After 15 years of supporting and helping develop Showbus (the UK's biggest annual showcase for the bus industry), model manufacturer Exclusive First Editions has stepped down as lead sponsors of the event.

In a statement regarding the decision, EFE MD, Frank Joyce, pictured above, comments:

"It gives us no pleasure to announce that, as major sponsor of the Showbus Rally, irreconcilable differences have developed between ourselves and the Showbus committee, which have forced us to withdraw our sponsorship of the event. We will not, therefore, be supporting or attending this year's Showbus Rally.

"We do, however, appreciate that this decision will cause great disappointment to many bus and model enthusiasts that enjoy meeting with us in our display marquee at the rally. We are actively looking at what options might be available to us at other events across the country."

While alternative finance is now being sought by the organisers of Showbus International, we are assured that the event, scheduled for September 18, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum, RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire, will be going ahead as usual and that there will be no increase in admission charges to this year's visitors.