February’s Mercedes-Benz Driver of the Month, Trevor Hicks, is about to clock 42 years as a coach captain, providing gold class service across a career with some of Australia’s iconic coach companies.
With his early background in long-haul truck driving, Trevor made the switch to coaches in 1970 with Ansett Pioneer, driving mostly the Perth to Darwin route, with stints in Tasmania, until 1988 when he moved to Swan Gold Tours.
Trevor’s first stint with Swan Gold Tours in mainly metro driving lasted a year before returning to coaches with Greyhound where he drove express services for the next three years in Western Australia and South Australia.
But his time with Swan Gold Tours made an impression, enticed back to the company in 1992, which is now owned by Adams Coachlines.
“About mid 1992 I met up with Maurice Silvestri, Manager of Swan Gold Tours, at Perth International Airport,” Trevor says.
“He asked me what I was doing now Greyhound was shut down, as I was one of 15 drivers made redundant.”
Trevor was offered three weeks work at Swan Gold Tours, which turned out to be 16 years leading up to Adam Barnard’s buyout in 2008 of the well-known Perth-based touring and charter coach company.
Trevor was among the first to move with the new owners and the new brand — Adams Gold Class — and has enjoyed every minute of the past four years.
At Adams Gold Class, Trevor has been appointed Operations Supervisor and Driver Trainer, and still drives the company’s coaches in his home state of Western Australia.
“But l miss my long trips to Darwin,” he says.
All up, Trevor has been driving coaches from 1970 to 2012, bringing up 42 years on April 10 this year and still loving it at 71-years-young.