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From the late nineteen fifties until the mid nineteen sixties the Bristol MW with
a five cylinder Gardner under-
981 and 990EHY were found dry stored in a farmers’ barn in Lowland Scotland in 2009, along with at least one other (not Bristol Omnibus Company) Bristol MW, where they had been used since withdrawal in the nineteen seventies as fruit pickers’ transport.
981EHY was acquired for the Collection by Mike Walker and Alan Peters in June 2010 and then taken by Chepstow Classic Buses to The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, and subsequently to Winkleigh.
In the summer of 2011 the decision was taken to restore her, using some mechanical parts from 990EHY (which remains in the ownership of David Hoare) and, painted into OMO livery and carrying Bath Services fleetnames, she entered the Rally Circuit at the Bristol Vintage Bus Group’s open day in March 2013.