ALLAN MACFARLANE was brought up in the city where Bristol bus chassis were built and he became fascinated by the firm’s products. This lead to him researching their chassis and body designs thoroughly. He is now credited as one of the experts on the Bristol marque. He is a keen photographer, combining both interests in writing articles, initially for Buses Illustrated in the 1960s. He has had ten books published, including The Bristol KSW (with Graham Jones), Bristol Omnibus Company, 1936-1983, two editions of the South West Buses handbooks (one with the late Geoff Bruce), Coachwork by Bristol Tramways and the fully-detailed, four-volume work, The Bristol VR on Home Ground. His appetite for thorough research has continued, by turning to other, less well-documented makes.