I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Hey Wack: It's a Wacky Racer!

In Liverpool addressing someone as Wack or Wacker is regarded as a term of endearment and calling this bus a Wacky Racer is very much typical Liverpudlian humour. There were two of these ECW bodied Leyland Olympian double-deckers running through the large housing estate at Speke on the route to Widnes when I was killing time close to the Airport in 2006. I don't know if this was the Independent operator Merseypride Travel's official livery but a very similar scheme was worn by them when they were with their previous operator Yorkshire Traction who had bought them new in about 1981. For much of the 80's these Gardner engined vehicles had been the National Bus Company's standard fare and once very common but by this time they were getting quite rare so they were certainly a pleasing sight in the sunshine.

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