Howie Casey, legendary sax player with Paul McCartney & Wings, plays My Love on The McCartney Stage at The Classic Motor Show, NEC Birmingham 13th November 2022
THE GUEST BOOK
At The NEC Classic Motor Show we asked friends, colleagues and visitors who came on board to sign our Guest Book and to share their thoughts about our Magical History Tour de force restoration of 1972 Wings Tour Bus. Maybe We’re Amazed to receive such testimonials!
“Humbled to be part of WNO 481’s journey. Long may it continue well into the future. Words can’t describe how wonderful it is bringing our history and heritage alive!” Emma Balaam, FBHVC Secretary & Busketeer !
“Wonderful achievement having WNO 481 back making music!” David Whale, President FBHVC
“To the Wings Tour Bus – Anyone who takes on the restoration of an icon is a hero! Such a challenge is never straight-forward. Tom is our hero! We now have a living legend from an era long gone. Through this magnificent bus that era can be celebrated by generations! Thank you Tom, now what was that about Glastonbury…?”
Denis Chick, Director Of Communications General Motors and Trustee of Transport Museum, Wythall. more…
“To Tom and whole team. What a great project and what a great result of all the hard work and dedication to make this happen. Good to share.” Karl Carter, Chairman Federation Skills Trust, Vice-Chairman FBHVC.
“An outstanding achievement to recognise, rescue and restore such a significant historic vehicle. I have no doubt the musicians who get to play on it will bring pleasure to many people.” Ian Edmunds – FBHVC
“Best wishes Tom for the next stage in life for ‘the bus’ ” – Paul Chasney FBHVC
“Splendid effort recreating a unique vehicle. Thankful to see it.” Bob Owen. The FBHVC’s Legislation Director
“Tom, I am so proud to be part of this adventure and be part of the reveal. Congratulations to you all and well done.” Andy Bell – FBHVC
“To Tom and The Wings Tour Bus. A fabulous restoration. The hard work was certainly worth it. Put many more miles on the clock. Best wishes.” John & Sue Simpson – Sponsors and Busketeers.
“What a fantastic job. Well done to the team. This brings back so many memories of travelling on this and the work my Dad did on it.” – Denis Newell whose Dad Arthur drove The 1970 England World Cup Team Coach and who oversaw the transformation of WNO 481 into Paul McCartney’s 1972 Wings Tour Bus.
“Dear Tom, on behalf of Roger and Maureen, the whole White family want to thank and congratulate you on keeping Dad’s dream alive. Dad would have truly loved being here today and it is very emotional seeing the bus back in its true glory for everyone to enjoy! We are all forever grateful to you Tom for keeping a big part of Dad alive. Fondest wishes, Greg and The White family.” Greg White, son of Roger White who owned WNO 481 from 1982 to 1993.
“Happy to revisit the bus in its new outfit. Every time I get to see it there seem to be improvements and this is after 50 years. Wow, that went by very fast. Love to everybody and especially the bus.
“I wish I had you in 1972” – Love, Tom Salter.” Tom Salter, the owner of the legendary Gear Boutique was known as Mr Carnaby St, sees for the first time in 50 years the bus he set up for Paul McCartney helped by his Carnaby St crowd. Tom was Paul McCartney’s Tour Manager and his partner and Tour Promoter was John Morris one of the founders of Woodstock ’69 the biggest festival ever staged with half a million people.
“Wow, what a transformation from when we saw the bus in September 2022! Fantastic livery, love the vibrant colours! Well done to all involved! Tony & Karen Hunting – GT Classic Hire.
“Tom, well done. Brilliant. Thank you for letting Breeze sing.” Alan Forward – Stonham Barns
“Well done Tom the bus is brilliant.” John Suter – Stonham Barns
“Stepping on this bus is a magical journey for me. A massive Wings fan for years this home on wheels is part of my journey with the band. It’s blue, it’s true. Tom & Team did magic all over Band Bus Mechanics On The Run. Congratulations Team.” Jason Lowe – Journalist
“I really enjoyed working on Wings Tour Bus. Hope it goes many places and brings joy to many people, young and old. All the best.” Ray Crosier – Joiner
“To Tom, Thanks so much for this labour of love. This has made my 58th birthday, once again, thanks so much for letting me on the bus and making me an Honorary Busketeer! All the best, Derek 2005 Beatles!!”
“Tom, you and your colleagues have approached this ‘accidental’ bus purchase restoration in an absolutely original way and achieved so much. Time to think about your next project?” James Fairchild – City Transport Group ACMA CGMA CMILT
“Fantastic to see the bus in fantastic condition and rightly restored to its former glory. A credit to a hugely enthusiastic, dedicated and expert team which has achieved so much. Love the band on top; altogether the focal point at The 2022 Classic NEC Show. Many comments from show visitors and other stand holders. Great to see it on the FBHVC stand particularly marvellous!” John Worth NSPCC Childline, FBHVC Charity Partner.
“Tom, what an honour and a pleasure to be introduced to this famous icon and to have had some involvement (well, enthusiasm!) in it in the early days. I’m so impressed by the fabulous restoration that’s taken place. It’s transformative but it also has true integrity to the original, which lives on like a beating heart, veins and arteries. Paul has got to see this ! It’s been wonderful to have been part of this amazing achievement, however minor and thank you for involving me. Onwards and upwards – or alongwards, I hope.” Anna Salaman – Cultural Heritage Learning Consultant.
“Can’t believe I’ve been on The Wings Tour Bus. Fantastic experience. Sat in Paul’s seat.” Bill Graham
It’s been a long time coming – Some would say you’ve had a Hard Day’s Night or two… What a splendid experience stepping on to the bus and feeling part of its so special history – and best of all sitting in Paul and Linda’s seats. It shouldn’t be underestimated how well you and Brad have done – and it’s great to see the hundreds of smiles of people outside . We literally feel like a Band On The Run,” Rhea, Eloise, Rose and Philip Fitzgerald.
“Logan Paul Murphy The Beatles Boy (Wonder) played a blinder. Big thanks to Logan, his Dad Lee and Mum Beverly.
“Cheers, AMAZED”, Howie Casey, Paul McCartney & Wings legendary sax player.
“Thanks Tom! Fabulous achievement – getting the bus back on the road. Thoroughly enjoyed the gig.” Joe Jones, Howie Casey’s musical partner.
Howie Casey, legendary sax player with Paul McCartney & Wings plays a beautiful live version of Paul’s classic song for Linda, My Love
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