One caught fire at Havenstreet; another suffered brake failure and ended up straddling some roadworks like a scene from On the Buses. By 1973, most had been withdrawn after just ten years' service and by 1975 the last ones were leaving the island forever.
The last of the Southern Vectis SU's was scrapped in 1985, when I was just 3 years old (although I can say with great authority that its builder's plate lives on, safe and sound). So, the hope for an SU to return to the island falls to non-native cousins. Can you think of anyone who might oblige?
Our friend - in spite of everything that's happened in the past - would love to come along.
In fact, why not make a week's holiday of it? We'd book our usual apartment (normally travelled to each year by Cowes Redjet and contemporary Southern Vectis service bus) - but this year, we'd arrive there by SU.
And we'd use our friend to operate the first Bristol SU service on the island since 1975. Yeah!
And so we set off...
To be continued...