Helping to preserve Kintyre’s coach heritage

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Down Memory Lane

As well as penning a commemorative piece to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of West Coast Motors, bus enthusiast Lawrence Macduff is keeping Kintyre’s coach history alive by preserving one of the company’s vintage vehicles.

Lawrence, who splits his time between Kilmarnock and Dunoon, was the author of a three-part commemorate article which featured in the Courier over the last three weeks.

It formed the basis for several displays that Lawrence took, along with a newly retired West Coast Motors service coach that he and a friend purchased for preservation just before lockdown, to the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s annual open weekend on Saturday October 9 and Sunday October 10.

Despite Covid restrictions, the newly preserved DAF coach made its maiden show appearance in Dunfermline in August.

The information on Campbeltown-based West Coast Motors’ history was mounted on to four boards, one featuring an introduction, one covering from the 1960s to 1980, another from 1981 to 1999, and the final board bringing the story to around 2017.

They were joined by several other boards concentrated on West Coast Motors’ Argyll operations, covering Cowal, Bute, Oban and Mull, what could be called the company’s homeland.