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    BMC Training Unit Bus

    Hi everybody...

    Starting a new tread on this forum, dedicated to the <span style="font-weight: bold">BMC's Training Unit Busses.</span>

    Designed by Pininfarina and build by Marshall Bodywork, Cambridge. There supposed to be build a total of 21 units, first a series of six, then a batch of 15. First series were slitghly different from the second, mostly in the front and side mouldings. They were shorter and rounder. A few were used by The Competition Dept. as race transporter and support vehicles. One training unit is under restoration here in Norway, in that case I'm searching for history and other facts/pics of those busses.

    Please feel free to post what ever you know of those units.

    See photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brimen/

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Would be nice to find one of the transporters.
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Tony

    Wasn't there a training bus for sale that we were trying to get you to buy, some time back, or am I having another senior moment?

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    The one in Texas, I believe...but it couldn't carry a car.
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    The one in Texas is now here in So Cal and is for sale again. If I had the room, it would have been here long ago.

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    If it would haul a car inside.....
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by Brimen
    Hi everybody...

    Starting a new tread on this forum, dedicated to the <span style="font-weight: bold">BMC's Training Unit Busses.</span>

    Sincerely,
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    did you get the newspaper article I sent?
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Yes, I got it.

    I have a <span style="font-weight: bold">"Christmas eve"</span> now, thanks alot, it helps me search for more facts.
    Thank you very much.

    The "union Jack" painted bus were sold to Mr. Craig Burchsted, Houston TX. Last year a classic car dealer in Santa Barbara CA bought it, and it's now for sale again. (link below)

    <span style="font-weight: bold">https://www.finecars.cc/en/detail/ca...20&amp;request[filter][offset]=0&amp;request[filter][rowcount]=6</span>

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    cool - FWIW they wanted $8,000 back then (mid 90's)
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    What's "FWIW"???

    Have a nice day, take care...

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    For What It's Worth
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Hi there...

    Been searcing the "<span style="font-weight: bold">Newspaperarcive.com</span>" tonight, and find three interresting articles regarding this BMC Units. Two of them says that there were six Training Units serving North America.

    # 1: "<span style="font-weight: bold">Lebanon Daily News</span>, PA., October 16, 1963". Ladd Motors.
    # 2: "<span style="font-weight: bold">The Van Nuys News</span>, CA., Aug. 20 1963". Hammer Imports,11041 Sepulveda Blvd.
    # 3: "<span style="font-weight: bold">The Sunday Gleaner</span>, July 12 1964". Kingston, Jamaica. St Andrew Trade Training Centre, 66 Spanish Town Road.

    Yes, they even been to Jamaica!!

    Also got one article from Toronto area, "<span style="font-weight: bold">Guardian of Guelph</span>, March 19, 1963". Walter Swanston Farm Equipment, Nuffield tractor dealer.

    Officially there is only one left in North America, the one in CA., but I know there is some interest from Netherland!

    Take action guys, save this historic vehicle in your country!!!

    Pics and facts are highly welcome

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Welcome Brimen! And good luck with the bus...it's neat!

    I have had a sort of "poor man's version" of that in the past when I had my ~Old NY Fire Dept StepVan~

    ~Another Picture~

    I passed it on to another family member but he's looking to sell it.......runs decent and all aluminum body with 350 engine and FDNY heritage to boot!
    $2000 if anyone's interested.

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    I've been inside that bus. the guy that owned it previous to the Texas owner used to bring it to the Watkins Glen Vintage Fest every year. One year he gave me a tour of the bus, and told me a bit of it's history. At the time it had been converted into an RV instead of being the workshop van that it originally was. I have pics somewhere. He was a little odd, but a very nice guy. The bus was hard to miss. I wanted to buy it and turn it into a rolling parts store to take to British car shows and events.
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Actually Ben...

    Both of the BMC Coaches were converted into motorhomes after being sold off here in Canada back in the 1960's. Which I'm sure made sense at the time to the new owners of them.

    I was at British Car Day in Ontario the year that both of them were at the show (perhaps 2001 or 2002?), it was before Al painted his example with the Union Jack, they were parked right beside each other. I think Al has always been a British car fan, but I seem to recall that the person who owned the other one wasn't really, it was just simply an old motorhome that was nice for camping with, I suspect that many of the previous owners of these motor coaches/motorhomes never really knew how significant they are... At least they all managed to survive to preserve some interesting history.
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Thanks for comment, <span style="font-weight: bold">Sherlock</span>.

    You talk about two busses at the same meet early 2000. It might be right, but I know that Alan Guest (big Al) did sell one unit to UK March 2000. It drowe down to New York and was shipped to Southampton, UK. So in that case, if you saw two busses in 2002, there must have been a third bus in that area!!! Very interesting. Hope you will take your time search for pics you might have from that British Car Day. Hopefully it shows the licence plate numbers for further searching. The bus Alan did owned was licenced "107 HVA".

    I have contact with Big Al and some others from UK, and will recive some new info soon.

    I surely will post some info here, we must get to bottom of this......
    Lets stick together.

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    I hope that Basil will excuse this crosslink to another forum. For those interested in more pictures about these support vehicles, please see the parallel thread running at MiniMania.

    https://www.minimania.com/web/thread.../msgthread.cfm

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    Here is a copy of the article in
    "<span style="font-weight: bold">The Van Nuys News</span>, Aug. 20 1963"

    <span style="font-size: 12pt">BMC Training
    Van Will Visit
    San Fernando</span>

    A huge diesel - powered
    mobile training unit, one of
    six being operated by the
    British Motor Corp. throughout
    the United States and
    Canada, will stop at Hammer
    Imports, Inc. of 11041 Sepulveda
    Blvd., Mission Hills, for
    a special operating and
    training session between
    factory-trained service engineers
    and Hammer Imports
    mechanics, service manager,
    and parts managers.
    Traveling with the mobile
    training unit is a factory representative
    to explain the
    design and operation of the
    mobile units.
    Purpose of the mobile
    training units is to bring to
    BMC's nationwide dealer network
    the latest factory information
    and how it should
    be applied by mechanics,
    service managers and parts
    managers in the workshop.
    Each mobile training unit
    is set up to simulate a lecture
    room and is complete with
    blackboard, movie projector,
    work benches, tables and
    chairs. A complete range of
    BMC service tools mounted
    on tool boards during lectures
    can be stowed in low level
    lockers for transit.
    With the introduction of
    mobile training unit, BMC
    feels that it will more effectively
    increase the standard
    of product knowledge at
    its dealerships resulting in
    improved service to BMC
    car owners in North America.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



    HAMMER IMPORTS INC., 11041 Sepulveda Blvd, San Fernando, will play
    host to British Motor Corp's. giant mobile training van. BMC has six such
    vans calling on its dealers throughout United States and Canada. Their purpose is to bring to BMC's North American dealer network latest factory information and how it should be applied.

    <span style="font-style: italic">(This is a picture text, unable to copy the pic.)</span>

    See you...

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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    That's a great idea. It would be useful to fill the bus with a complete set of fuel pumps, dizzy rotors and caps, coils, spark plugs, water pumps, thermostats and stuff like that. You'd make a mint at any british car show!
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    Re: BMC Training Unit Bus

    By the way, I have only one thing to say about this bus:

    If the bus is a rockin', don't come a knockin'

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