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Robert Pimentel
March 2, 2023
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The Pacific Bus Museum 2022 Open House

The Museum has a collection of over 20 coaches, both transit (city) and intercity (over-the-road) types encompassing eras from the 1930s on up to modern times. It is focused on, but not limited to, California and the Western United States. 

There are 15 restored and operational coaches at the Museum, located at 37974 Shinn St. in Fremont, California, with the other non-operational buses stored in Williams, California (Ted Cambell’s place). They survive by donations, volunteers, renting out their coaches, and fundraisers. For more information: https://pacbus.org/ 

Every year there is an Open House, where the coaches are driven out of the stalls, “shined up” and opened for visitors to explore. A BBQ lunch is offered (with the help of yours truly), raffles, and a bus memorabilia flea market with antique bus items for sale. I have purchased a few sweet things in the past. This is their biggest annual fundraiser. This year’s Open House was held on August 21. After a two-year COVID-related closure, the Open House was a grand success. I guesstimate we had 300 attendees enjoying the afternoon events.

The Pacific Bus Museum usually has work parties every first & third Saturday. The Open House is usually held on the third Saturday in August. I am not sure of the date for the 2023 Open House. The Bus Conversion Road Travelers group is planning to host a rally in the area at the same time as the Open House next year. More to come on that.

Photos from the Pacific Bus Museum Open House

Article written by Robert Pimentel
Robert Pimentel is third-generation in the food service industry. He retired in 2016 after 40 years of running his catering company. In 1998 he decided to upgrade from a Class-C to a bus conversion, having had a 1957 Chevy school bus in the 70s his choice was a GM-4106.The first one was a 1961, a few years later numbers two, a 1963, a few years after that number three a 1962. Finally, six years ago number four 1962 with a raise roof and a whole lot of bells and whistles. He has done the remodeling and most the repair work himself.Even though the coach will never be “finished” for the last two years he has been traveling the western US, enjoying life with his wife Marie.

Robert can be contacted via email: SilverSport61@yahoo.com

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