Through: Fabian Cotter, Photograph by: courtesy AT / GBV + Paul Aldridge, Graeme Neander, Rob Parsons and David Hill

How we all went from ‘one guy ate a bat and fucked the world’ to ‘take his underwear off to get the shot’ I’ll never know …

In issue 405 of ABC magazine, we feature Global Bus Ventures’ Kiwi fuel cell city bus, tour Melbourne’s Crown Coaches, test drive Marcopolo’s new Audace 1050 and much more.

The DIY of electronics is therapeutically underestimated. The extreme stress relief from those 4:00 a.m. feats while having a good, inexpensive instant decaffeinated coffee (you’ve done the math on how many cups that need to be, right?) Comes when you don’t. ‘have no idea what you are really doing and you have accidentally broken pieces and there are still scraps of screws, clips, or capacitors – although you’ve done things carefully to avoid this. Good time.

That would explain why I never really get to watch much TV.

Yes, there are other TVs I guess that can be turned on and work just fine, but I love the kinky feeling of accomplishment watching stuff after hopefully fixing (read: destroyed) some very big and expensive. This, or of course, doesn’t happen very often – repair, that is – but when it does, let me tell you, there is no binging like showing binging, like no binging I know “.

Anyway, lots of soldering irons, new circuit boards and swear words early in the morning later I was ‘back in the game’ on a big 3D with the news – because, hey , if you want to do news, which is invariably bad news, I say do it in 3D, right? Or at least just wear dark glasses and sit very close to the screen – same thing (warning: don’t try this at home, kids!). 😉

So what was it? These days, everything to do with Covid and vaccines, epidemics and testing is rife across all channels and … now a new one: side effects. Blood clots? Ew! The clots just look bad to me. I mean, that word… “coagulated”. I see “clotted cream” in the supermarket, all big and fluffy and thick stuck on a delicious scone in the photos, but the “blood” version? Uh… no thanks. I am on a diet and quite fat as it is.


But, seriously, the worst part is that reports confirm that people unfortunately die from such reactions to vaccines, which is terrible for their families and loved ones to deal with unexpectedly. Play Russian roulette with the virus or Russian roulette with the vaccines? Damn, tough call – such a shitty time we live in. And, given the kind of luck I have with those instant scratch lottery cards or the bloody slots, I don’t feel either, quite frankly. Hmm …

So, telly. But not until some US talk shows mentioned laws and “ laws ” implemented in 2016 (?) By an Australian state government for “ Sars-Cov2 ” and “ poisons’ ‘(those words, not the 2003 Cov1), then mentioned something about “ Public Health Act – Section 158’, which says governments can take all kinds of body samples from you and even Forcibly remove your underwear to give yourself a vaccine, technically (uh … which I thought was supposed to go into your arm?)

Gees, so how does it work?

“Hey, I think you look a bit under the weather even though you are feeling good.” We will vaccinate you. But first… we need to check your “you-know-what”! “

Do not hesitate to do a search on Google. Everything is here.

Bring back the life of the 1970s. Be in the TV commercials, I say. Or just turn the ‘teev’ and book a coach trip somewhere nice.

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Up front, in issue 405, we take a look at NZ’s first hydrogen fuel cell city bus that is soon to be tested on the streets of Auckland. Manufactured by local bus company Global Bus Ventures, which in itself is another first for that company, the results of the 13.5-meter-long three-axle fuel cell buses will be closely watched by many Australasian bus operators. , who in turn assess what types of low to zero emission buses will make up their fleet.

It’s good to see operators having the courage and willingness to try out a range of EV technologies to meet mandatory carbon emissions requirements, wherever they are in the world. Check this out on pages 30–35.


When it comes to operator profiles, we visit Crown Coaches from Melbourne who take their school-run business segment very seriously and therefore pride themselves on safety and innovation at the top of their list. The recent acquisition of a series of new Fuso Rosa minibuses was a great opportunity for the team, given the contribution they had shared with supplier Daimler on what their previous model Rosas had taught them.

By refining the product for localized use, such measures will undoubtedly benefit many other operators. And in the hotly contested “small bus” market, we will soon be testing an emerging competitor. For more information, see pages 36–42.


Speaking of road tests, we have Paul Aldridge, the chief bus tester, working overtime, getting behind the wheel of as many new buses as possible before the next inevitable lockdown or interstate jamming takes place. . This time it’s on the go in a new luxury Marcopolo Audace 1050 coach, which shares the good sides of the previous model, but now with key exterior and interior updates, especially for our localized market.

With its versatility a major selling point, Australia’s mineral resources sector is now also a target area for it given its success in similar working conditions in Chile, says Marcopolo, parent of Volgren. Read it on pages 44–50.

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In other areas, we focus the spotlight on Bustech Group’s 100th bus to Metro Tasmania, investigate the issue of level crossing accidents involving buses and coaches, find out some cool tech that bus drivers of Moscow are using, and say goodbye to, some retired tourists from the NSW Blue Mountains “pilot” double decker.

Next, we do a quick, cheeky squiz at some bus seat vendors, plus, in perhaps the most exciting move inside, we tentatively flip the hugely popular pictorial section – this time from QBIC, 2021.


I say tentatively because if hotspots continue to be advertised when various state broadcasts are on, company policy means I doubt I could get there to take “ shadow snaps ” (as they called them. the late Michael Apps, I remember), so I rely on them provided. But, if we focus, we can overcome – and I’m sure a lot of people will be happy to send some awesome, high-resolution photos of all the bus events they’ve been attending this year to help us out (Hey, you don’t. don’t) don’t ask, you don’t get, I always say).

Ooh, and I almost forgot. The latest data on April deliveries is also available, and, affecting wood – and not necessarily rosewood, mahogany or teak, but only old MDF or regular chipboard will do – the numbers this month looks pretty stable, so that’s great news for the bus industry. far.

Until the next exciting episode …


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