British pensioner out-does Skunkbait! Answered
WHEN the Smith family want to get away from it all they simply hop on the bus.
Father Graham has spent the last 20 years turning his 1968 Daimler Fleetline double-decker into an all-mod-cons base for his wife, Julia, and four sons.
He even winches his classic 1968 Fiat 500 car on board where it fits neatly into its own space.
Engineer Graham, from Sible Hedingham, Essex, said: "We use it for family holidays and have clocked up thousands of miles in England and France.
"I have spent a lot of time and money kitting out the bus but it's been worth it - we never pay hotel bills. The children are grown up now but when they were teenagers they loved going on board.
"We've been to Scotland, north Wales and the Lake District as well as the Loire Valley."
The 38ft bus has a kitchen, bathroom and main bedroom downstairs with a lounge, dining area and more beds on the upper deck. Graham, 62, has also kept some of the original seats as well as the ticket machine.
The bus has a top speed of 40mph but only does 11 miles to the gallon. However, once they reach their destination they simply winch out the economical Fiat.
Julia, 61, said: "We are used to getting odd looks when we are mistaken for New Age travellers."
Graham added: "I thought if Cliff Richard could do it in his film Summer Holiday then why can't we!
Mail on Sunday