Topic: ANYONE RECOGNISE THIS BUS ?!
I would be very interested in any PHOTOS/STORIES from PASSENGERS WHO TRAVELLED ON SAFARIS OVERLAND COACH 'KING KONG', photo bus below:-
1971 and 1972. Also the same bus now renamed HIMALAYAN TIGER(Painted Yellow) in 1972/73
left London for Delhi on July 20th- Drivers Dave and Harvey,Courier John.
left Delhi for London approx October 1971-Driver Dave, Courier John
left London for Delhi left early Nov 1971?(Stopped Tehran Dec 30th) -Driver Dave, Courier John.
left Tehran for Kabul/Lahore(indian Border closed) early Jan 1972. Drivers Harvey and John
1972 left Kabul for London (stopped Istanbul) Feb/March 1972 via Iran, Iraq,Syria,South coast of Turkey, and then Istanbul where bus broke down (returned to London later) Drivers Harvey and John (Remember the afghan Fighting Dog that was tied up at the back of the bus?!)
1972 left London for Kabul/Indian border early Summer 1972. Driver/Courier John via South Coast of Turkey/Iran/Afghanistan.
1972 left Kabul for Europe in the Summer 1972 (Safaris Overland were going bust) via Iran, South Coast Turkey, Greece and Yugoslavia (Bus 'blew up' just before Skopje but was eventually repaired and returned to Istanbul). This wasn't the best of trips as had an accident with horse drawn carts close to Maku near Iranian border and various other 'incidents'. An Australian couple and a Canadian Ron Stott bailed me out in Iran by paying my 'fine'. Would love to hear from them.
1972 Safaris overland had now gone bust so I now ran a fast Bus Service between Istanbul (Booking at the Pudding Shop) and Kabul (Afghanistan-bookink at Mustafa Hotel) with extentions to Lahore (Pakistan) in Summer/Winter 1972/1973 using the same bus YRC 45 (King Kong). Later I had the Bus painted YELLOW and renamed HIMALAYAN TIGER. Driver John.
1973 Kabul to London Bus full.Left Spring 1973 for London arriving after around 3 weeks.
FOR MORE DETAILS OF SOME OF THESE TRIP, PHOTOS OF THE BUS PLEASE SEE ARTICLES UNDER 'DAVE' AND 'JCH'.