The motorcoach industry is coming back to life. The year 2020 was a devastating year for the industry in every way thanks to the pandemic. But with many US citizens fully vaccinated, including drivers, people are itching to travel again. And although the company I drove for (Hagey Coach, Inc.) did not survive the pandemic, I’ve been hired by another great company (Starr Tours) a … [Read more...] about We’re Coming Back!
Barry Howell, from Minnesota Coaches, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, joins me today in Episode #25 for a discussion of the epic motorcoach rally, “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness,” in Washington, DC this past Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Barry was in a sleeping berth in his coach on the way home to Minnesota, and I was in my home studio in Pennsylvania — it’s podcast history — my … [Read more...] about Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness, Part 2
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, was a day most of us will never forget. Approximately 1,000 motorcoaches from over 400 companies representing all 50 of the United States converged on Washington, DC, for the “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness” rally organized by the ABA — the American Bus Association, and the UMA — the United Motorcoach Association. Episode #24 includes an overview … [Read more...] about Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness, Part 1
Surviving in an uncertain world … motorcoach operators are suddenly, virtually without warning, navigating in a new world — and not from the driver’s seat. In episode #23 of the EightWheels Across America podcast, Sean O’Meara and I discuss the new reality and what the future might look like from this viewpoint. But first, several drivers post their messages of encouragement for … [Read more...] about An Uncertain Future for Motorcoach Operators
A Discussion with Barry Howell of Minnesota Coaches, Inc. Professionalism includes a variety of personal qualities and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to effective performance in a given job. Commitment and confidence, responsibility and dependability, honesty and ethics, and appearance and professional presence are central professional characteristics. In Episode … [Read more...] about What Is a Professional Motorcoach Operator?
Joining me today in Episode #21 of the EightWheels Across America podcast, from his home in Hoboken, NJ, is Mr. Bill Vila. Bill is a long-time motorcoach operator who has spent most of his driving life in and around New York City, driving everything from black limos to transit buses to motorcoaches. Here is our fascinating conversation about driving in New York City. Listen in … [Read more...] about Driving in New York City: An Interview with Bill Vila
Collecting model buses is a passion for many motorcoach drivers. For Episode #20 I recently had the privilege of talking to one driver, Theodore Campbell from Sumpter, South Carolina, who not only collects and modifies coaches, but also builds sets on which to display and photograph them, not unlike a model railroader, but with buses. Listen in on our phone call. Links … [Read more...] about Model Bus Collecting: An Interview with Theodore Campbell