The History Of Sharpes Of Nottingham
The Sharpe’s family have lived in the Area of Nottingham for the last 47 years. In 1965 Trevor Sharpe moved to Nottingham to start working at the Odeon Nottingham Cinema, also undertaking part time work as a driver for Lamcote Motors Limited, of Radcliffe upon Trent.
Trevor left the Rank Film Organisation to pursue his passion in the coaching industry, taking the position of “Traffic Manager” with Lamcote Motors Limited until 1995.
Following a brief period of time with Silverdales of Nottingham during 1996, Trevor embarked upon a new challenge with Eddie Browns of York. With Eddie Browns, Trevor started a new depot at Nottingham with 2 vehicles. One of which;
B10M Vanhool Alizee is still owned and currently undergoing a programme of full restoration.
Sharpe and Sons (Nottingham) Limited was formed by the Sharpe’s Family, (Trevor, Joy, Russell, Neil, Simon, and James Sharpe) quickly followed by the purchase of 3 Ex Shearings B10M Volvo Vanhool Alizee Coaches. Two of the coaches were converted for Disabled Access by Volvo Bus Loughborough. Shortly after the incorporation of Sharpe’s of Nottingham, the family negotiated the purchase of Eddie Brown’s Nottingham Depot assets. This increased the Fleet from the 3 to 13 vehicles.
The fleet consisted of:
- 1 - Volvo B10M Vanhool Alizee
- 1 - Volvo B58 Plaxton Supreme
- 1 - VW Caravelle
The fleet had increased to 27, with the addition of the first “Brand New Vehicle”. The family recognised that there was a gap in the market place for quality high capacity vehicles. Sharpes of Nottingham purchased the Coach from Moseley South, a Bova Synergy 75 Seat Executive Double Decker. The emphasis on quality high capacity vehicles remains to this day as one of the core values of the Business.
We purchased our Second “Brand New” Bespoke built Double Decker Coach. The vehicle in question was a Vanhool TD927 Astromega. The Vehicle specification included Disabled Wheel Chair Access with facilities for 1 Wheel chair passenger, Sumptuous Full Leather, and Ambience Lighting. This vehicle took pride of place on the Vanhool Stand at the 2010 Bus and Coach UK Show.
The year started with the arrival of our third new vehicle, without exception this can be called a one off. We were very fortunate to purchase a 1971 Ford R192 Duple Viceroy 45 Seat Coach. This infamous coach has never been registered, and has remained in storage for over 40 years.
Sharpes of Nottingham entered the 58th UK Coach rally, at the Peterborough Arena. At the rally Sharpes of Nottingham were proud to be ;
- Highest placed operator in all Classes winning the Alan Goodwin Trophy
- Concours D'elegance Awarded Best Coach over 5 years old
- Neil Sharpe won the Peter Bostock highest place driver on the Saturday
Later that year saw the arrival of our Second Vintage Coach. The coach, a 1973 AEC 760 Plaxton Panarama Elite III was new to C G Littlewoods of Sheffield. This coach in later life was owned and operated by Lamcote Coaches, a company that the Sharpe's family had links with for many years. The previous owner Fowlers of Holbeach, had owned it for over 20years, of which the last 8years have been spent in storage.
The Fleet currently consists of;
- 1 - Vanhool T927 Astromega
- 2 - Vanhool T917 Astron
- 7 - Volvo B12B Vanhool Alizee
- 1 - Volvo B12BT Vanhool Alizee
- 4 - Volvo B10M Vanhool Alizee
- 1 - Bova Synergy
- 3 - Volvo B12M Berkhof Axial
- 3 - MCW Double Deckers
- 3 - Alexander PS Volvo D10M
- 1 - Alexander Volvo D10M
- 9 - RH Alexander Volvo Olympian
- 4 - Alexander Volvo Olympian
- 2 - Ford Transits
- 1 - Ford R192 Duple Viceroy
- 1 - AEC 760 Reliance Plaxton Panorama Elite III