Crowds flocked to Newton Abbot in early August for the main event marking the centenary of the one-time Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company, a fleet characterised for decades by its love of most things AEC, several of which took part in the celebrations

When rear-engined chassis became available, Devon General turned from AEC to Leyland and purchased 56 Atlanteans between 1959 and 1961. Stagecoach has DL872 (872 ATA), a 1959 PDR1/1 with Metro-Cammell body, in its heritage fleet. It was photographed on its way back from Chudleigh going along Clay Pits Way. The area called the Bovey Basin is noted for the production of ball clay and some spoil can be seen on the hilltops. This type of clay is prized for its fine grain and plasticity. CHRIS DREW
Park Royal-bodied Devon General AEC Reliance 23 (CTT 23C) at Newton Abbot alongside preserved Morris LD publicity van V30 (MUO 656F). MARK BAILEY

More than 2,000 visitors enjoyed the largest gathering of Devon General vehicles in recent years on 4 August, when the Devon General Society, supported by Stagecoach South West, organised a DG100 rally and running day at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

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