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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!

Daily Express
Mail on Sunday

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Goodhart

10 years ago

Now that is wild (I bet he gets at least 1-4 km per gallon of petrol LOL

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kelseymhGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

The article claims 11 mpg (although I'm surprised that British papers would quote mileage that way, rather than in liters per km). I especially like the built-in garage :-)

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Kitemankelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

WE may have gone metric every where alse, but our roads and cars are prudly imperial. Fuel is metric, ever since it hit about $4 a gallon (40p a litre sounds cheaper than two pounds a gallon).

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Haha, YOU guys may be paying $4, but over here it's a mere $1.60 (and steadily plummeting).

Neener, neener, neener...

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

$4 is past - it's around $10 per gallon now.

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KitemanElvenChild

Reply 8 years ago

Boy, check the dates on comments before you reply to them...

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ElvenChildKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

I do check the dates but if I think it is an interesting topic I will reply anyway

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n8manKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

10 dollars a gallon, I though 5 was high for gas.

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whatsisfaceKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Morrisons where I live had 99.7p/l last week, there were huge queues.

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chiokwhatsisface

Reply 10 years ago

For diesel or petrol? I'm a loyal follower of www.petrolprices.com to find out local fuel prices (if you didn't know of it before).

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whatsisfacechiok

Reply 10 years ago

Petrol, thats a cool site, I've bookmarked it.

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Kitemanwhatsisface

Reply 10 years ago

That's odd, rural prices are often higher, but we've only got 89.9p at our local Morrisons, and nothing local higher than 92.9p - no queues anywhere.

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chiokKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, but don't worry, the reduction in VAT will bring that all tumbling down. Then a 2p duty increase will prop it back up. I think it makes the price of fuel 75% tax or there abouts.

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GoodhartLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

$1.60 ? Could you ship me some? We are still paying $2.68 for it here...

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Lithium RainGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Haha-it's a dollar forty-something now. And dropping... :D

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GoodhartLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Piddles....I will have to rent me one of them tanker trucks and come up there and git me some..... ;-)

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n8manLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

In CA it has just dropped under 2 dollars after being over 5 dollars for a while.and it's still dropping

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skunkbait

10 years ago

OK, The skunk-family officially declares war on British pensioners! "Old Yeller"- the next skunkbus will be super-awesome. I'm thinking about a jacked-up multi-fueled rolling rumpus-room with a car-carrier, command turret, add-on boat, observation deck/deer-stand, indoor motorcycle room, and fooseball table!

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skunkbaitKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

OK, but for now, only pensioners are on our "enemies list"!

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chiokKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

And you'll have to appear in a news story for the US equivalent of "Have I Got News For You". (It was on the other week hosted by Al Murray).

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skunkbait

10 years ago

Oh no!!! Outdone by a British pensioner!!! I'll have to take up the challenge. I still have one skooly left to work on, so I still have hope. Unfortunately, I probably can't pull off a full-scale double-decker, so I may have to go with a foldout, or accordion style ride.

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KentsOkay

10 years ago

oo, BURN!!!

and by a limey to...

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AnarchistAsian

10 years ago

wow... a car inside a bus...

the picture is just...

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i am nearly speachless...

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Doctor What

10 years ago

Beat that! Double decker! Are double deckers legal in the states?

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kelseymhDoctor What

Reply 10 years ago

Yes, but I don't think they're made here. The UC Davis public transit system has a number of old London double-deckers they use on their routes. And they have to carry a flagman because the exits are on street-side!