I acquired this Leyland Olympian on 30th August 2016 after its owning company went into administration.
Back in March 2013 I was having a chat with somebody at work that I used to drive buses with and having just acquired the former Harris Bus single deck Volvo we were chatting about other potential preservation prospects. Having recalled the fleet of Olympians that County Bus only had for three months, we both wondered how many had survived.....so I did some research......
I found that of the original batch of fourteen buses, nine still existed! One had been converted so heavily it would never be a bus again, and some had just changed hands but three in particular stood out as being near original. All three were with North Wales based operator GHA Coaches, albeit in the Vale Travel fleet - a company that GHA had acquired but were keeping separate from their other operations.
Having established contact with GHA, they were happy for me to maintain an interest in the three vehicles and would let me know when they were going to dispose of them. Sadly it was announced on 13th July 2016 that GHA coaches had gone into administration. After a tense couple of weeks trying to establish who the administrators were, making contact with them and then waiting to see what would happen with the fleet; the news came about that all of the owned vehicles not subject to finance would be sold off via an auction.
As Iím sure youíve worked out by now, I was successful in submitting a winning bid for H105GEV. The other two were H113GEV and H115GEV - whilst 113 had a completely original interior and 115 had mostly original interior and would have made sense for preservation as the last of the batch, 105 had the longest MOT (it was only done 2 months prior) and so I decided that on balance it was the better motor given that I had to drive it back from Wales to Essex.
H105GEV is the 3rd former County Bus vehicle in preservation joining my Dart (J317XVX) and another Dart (P327HVX) - of all the County Bus vehicles and garages, all three in preservation were based at Grays garage!
**Update October 2017 - the vehicle has now been repainted in the livery of its second owner, Grey Green**