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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For entry forms download from the above link or contact email@example.com.
Stallholder enquiries should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in joining the judges team or helping in any other way should contact email@example.com.
See foot of page for prize list and admission rates
EFE SHOWBUS International ENTRY INFORMATION
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
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
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 EFE SHOWBUS International PRIZES
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.
|Code||Non Preserved vehicles ||Code||Preservation Awards||Code||Vehicle 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|
|F||Best >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|
|S||Best >1990 Stagecoach ||C|| Best AEC/Park Royal combination ||P ||70-79 singledeck|
|T ||Best New Millennium bus ||L||Best Leyland ||8 ||80-89 doubledeck|
|U||Best New Millennium coach ||M||Best Metro Camm or Weymann or MCW ||R ||80-89 singledeck|
|X||Best New Millennium mini <34 seat ||N||Best NCME or Duple ||9 ||90-99 doubledeck|
|1||Best Local authority owned ||W||Best Bedford ||Q ||90-99 singledeck|
|2||Best local operator* ||Y|| Best Alexander bodied ||5 ||Best Routemaster|
|3||Best small operator* ||Z||Best ex LT or LCBS ||O ||Best Open topper|
|4||Best London bus# ||6|| Best other bus not included in above ||V ||Best overseas entry resident in UK|
| ||   || ||Top Rally Goer 2008 ||zero||Best overseas entry|
|K|| Best 2008 vehicle|| ||   ||E||Best 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|
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
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.