This year, 2022 of course, marks the 50th anniversary of the Leyland National. Those of us of a certain vintage will be gazing at the screen in disbelief wondering where just the hell all the time has gone. Yes, that’s right, 50 years have flown by since the most influential vehicle in the public transport sector first went on sale. If you look at all the current features of a typical modern single-decker bus namely low floors, air suspension, rear underfloor turbocharged engines, automatic gearboxes, fully ergonomically laid-out controls for the driver and low profile tyres, all of them were pioneered with the introduction of the Leyland National.
Following on from the successful Rover 75 DVD, which was launched a little while ago, I have been talking to various dodgy contacts of mine in the industry, some of whom are now long retired, and some very influential within the transport industry. One such character, who also happened to buy the Rover DVD, contacted me some months ago and suggested that making a documentary film celebrating the half century of the Leyland National could be a good idea.
Well, after a bit of contemplation and thought, as well as asking a few bodies if they could or would contribute to such a thing, I have put the idea to John Clancy and we have decided to go ahead with the production of a DVD documentary about the Leyland National. Even at this very early stage, we have managed to get the support, help and contributions from former Depot Managers, Chief Engineers, Drivers, former Leyland Bus Plant Managers and those helpful chaps at the Leyland Society to name but a few. It’s all very early, but it’s looking promising so far.
If you or anyone you know has direct and tangible experience of the Leyland National that you think could help this special project, we have created a special email address for you to get in touch with John and myself – email@example.com. Comments below are always welcome of course but, if you have more constructive help for us, then please keep it strictly via the email address so that either John or I can contact you directly.
This year sees a few cracking events to mark the birthday including a day dedicated to the vehicle at Gaydon in the summer – more about that will come soon. Meanwhile, we really hope you can help or contribute and we look forward to hearing from you!
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