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Wandong Bus & Coach’s latest acquisition, a BCI Explorer

The first ever BCI bus is still intact as the original owner continues to buy the same brand.

Max Perry was a driver in Wandong, Victoria, in the late 1990s and the first driver of the first BCI.

In 2003 he branched out on his own to start Perry’s Wandong Bus & Coach and took the BCI with him.

Since then Perry has grown his fleet from one to 12 vehicles and that first BCI continues to run in his fleet.

The only cent he has ever spent on it was replacing the clutch.

When Perry visited the BCI production facility factory he observed firsthand how BCI engineers and sales staff take on board what operators expect.

"Instead of telling us what we want, they ask us ‘what do you want?" says Perry 

Like Wandong Bus & Coach, he says BCI has gone from strength to strength.

"We are committed to the brand now."

The latest model Perry’s took delivery of was a 56-seat 3-axle Explorer coach last year.

Now Perry is sitting down contemplating his next purchase, which he says should be a 13.5 metre 2-axle Cruiser coach.

He believes with the 57-seats and a toilet it’s a very versatile vehicle, for school to charter and long distance V/line routes.

"We are kicking the next acquisition around very seriously before the end of financial year," he says.

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