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Offline Mickleburgh

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Re: Kemp of Chillenden
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2018, 08:27:22 »
It would have been Dineley`s Coaches in the 1950s, Kemps did not buy out that business until 1964. Apart from the logo of Margate & District aping that of Maidstone & District M S, Dineley sometimes used the title `Northdown Coaches` and applied it as a facsimile of the Southdown scroll.

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Re: Kemp of Chillenden
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2018, 17:34:19 »
One of my childhood memories from 1955 (when we used to go on holiday at Cliftonville, staying at a guest house on the corner of Sweyn Road and Albion Road) was going on a coach trip with Kemp's, picking up at their then office at the top of Sweyn Road, which went to Dover via the toll bridge at Sandwich.  But that was on a common-or-garden Bedford SB.

There was another coach company based round the corner in Albion Road (later taken over by Kemp's) which used to run an early dial-a-ride service linking the Cliftonville hotels and guest houses with Margate station.  That company had, among other things, a Bedford OB with a Duple bus body.  This operation traded as Margate and District, with the name displayed on a scroll which had copied that worn by Maidstone and District.  I wonder if this was ever contested on copyright grounds!

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2018, 23:35:25 »
Kemp`s  had a penchant for picking up some oddities on the market, even included (a few years before the `Sabre`) another unique specimen, viz, a Guy `Warrior` normally only seen overseas and fitted with a late Harrington `Legionnaire` body normally found on the six-wheel Bedford VAL14.
Don`t know if that AEC `Sabre` survived, although I think not. Some years ago the M&D & EK Bus Club organised a tour using it, driven by John Kemp. It was interesting to sit at the back and listen to that V8 performing, so unlike the AH760. Absolute disaster of an engine.

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Re: Kemp of Chillenden
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2018, 17:27:03 »
In more recent times, the company was well known for having the only AEC Sabre ever built.  This mid-1960s vehicle was way ahead of its time and that is probably why it remained unique.  I wonder if this managed to survive into preservation.  Does someone have a photo capable of being put on to this site?

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 15:51:26 »
One of the more interesting vehicles owned by Kemp`s Coaches of Chillenden (who later moved to Margate) was not actually a PSV licenced vehicle but this Vauxhall `Big Six` car of the mid-1930s with coach built body seating seven, seen parked in Sandwich Market. GL 5418 had been owned by a hotel in Bath for conveying guests and had passed to Kemp by about 1958, who used it more or less as a taxi in their rural area.
When the time (1965) came for this fine vehicle to depart there were a number of pleas made that it should be preserved and it went to a dealer at St Leonards on that understanding. Unfortunately that was not fulfilled.

 

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