Private Motor Coach, Inc. Celebrates Its Nine Year Anniversary
Private Motor Coach, Inc. celebrates its nine year anniversary on January 25, 2008. This unique travel company provides “Anywhere-Anytime”™ escorted travel in a luxury motor coach/bus conversion for up to 10 people in the US, Canada, and Central and South America. The company was founded by Canadian Ed Lonsbary in 1999. In response to this unique service and excellent customer feedback, Lonsbary was awarded the 2001 United Motorcoach Association (UMA) Vision Award for innovative travel. He is the owner, operator and driver- escort on all trips in a luxury “house-on-wheels,” Prevost XL motor coach.
“When people hear about what I do for a living, many respond enviously. They wish they could live their dream like I do every day,” says Ed Lonsbary, the President and Founder of Private Motor Coach, Inc. (PMC) This month, Lonsbary celebrates the ninth anniversary of operating Private Motor Coach, Inc.
Lonsbary has been sharing his passion for wanderlust every day since January 25, 1999 when at age 51 he left a 26-year corporate career and became the first to offer the unique experience of freedom on the road in a luxury motorhome/bus conversion. Lonsbary welcomes travelers aboard his “house-on-wheels” and takes them anywhere roads lead. In the past nine years, Lonsbary has completed more than 50 trips and drove over 165,000 miles throughout the US and Canada.
“This is safe, reliable and comfortable escorted, private travel,” explains Lonsbary. “I pick people up at their door, then we hit the road. Sometimes I have as many as eight people on board, other times it’s just been me and one other passenger. I’ve taken people in the coach for just one day while others have traveled for up to six weeks.”
Over the nine years, trips have been as unique as his business model. “I enjoy the trips as much as the customers,” quips Lonsbary. He recalled one special trip that focused on AAA baseball, Civil War battlefields, barbeque, and blues. The trip followed the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Natchez Trace, made a visit to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and finished up in Graceland for the for 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death; see www.privatemotorcoach.com/elvistrip1.htm , www.privatemotorcoach.com/photoalbum-CT2002-2.htm .
Lonsbary escorted The Preservation Jazz Band of New Orleans to a performance in The Hamptons. He gave terminally ill people their last ride to their summer homes. He reunited families for special events. He has helped to show off the splendor of Alaskan glaciers, the wilderness areas of the Canadian Yukon and wonders of national parks. Trips have been for business, vacations and special medical needs.
One key service of Private Motor Coach, Inc. is that it provides a travel option for persons with manageable disabilities, who cannot travel via air or car. “These folks can get off the couch at home and go anywhere,” says Lonsbary, “because the coach becomes their temporary home while on the road and an escort is always with them.”
In 2007, Lonsbary replaced his original coach, a MCI-9 called “Patty’s Charm” with an upgraded Prevost XL motorcoach/bus conversion called “Dolly’s Pride.” As with the original coach, the Prevost has all the amenities of a house-on-wheels: living room, kitchen, dinette, full bathroom with shower, queen-sized bedroom, and a large storage bay for bicycles, luggage, sports equipment or whatever needs to go along on a trip, including wheelchairs. Lonsbary also tows a Toyota Corolla behind the coach for side trips.
Private Motor Coach, Inc. began operations in 1991 in the basement of Canadian-born Ed Lonsbary’s North Park home in Gibsonia just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2001, he moved the operation to Whitehouse near Dallas, Texas. Now, he’s given up the physical address and lives in the coach fulltime. “Nearly all of the people who travel with Private Motor Coach find my services on the Internet by going to the website www.privatemotorcoach.com. Over time, I found that I did not need a physical office. I use emails, talk on the phone about where and when people want to travel, and then I take the coach to them. Without roots to a home or office, I can position myself to better serve my customers.”
“After only two years in business, the United Motorcoach Association awarded PMC the 2001Vision Award for innovative travel, but there are no copy cats. Many people have aspired to run a coach like I have. I give them counsel regularly but no one has yet to take the leap. As far as I know, Private Motor Coach, Inc. is the only company providing this type of custom, private travel,” says Lonsbary.
Lonsbary plans to continue offering trips as he moves forward in the ninth year of operation with the geographic expansion of trips and the goal to make the tenth anniversary, a real milestone. He explained, “Private Motor Coach will expand the current offering of trips in our luxury motor coach/bus conversion to include more than just North America. Next on the horizon are trips to Central American and South America.”
Private Motor Coach, Inc. takes up to 10 people “Anywhere-Anytime”™ in a luxury motor coach/bus conversion. The company President and Founder Ed Lonsbary left a corporate career at age 51 to live his wanderlust dream and create this unique travel company in January 1999.
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Contact: Patricia M. Lonsbary Vice President & General Manager 903-839-2922 Private Motor Coach, Inc. www.privatemotorcoach.com