Well, what a year it’s been so far for getting this filming project off the ground. I have literally been all over the country from as far south as Essex to as far away as Leyland and Cumbria in the North West along with John Clancy photographing, interviewing and filming. Rather like our last collaboration – Project 75 – we reckon this one is going to be special too thanks to getting some truly key people, who were there right from the very start of the Leyland National’s conception, on screen.
We have spoken to drivers, Engineers and even former Leyland Directors, all of whom, rather like the folk on the Rover 75 film, remain proud of what they achieved over fifty years ago. We have even taken a preserved National out for a long test drive through the Warwickshire countryside – you’ll never imagine how nervous I was to be at the wheel with a former Leyland Chief Engineer sitting just a few seats behind me! We have covered two big bus gatherings as well, one of which also found us taking a bus into the former Workington plant.
I have even persuaded a contact of mine, who is very senior in the rail industry, to have a camera shoved in his face and talk about his experiences operating the British Rail Class 142 Pacer – a train that was directly developed from the National bus. So, there’s one more interview to do plus some voice over work and then it’s all into the editing suite. We hope to have this done, dusted and on-sale before the year is out.
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