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BUSES July 1968

BUSES 1968 - front covers.

July edition.

The front cover image celebrated the London to Brighton run on May that year.

Top of the Pops in 1968

date: song title: artist:
6/12/67 Hello, Goodbye The Beatles
24/1/68 Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde Georgie Fame
31/1/68 Everlasting Love Love Affair
14/2/68 Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann
28/2/68 Cinderella Rockefella Esther & Abi Ofarim
20/3/68 The Legend Of Xanadu Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
27/3/68 Lady Madonna The Beatles
10/4/68 Congratulations Cliffe Richard
24/4/68 What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
22/5/68 Young Girl Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett
19/6/68 Jumpin' Jack Flash Rolling Stones
3/7/68 Baby Come Back Equals
24/7/68 I Pretend Des O'Conner
31/7/68 Mony Mony Tommy James & the Shondells
14/8/68 Fire Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
28/8/68 Do It Again Beach Boys
4/9/68 I've Gotta Get A Message To You Bee Gees
11/9/68 Hey Jude The Beatles
25/9/68 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
6/11/68 With A Little Help Joe Cocker
13/11/68 The Good The Bad & The Ugly Hugo Montenegro, Orchestra
11/12/68 Lily The Pink Scaffold

The Labour Governments 1968 Transport Act gained Royal ascent. It gave us the National Bus Company and laid the foundations for the Passenger Transport Executives in the big urban cities. All of this contributed to the development of the Leyland National bus, which (within a few years) meant the end of Bristol RE chassis production for British bus operators.

Fifty years on, many of these marvellous RE buses and coaches have survived the tests of time. Come see (and hear) Ruby at a rally soon.

Top films of 1968

2001: A Space Odyssey
Carry On Up The Khyber
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Funny Girl
Planet of the Apes
The Thomas Crown Affair

In 1968 Leyland Motors Ltd merged with British Motor Holdings to become the British Leyland Motor Corporation. The new company had a massive range of brands covering cars, buses, trucks and engineering interests.

At this time British Leyland Motor Company was the fifth largest vehicle producer in the World! But it did not to last long, due to a poor product range, industrial unrest in the 1970's and competition from other, larger manufacturers.

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