Blakes Coaches’ new Beulas Mythos-bodied MAN RR4 13.2m tri-axle for 2017 is a landmark vehicle for two reasons.
Firstly, it is the inaugural new coach acquisition brokered by Hannah Blake, daughter of the firm’s founders David and Janet Blake.
“I am absolutely delighted – it’s my first coach deal. It’s a repeat of the vehicle we had at the 2016 UK Coach Rally, which has proved popular among our staff and customers alike this year,” Hannah told CBW.
According to Alan White, Sales Director at Moseley South, supplier of the Mythos, the second significant point concerns the livery of the touring coach: “This vehicle is the first Blakes coach to have the livery painted on, as opposed to being applied using vinyls. It takes advantage of Beulas’ ability to offer an exotic paint finish.”
Asked why she liked the Mythos coach, Hannah replied: “It’s a stunning vehicle. I love Beulas products – they definitely have the ‘wow’ factor.
“The interior of the Mythos has a calming ambiance; it’s airy; it’s comfortable; and it offers great views for passengers. Our core business is our own tour work, so the cavernous luggage capacity is vital for our tour programme.
“On the coach we took this year, we’ve experienced exceptional fuel economy, it offers a very smooth ride and our passengers love it. We specified the maximum power option – 480bhp on both – which is essential in Devon, with all the banks to climb.”
Hannah said another factor in the choice was the dealership: “We enjoy a great relationship with Moseley South, which is based in Wellington, near Taunton – just 40 minutes away.
“Support is always available from Service Manager Bryan Reed, should we need it.”
The new Mythos will join a 12-vehicle fleet, which is based in the village of East Anstey, near Tiverton, Devon. The coach will enter service from March 1 and will carry the registration is ‘BC17CWB’ – Christine Winifred Blake – in memory of Hannah’s grandmother.