John Harvey A Champion Tour Driver

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Alan Payling meets John Harvey of Leons Holidays, a tour driver at the top of his game who has been employed by some of the UK’s leading operators, and has driven some of the finest coaches throughout Europe and Scandinavia

John Harvey poses with his Neoplan Starliner in Meadfoot, Torquay. ALAN PAYLING

It’s a pretty impressive sight when one of Leons’ Neoplan Starliners arrives at a hotel in Torquay. The coach spins in the road ready to reverse into the grounds of the hotel. Momentarily, the Starliner shows a broadside to vehicles in both lines of traffic, whose drivers can only sit and admire the flash of metallic red bodywork, the sharply contrasting sunny yellow lettering, the dazzling mirror glint of the wheels, the glossy black tyres and the light flashing off the windows. On a sunny day, it’s a real vision that stops the traffic in more ways than one. […]

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