cars - the opportunity to ride on these vehicles and the chance to visit 'Tiny Toys' HQ is an opportunity we could not turn down. Pictures below of Yonie Sung seeing our collection.
Collection Reaches 14,000 Model Buses and Trams
The past month records another milestone for our collection with a large number of models added from a number of sources taking the total to 14,038.
Amongst the latest items to arrive have been a large number of diecast and alloy toy buses produced in China and obtained from a several suppliers on Ali Express. Many have been obtained through Daz Auto trading as Baby Home No. 1. My contact Emily Wang has been very helpful in sourcing many different models for us and I thank them all for the excellent service and superb buses added to the collection.
A recent visit from my sister, Glenda and husband Roy to visit our displays also included a trip to Birmingham. Glenda kindly included a picture of us both alongside the Birmingham Bull on her facebook page so I returned the favour with a picture taken of her in 1956 sixty years ago at Great Yarmouth in front of the Seagull Miniature Coach. I think is should have been me on the picture as I was the bus collector not her! However she has continued to search for models and followed my collection ever since.
ANOTHER MEDIA VISIT IN MAY
We were pleased to welcome Journalist and Author Ann Evans and Photographer Rob Tysall who spent four hours at our home to produce a feature on our collection which will appear in a magazine in the next couple of months. "Watch this space".
It was a very enjoyable visit with lots of photographs taken and time spent reminiscing about collecting overs 58 years with plenty of stories told on how some of the models were obtained.
Ann herself is an accomplished author who has written many childrens, local history books and a number of romance novels over many years alongside her other journalistic works for many magazines/papers etc.
TOY & TRAIN COLLECTORS FAIR
Our Toy & Train Collectors Fair at the Oak Park Active Living Cente on the 21st May was once again a successful event. I met up with a number of collectors I had not seen for sometime and was pleased to be given a number of promotional card models alongside other items obtained for me at a bus event in Germany.
Our next will be on the 17th September so come along and have a chat. I will have a number of duplicate items for sale at this event.
We are always on the lookout for any interesting card or other advertising related items to add to our collection.
Hong Kong Bus Enthusiasts Visit
Geoff and Linda welcomed two Bus Enthusiasts from Hong Kong on a visit to their home to see there large Bus Collection on 12th April 2017.
Yonie Sung and Gary Yu from Kowloon spent over six hours viewing the collection.
Yonie a bus enthusiast from childhood owns three full size preserved Hong Kong buses and also owns a number of models. His fellow enthusiast Gary also has a collection of Hong Kong model buses and is more into making his own scratchbuilt models.
Both were very impressed with the size and variation of the models from worldwide and found the Miniature Coaches extra special. Amongst the other highlights were the plastic double deck buses produced in Hong Kong in the 60’s/70’s which were freely available in the UK at that time and also a large Hong Kong Card Double Deck promotional produced for a National Prize Draw in 1985.
Hundreds of photographs were taken by them to show their collecting friends back in Hong Kong and a selection of our photographs taken are below. We hope to welcome them both back next year with perhaps more fellow enthusiasts.
Geoff was given a gift of a ‘New’ Hong Kong Bus Tin which contained candy and a replica ‘Tiny Models’ KMB Leyland Victory Mk2 Double Deck diecast bus to match the Tin. Thanks to them both.
Another two buses added to the collection.
TRANSTAR REUNION OF OLD COLLEAGUES
It was a Transtar Reunion on Tuesday 4th April 2017 when we welcomed Kevin Oakley and his partner Sylvie to visit our ever growing collection. Kevin worked with us on our Classic Car Shows including setting up, judging, and was a popular commentator in the arena between 1992 and 2003 when he left for pastures new across the English Channel in France setting up a garage business. It was great to meet up with him again after 14 years and he is still interested in models. Joining us for later that evening was Steve and Linda Reading who also worked with us on the shows for many years and are still on the toy scene.
London Bus Museum – Brooklands Museum
Spent an enjoyable day in the sunshine, on my first visit to London Bus Museum at Weybridge, Surrey, on 30th March 2017 accompanied by my son Nicholas. We spent hours viewing the exhibits at the London Bus Museum and the other displays on the Brooklands Museum site which included racing cars, motoring village and the amazing aircraft collection which includes the Concorde experience.
A great day out – thanks to the guides in the Bus Museum who made us so welcome – we will be back for sure in the future. See pictures below.
Geoff and Linda Model Bus News
Pleased to meet up with our friend tim Sturgess, Express and Star Photographer at our Toy and Train Fair on Sunday 26th March at Oak Park Active Living Centre. A collector himself!. Took the opportunity to photograph Geoff and that picture appeared in Tuesday 28th March Express and Star. Also pleased to welcome Dave and Linda Spink who visited our home following the Toy Fair to view the Collection.
LATEST TRIP TO GRAN CANARIA - January 2017
Following months of refurbishments of our home having been completed it was time to get away on a “ Busman’s” holiday to the sunshine and a break in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria was the ideal place to go.
The experience brought back fond memories of over 30 years ago when in the 1980’s and 1990’s we made several visits and purchased many models for our collection mostly Spanish made including Guisval, Rico, Mira, Joal – tinplate, plastic, diecast – a great choice. We were lucky enough in those days to be featured in the daily Diario De Las Palmas in October 1984. Times however have now changed, still plenty of shops but model buses are harder to find. Like in most countries interest in collecting toys and cars have diminished.
However, on the positive side, changes to the Island of Gran Canaria over the years has been immense with new shopping outlets, transport system, highways, pedestrian areas, cleaner streets and beaches.
Our search for models to add to our collection was not wasted with 21 different items being obtained. Some diecast, plastic, resin and wood and a visit to the local Guaguas Municipales Transport office to purchase bus tickets resulted in us obtaining a soft toy bus, very nice Guaguas Bus USB stick and a metal keyring. Our thanks to the helpful security man and counter assistant in helping us with this.
On a visit to the south of the Island we found a shop selling toys and added a couple of models. The owner who had been selling toys for over 30 years reminisced about his stock of collectible model cars and buses as well as the collectors who used to regularly visit his shop. Times have now changed but he still had a few old Joal models on the shelves and some newer diecasts.
During the visit we also came across a worldwide city sightseeing opentop bus tours in Las Palmas itself. They had in the Global Bus Station in Old Triana (the old town) a stand promoting their tours and we were fortunate enough to be able to speak to the representative there who had a cardboard miniature version with leaflets in on the top of the bus and was able to photograph it but unfortunately we were unable to bring these items back.
Hopefully sometime in the future we will return again as we thoroughly enjoyed the break there.
For details and pictures regarding our visit to Sri Lanka in late September/early October please click on the Sri Lanka 2016 page and then you will see further sub-headings regarding activities including: Shopping for Buses - Media/Press coverage - Stein TV Studios and Children's TV programme
NEWS - OUT AND ABOUT - 20th September 2016
Following Geoff’s retirement from organising Transport Shows we were hoping to spend time this year visiting events with our Miniature Coaches. We are sorry that we were unable to fulfil any requests this year due to having our house refurbished including the rooms displaying our collection of buses which now totals 13,777 different models.
Also our Toy and Train Collectors Fair which has been at Oak Park Leisure Centre for 25 years has also seen a change with the new Oak Park Active Living Centre built on the site behind the old centre opening in August 2016 and our first Toy and Train Collectors Fair was held in there on the 11th September with great success.
Geoff made another appearance on WCR Radio on Sunday 2nd September talking about his collection and trips away collecting including his thirteen annual trips to Sri Lanka – along with many other countries.
Sri Lankan Photographic Journalist visits Geoff and Linda Model Bus Collection in UK
As a pre-cursor to our trip to Sri Lanka we had the pleasure to host Sanath Weerasuriya, Editor TV, Entertainment and Travel for the Sunday Times/Daily Mirror in Sri Lanka and his wife to our home for a couple of days on their visit to the UK to view, photograph and report our vast collection of model buses and lifestyle. During their visit Geoff and his son took them on a local site seeing visit to the City of Birmingham which included Edgbaston Cricket Ground and world renowned Cadburys World at Bournville.
14th Annual Trip to Sri Lanka
We are both looking forward to our 14th visit to Sri Lanka to meet up again with our many friends at the Royal Palms Beach Hotel. This year Geoff’s sister Glenda and husband Roy are with us, so we will be doing more touring and “collecting” on the island.
In the previous visits we have collected 790 different model buses to add to the collection.
Geoff and Linda welcomed the Mayor of Walsall Councillor Angela Underhill and her Consort John Underhill when they made an official visit to see their Guinness World Record Model Bus Collection of over 13,600 models on 6th April 2016 bringing along with them their 13 year old grandson Sam. The party spent 3 hours viewing all the model rooms and displays including the rare miniature coaches and chatting about how the collection had developed over 40+ years and they had obtained many items from around the world.
The Mayor described the collection as "An unbelievable collection. Still kids at heart", and her Consort found it a "Mind blowing collection". The visit was rounded off with afternoon tea and cakes.
Further pictures of the visit below.
Tune in on SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2015 to WCR FM on 101.8 between 5pm - 6pm for the "Inside Tracks" Progamme presented by Pete Whitehouse.
Geoff's life story is the topic this Sunday as Pete chats to Geoff and charts his life through his early days including work, his Guinness World Record Collection of Model Buses, Family Life, TV and Media work, organising Transport Shows over 40 years and also Toy and Train Collectors Fairs and his trips abroad to Sri Lanka collecting his models plus lots more..... The ten music tracks throughout the programme have been selected from amongst Geoff's favourites over the years.
If you miss out this programme can be found available on your computer during the next few weeks under LISTEN AGAIN on the following link:
My thanks to Presenter Pete Whitehouse and Engineer for the programme Andy Walters - programme produced at WCR Studios, Wolverhampton.
Geoff and Linda Price are looking forward to their 13th visit to Sri Lanka at the Royal Palms Beach Hotel, Kalutara this month and whilst in the country will be looking for new plastic model buses to add to their Guinness World Record collection which now totals 13,526 models with 756 different models purchased from their trips over the past 12 years.
During their stay they will be looking forward to catching up with many of the friends they have made at the hotel and around the area and will be visiting different parts of the island.
After gracing the front of the Bere Regis & District Coaches booking office in Dorchester for many years between 1979 and the early 1990's the Miniature Coach returned back to Dorchester for the first time in 18 years and brought memories flooding back to many people who referred to the miniature as 'the Mascot for Dorchester'.
Geoff and Linda Price, Guinness World Record holders for the largest Model Bus Collection of over 13,600 models purchased the Miniature Coach back in May 1997 as part of their collection which includes 12 other Miniature Coaches.
The couple were delighted to be invited to bring it back to Dorchester for a special event at the Top o'Town car park on Sunday 16th August when a special event was held to Celebrate the History of the Bere Regis & District Motor Services with the launch of a new fleet history book on the Company by Stuart Shelton. Also available was an earlier book titled Bere Regis & District, The Life and Times of Country Busmen by Andrew Waller. Both Stuart and Andrew were on hand to sign copies on the day.
Organised by the Westcountry Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust (WHOTT), the 'free event' included displays of buses and Free rides throughout the day covering the old Bere Regis Bus Routes.
The car park was busy throughout the day with Bus Enthusiasts and many ex Bere Regis employees attending.
It was a privelege to meet so many people who had memories of the Miniature Coach since Bere Regis purchased it in 1962. Some of riding in it at fetes and carnivals in the early years and of the years it spent over the main booking office.
Geoff and Linda would welcome if anyone who has early pictures of the Bere Regis Miniature Coach that we could add on to our Bere Regis section could contact us by email at: email@example.com