From Tulsa World. By DAVID HARPER
Tulsans will soon have the opportunity to see the city from a unique and lofty perspective thanks to a pair of local attorneys and their associates.
Dan and Donnie Smolen are having a pair of London-style double-decker buses renovated with an eye towards having the twin 13-foot, 6-inch-tall, 30-foot-long, 70-seat vehicles on the city’s streets in early 2013.
Dan Smolen said he saw a similar type of bus parked at a local automobile salvage business, which got him thinking about the possibility of having such distinctive vehicles driving through the downtown Tulsa and Cherry Street areas to serve the weekday lunchtime crowd.
“It’s going to be a brand new option for public transportation and for private parties,” Dan Smolen said. “Everything is going to be first-class.”
Dan Smolen said it’s costing close to a half-million dollars to acquire and refurbish two 1978 Bristol VRT double-decker buses, which he said were formerly used in Minneapolis.
Jason Anderson of Anderson Classics & Kustoms in Claremore is leading the renovation effort. He said his crew is putting in long days with the goal of having the first bus finished by the end of the year and the second one completed by April. Read More