ACE Puma IV 5858
Purchased new by
Abbeyways (Gobig) Mirfield Yorkshire
The Running Footman
THV Group Owned
Rare type, manufactured by ACE (Alternative Chassis Engineering). Only nine of its type built.
Plaxton Paramont bodied ACE Puma Plaxton E923LCP is a rare coach that was new to Abbeyways (Gobig), Mirfield Yorkshire back in 1988. ACE (Alternative Chassis Engineering) was the successor to coach operator/manufacturer Ward Bros of Lepton who offered an array of alternate body/chassis combinations. Total production at ACE only just scraped into double figures, with the Puma midicoach being the most common type with nine built.
Throughout it's life, the Puma has been in use with several independent operators, including; Holmeswood Coaches Blackburn Lancashire (as YSU991), Hednesford Travel Cannock Staffordshire (as JIL8916) and The Running Footman of Stradbroke Suffolk. The Running Footman was the final PSV operator it served with, and with the company being a fan of such eccentric coaches, it fit right into their fleet.
When the owner decided to close The Runniing Footman business in 2011, it was sold to a private buyer in Bristol for conversion into a caravan motoring home. It passed to a second owner during it's conversion spell, however in 2015 it was re-purchased by the former Running Footman owner, who was now operating Venturer Coachways. The intension of the purchase was to restore it back into a working coach, however in August 2017, it was again put up for sale. The Puma was purchased for further restoration work by a member of Tyneside Heritage Vehicles. It is now secured itself in the THV Group collection.