Margaret and Glen Campe caught the attention of locals when they stopped in Deniliquin with their Ansair busBy Zoe McMaugh
Margaret and Glen Campe turn heads everywhere they go.
The Victorian couple, from Hamilton, travel throughout Australia in a heritage blue coloured, original Ansair Flexible Clipper bus.
They stopped in Deniliquin last Friday and caught the eye of many passers-by.
The bus was once part of a 131-fleet of buses built by Reg Ansett, of Ansett airlines fame. There are only 20 of the original coaches left.
The bus once carried up to 29 passengers, and some freight, between Hamilton in Victoria and Naracoorte in South Australia.
Glen and Margaret purchased the bus in 2002 from Maris Sloan, whose husband worked for Ansett in Melbourne.
When Maris’ husband died, she had it converted to a motorhome.
Glen said it was in a state of disrepair when he bought it, and it took him some time to repair and re-fit it.
‘‘This particular bus used to lead the Ansett parade in Hamilton each year.
‘‘The lady who was selling it wanted it to stay in Hamilton, where Reg Ansett lived.
‘‘It has been in Melbourne for most of its life, and after I bought it I pulled everything out.
‘‘It took me a number of years, but I refitted everything — inside and out.
‘‘There are 7000 rivets just on the outside.’’
Inside the motorhome is a small table with horseshoe seating area, a bedroom with two single beds and the former boot has been transformed into a bathroom with basin, which is closed off from the rest of the bus by a newly built door.
Glen said the bus was still fitted with the original dashboard, one row of original seats, original individual blinds and all the original lights — main roof lights and individual bar lights next to the window of each seat.
‘‘I wanted it to be like it used to be,’’ he said.
‘‘These buses were built ahead of their time.’’
The Campes have always had a passion for buses, owning a fleet of 14 school busses and coaches in Hamilton until recently.
They still own the Campe’s Motor Museum in Hamilton, where Glen’s 55 vintage cars are displayed. His oldest car dates back to 1915.
Also owning a travel agency, he says he and his staff are all familiar with the Deniliquin Ute Muster.
Glen admitted he and Margaret have never been before, but while in Deniliquin they inquired whether they could camp at the event with their bus.
The Campes were in Deniliquin on their way to Coleambally for the weekend, where they attended a Clipper rally.
They were not travelling alone however, with the ‘‘sometimes naughty’’ cockatiel Charlie happily chirping away from his very own window seat.
When driving, and if all windows are closed, Charlie is allowed free reign of the bus.
This was not the couple’s first time to Deniliquin, and both agreed they had always found the town and its people ‘‘lovely’’. They also paid tribute to the volunteers at the Peppin Heritage Centre, saying they are a ‘‘credit to the town’’.
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