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EFE SHOWBUS International 2008

EFE SHOWBUS International Entry Form available here
Click here for a list of the vehicles that are entered so far for the rally on September 28th: EFE SHOWBUS International entrants.

Please contact us by e-mail at: rally@showbus.com.

For entry forms download from the above link or contact rally@showbus.com.

Stallholder enquiries should go to stalls@showbus.com.

Anyone interested in joining the judges team or helping in any other way should contact rally@showbus.com.

See foot of page for prize list and admission rates


Sunday September 28th 2008 EFE SHOWBUS International returns to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire to stage a projected display of 500 plus buses and coaches and 100 stalls. A crowd in excess of 10 000 is expected to attend. SHOWBUS was founded in 1973, so this will be our 36th rally.

The Gold Run parade from Cambridge's Trumpington Park & Ride celebrates the centenary of Bristol, one of the country's most famous chassis builders.

Our sponsors from the bus industry include: Exclusive First Editions, Bus & Coach Buyer, Plaxtons, Optare the Go-Ahead Group, First, Plaxtons, Motts Travel, City Sightseeing, Ensignbus, Buses and Red Rose. Thanks to our sponsors the event features loads of prizes for rally entrants, comprising a mixture of cash, presentation EFE models, trophies and souvenir Go-Ahead rally plaques for all entrants. The favorable admission arrangements for preserved vehicles give access to Europe's biggest and best aircraft museum as well as the world's biggest and best bus and coach rally.

There will again be the big attraction of the enormous stallholders' market on the prime site alongside the runway with opportunities not only to buy regular EFE models amongst the diverse selection of bus paraphernalia, but also to acquire the special EFE models associated with the rally.

The Duxford site provides unrivalled facilities for enthusiasts, exhibitors, their families and the general public and you may even see historic aircraft flying and military vehicle demonstrations. Reflecting the International nature of EFE SHOWBUS we welcome enthusiasts and entrants from around the world.

A popular SHOWBUS attraction is the tours of Duxford Village. If your vehicle is suitably taxed and insured and you would like to do a tour, please fill in the appropriate section on the entry form. This year Plaxtons will operate the disabled access on-site shuttle bus. Access to Duxford itself is good. The site is situated at Junction 10 of the M11 near Cambridge. Nearby on the A505 the Coach House Hotel offers both motel accommodation and ample parking for buses (Tel 01763 208272).

Please note that, because of air traffic, dogs are not allowed on the Duxford site. Click here for a map and details of the Duxford Museum.

Click for bus services between Cambridge and Duxford on Sundays.
Check times and fares of NATIONAL EXPRESS services to Duxford from London and even book your ticket nearer the time. This site also provides access to all NATIONAL EXPRESS services nationwide.

Over the years, one thing stands out above all else at EFE SHOWBUS - it is a time for friends and families. A great day out, with plenty to do and see, and that opportunity to meet friends and acquaintances associated with Britain's bus industry from all over the country. 'See you at SHOWBUS' is a familiar phrase, use it and you're sure of a welcome.


The codes next to each prize category should be used to indicate your class of entry. Vehicles may be entered for more than one class, but no vehicle will receive more than one prize.
CodeNon Preserved vehicles CodePreservation AwardsCodeVehicle Awards
  Best Modern Vehicle   Best in Show Shillibeer Award G Pre 1951 & before
 Premier Operator Award
best multiple entry
  Doyen doubledeck H Best 51-59 vehicle
FBest >1990 First Bus
winner & runner-up
  Doyen singledeck I 60-69 doubledeck
D Best >1990 Go-Ahead bus     J 60-69 singledeck
A Best >1990 Arriva bus B Best ECW bodied 7 70-79 doubledeck
SBest >1990 Stagecoach C Best AEC/Park Royal combination P 70-79 singledeck
T Best New Millennium bus LBest Leyland 8 80-89 doubledeck
UBest New Millennium coach MBest Metro Camm or Weymann or MCW R 80-89 singledeck
XBest New Millennium mini <34 seat NBest NCME or Duple 9 90-99 doubledeck
1Best Local authority owned WBest Bedford Q 90-99 singledeck
2Best local operator* Y Best Alexander bodied 5 Best Routemaster
3Best small operator* ZBest ex LT or LCBS O Best Open topper
4Best London bus# 6 Best other bus not included in above V Best overseas entry resident in UK
     Top Rally Goer 2008 zeroBest overseas entry
K Best 2008 vehicle    EBest Bristol doubledeck
     Most improved vehicle since EFE SHOWBUS
International 2007 (vehicle must have been judged in 2007)
5 Best post 1998 Plaxton
        $ Best Optare
        & Best Bristol singledeck
  • * Small operators are defined as 50 vehicles or less, not part of one of the large operating groups.
  • Local operators are small operators in the neighbouring counties of Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Huntingdon, Lincs, Norfolk, Northants & Suffolk.
  • # London buses are those operating on LT services or city tours.
  • The top scoring preserved buses will be entered into the separate DOYEN class. These vehicles will also be weighted for vehicle age and resources devoted to their preservation. On this basis, the top 25 preserved vehicles will be selected for the Doyen class, they will be eligible for the Preservation Awards, but not the vehicle awards. All 25 Doyen entrants will receive special rally plaques.

    The data from the judges will be held on record for 2008 to enable a prize for the most improved vehicle since 2007.

    Admission arrangements for Rally Entrants

    There is no separate admission charge for the bus rally. Entry to the site gives full access to the rally and all Duxford exhibits and facilities.

    The person driving any bus on to the site will be admitted free of charge and no ticket will be required. For all buses there will be 3 FREE admissions available for co-owners to enter on board their bus.
    Admission will be shown on the Pay Booth entry form, rather than individual tickets. Please send your entry form early as we cannot guarantee dispatch of admission forms in time if your entry is received less than a week before the rally. Free admissions will only be valid at the far west "SHOWBUS - BUSES ONLY" gate (Gate 1) and are only valid for those on board a bus. All other bus passengers, aged 16 and over, on board display buses will pay a standard reduced admission rate of 8 per person, payable on the day at the far west "SHOWBUS - BUSES ONLY" gate (Gate 1) - the normal Duxford adult admission is 16, under 16s free. If you or your passengers attempt to enter the museum by other entrances, whether on board the bus or not, normal museum admission rates apply. Other visitors and excursion buses must enter via the normal public entrance to the Museum where they will pay the normal admission.

    All entrants will receive final joining information by mid September.

    Admission arrangements for General Public

    See the IWM website
    For discounted advance purchase tickets see the September issue of BUSES magazine.

    SHOWBUS Committee

  • Fax & phone 01494 558147
  • Post to EFE SHOWBUS International 6 Fair Ridge, HIGH WYCOMBE. HP11 1PL UK
  • Dr Martin Isles (Entries, Parking Reception & Display) rally@showbus.com.
  • Mr Dom Spooner stalls@showbus.com.
  • Mr Dave Reid (Judges & Rally Control) rally@showbus.com.
  • Mr Mark Howgego (Parking & Rally Control) rally@showbus.com.
  • Mr Charles Nicholson (Duxford Tours & Parking) rally@showbus.com.
  • Mr Bob Passaway (Programme production & distribution) rally@showbus.com.

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