Once the largest bus builder in the world and a serious player in the UK bus and coach market 20 years ago, Ikarus is still revered in its homeland of Hungary, where DAVID FRICKER attended an international gathering of some of its distinctive products in September

The bus that initiated David Fricker’s interest in Ikarus, 480-bodied DAF SB220 564 KHT (L510 EHD) in an unusually snow-clad Nailsea in January 2013. It is now in his preserved bus collection.
Afternoon entertainment of the traditional Hungarian horsemanship skills, using Antal Béke’s 600hp ‘Strongest Bus of the Galaxy’ and the German Ikarus 55 as a stage.

Little did I realise when I bought a 1993 DAF SB220 with Ikarus 480 body for my North Somerset Coaches fleet in 2010 that by 2017 it would be one of only two surviving in the UK out of 142 built for sale through the Hughes DAF dealership. That bus, L510 EHD, was new to Marchwood Motorways for a franchised Solent Blue Line route in Southampton.

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