Arriva Heritage Fleet open-topper firm favourite at this year’s Derby
If you want to transport a party of people to a special destination to help them celebrate a great occasion, you could do no better than hiring an Arriva Heritage fleet historic Routemaster. That’s what a group of London advertising executives did for a celebratory visit to this year’s Derby day at Epsom Downs.
The group were collected from a venue in Central London at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday morning, and driven to the course in style in the Heritage Fleet’s RMC 1464, fondly known as the ‘open-topper’.
The advantages of the open-topper on this gloriously sunny day were not only to keep the passengers cool on their drive down, but also to act as an excellent viewing platform for all of the day’s racing, as it was parked up in the enclosure, right alongside the race track.
The clients bought along their own refreshments, and with an on-course bookie right by the bus, had everything to hand including the best possible vantage point to enjoy the day.
This was the second consecutive day that the open-topper had been to Epsom, having been hired previously by another group to take their party to Ladies day.
For the last few years, as well as being used at Ladies day and the Derby, RMC 1464 has featured in the Lord Mayor's Show to celebrate the commitment of Arriva's staff in their charitable giving through Payroll Giving. In this year's show, we will again be displaying the Platinum Award for their efforts, and targeting a further Platinum award for the year ahead.
As the photographs demonstrate, the Derby day travellers on the open-topper had a fantastic day, and were abundant in their praise for their transport and the exciting day out. As Emily, one of the party, said:-
"Such a lovely way to arrive at Epsom Downs, on such a lovely vintage bus, with a fantastic view from the top of the bus right across the downs to the City of London. And what a great vantage point to watch the racing. Fun, sun, friends and a great time, what more can you ask for? I can’t wait for next year!"
If you would like to experience any of the Arriva Heritage historic vehicles for your special celebrations, then please click here - we look forward to being of service.
To see more images of the day, please visit our Facebook page.
Published : Wed 6th Dec. 2017 - Wed 7th Feb. 2018
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