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Seaside success for UK Coach Rally

Seaside success for UK Coach Rally Sixth successive win for Coach of the Year by Parrys International.

 

This year’s Rally saw the Coach of the Year title held by Parrys International for the sixth year in a row with its fourth consecutive win for a Neoplan Starliner 2. The Coach Driver of the Year was Russell Cooper, Coopers Tours and Gabi Scott, Stanley Travel, and Neil Sharp, Homeward Bound won the Midi and Mini Driver of the Year respectively.

The team from Bibbys of Ingleton won the Alan Goodwin Trophy for the Highest Placed Coach Operator in all Classes as well as Top Team of the Year.

The organising team, led by Ann and Paul Cousins, were delighted with the response to this year’s event: “We have received so many messages of congratulations which has made all the hard work worthwhile.

"After the 2015 Rally at Alton Towers, 15 operators invited Paul to a meeting to plan its future. Their ideas and enthusiasm persuaded us to take the event back to the seaside and together with the support of The Merlin Group and Visit Blackpool, their vision became a reality.

“Thank you to the operators, our trade exhibitors, visitors and our marshals in making the 2016 UK Coach Rally such a success."

Support from the trade was also enhanced this year with exhibitors including ADL Plaxton, Arriva Bus & Coach, BASE, Irizar UK, MAN Truck & Bus, Moseley in the South, Pelican Bus & Coach, Scania GB and Volvo Bus. There were also many other suppliers giving their support to the Rally, including locally-based technology specialist Synectics.

The prizes were presented by senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell.

Next year’s UK Coach Rally takes place at Blackpool on 29-30 April.

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62nd UK Coach Rally 2016

Trophies & Awards

Alan Goodwin Trophy - The Highest Placed Coach Operator in all Classes

Bibbys of Ingleton Ltd 

UK Coach Rally Coach Driver of the Year

Russell Cooper - Coopers Tours - TAM Vive TH

UK Coach Rally Coach of the Year

Parrys International Tours Ltd - Neoplan Starliner 2

Top Team of the Year

Bibbys of Ingleton Ltd

Peter Bostock Trophy - Highest Placed Driver in Saturday Tests

Chris Bibby - Bibbys of Ingleton Ltd - Van Hool TX15 Alicron

UK Coach Rally Mini Driver of the Year

Neil Sharp - Homeward Bound - MB Sprinter/EVM X-Clusive

UK Coach Rally Midi Driver of the Year

Gabi Scott - Stanley Travel - Yutong TC9

West Middlesex Coach Operators Association Trophy (Runner up to Coach Driver of the Year)

Matthew Haynes - Banstead Coaches Ltd - Temsa Safari HD

Directors Challenge Trophy

Paul B Winson - Paul S Winson Coaches

 

Concours D'elegance' Awards

Top Mini/Midi coach

Blakes Coaches - MAN Beulas Mythos

Top Standard Coach

Banstead Coaches Ltd - Temsa Safari HD

Top Touring/Express Luxury Coach

Johnson Bros Tours - Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M

Trophy for Top Executive Coach

Galleon Travel Ltd - VDL Futura 2

Top Coach aged 5 years or older

Jay & Kay Coach Tours - Mercedes-Benz Tourismo

Rita Dalziel Trophy - Top Coach aged 25 years or older

Sharpes of Nottingham - Van Hool T9 Alizee

John Fielder Memorial Trophy - Top coach from a small fleet (up to 5 vehicles)

Gibbons Coach Holidays - Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M

 

Concours D'elegance Manufacturers' Awards

Scania (GB) Ltd Trophy

Paul S Winson (Coaches) Ltd - Scania Irizar i6

Neoplan Trophy 

Parrys International Tours Ltd - Neoplan Starliner 2

Plaxton Trophy

Stagecoach (Midlands) - Volvo/Plaxton Elite i

Beulas Trophy (Top Beulas supplied by Moseley)

Blakes Coaches - Beulas Mythos

Van Hool Trophy

RB Travel - Van Hool TX16 Acron

VDL Trophy (Top VDL supplied by Moseley)

Galleon Travel Ltd - VDL Futura 2

Volvo Trophy (Top Coach supplied by Volvo Buses)

Brethertons Gold Line Tours - Volvo 9700

Irizar Trophy (Best Irizar Integral)

Weardale Motor Services - Irizar i6

Sitcar Trophy (Top Sitcar supplied by Moseley)

Haines Minicoaches - Iveco/Sitcar Voyager

 

Special Awards

Boon’s Award (Best Coordinated Décor)

Brethertons Gold Line Tours - Volvo 9700

Peter Rogers Trophy (Top CPT Member)

Parrys International Tours Ltd - Neoplan Starliner 2

Cymru (Top Coach from Wales)

Edwards Coaches - MercedesBenz Tourismo M

Tony Roose Trophy (Top Coach from Scotland)

Festival Travel - Neoplan Tourliner Select

Fred Bibby Award (Best loved Coach)

Classic Coaches Co. Down - Volvo B12T/Van Hool T9 Acron

LTCOA Martin Cornell Trophy (Highest placed LTCOA in all Classes)

Coopers Tours - TAM Vive TH

Maurice Wrightson Memorial Shield - sponsored by drivers from Stanley Travel (Oldest Employed Participant in the Coach Rally)

Ian Haines - Haines Minicoaches - MB Sprinter/Noone Turas 500C

Arthur J. Gallagher Trophy (The highest placed driver aged 25 and under)

Howard Snaith - Howard Snaith Coaches - Volvo B9R/Plaxton Panther 2

The Bernie Porton Memorial Trophy - sponsored by CDN&S (Coach of the Year as voted by the Coach Drivers)

Sharpes of Nottingham - Volvo B10M-61/Van Hool T9 Alizee

Smartest uniformed driver &/or courier

Parrys International Tours Ltd - Neoplan Starliner 2