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Another ‘new’ Dennis
by Tim Stubbs

It is always a pleasure to receive news updates and even better when a letter brings good news. One of our members has been in touch to let us know he has recently taken on the ownership of another Dennis. It is just a chassis at the moment but he is contemplating a full restoration in due course.

Dennis GL and G types
Dennis GL and G types on the rally field. Both are owned
by members of this Association. (Photo Benny Harrison)

Benny Harrison already owns RD111, a 1928 Dennis G fitted in about 1960 with a replica of a Roberts charabanc body. The bus is rallied regularly and at one such rally, Benny was offered 'another Dennis'. This has turned out to be a 1928 chassis, originally registered as a '14 seat Hackney' in East Suffolk. The chassis had been stored in a garage for the past 32 years. Gerry Bixley is now on the case and from the chassis number advises that the chassis is almost certainly a 30cwt. It is hoped that the records at Woking will enable the original operator to be traced. If the bus is confirmed as a 30cwt, this will make it only the fourth believed to exist, out of thousands built between 1927 and 1931. The other three in existence are all Short-bodied examples and are at Amberley Museum, the Friends of King Alfred Buses, and a privately owned example in Cheshire, 'The Chaser.' The 'new' chassis looks like a very interesting project and we wish Benny every success with the work.

Dennis chassis
This Dennis chassis has been stored in a shed for 32 years.
The new owner plans to restore it. (Photo Benny Harrison)

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