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Coach De­sign founder Chryss Jamieson was an ap­pren­tice coach builder in 1970 after leav­ing school at the age of 16.

After serv­ing six years learn­ing the trade with Bris­bane City Coun­cil, he moved on to a po­si­tion with a prom­i­nent Bris­bane coach builder spe­cial­is­ing in lux­ury five- star coaches. Hav­ing gained a huge amount of ex­pe­ri­ence in lux­ury coach build­ing, in 1986 the “tim­ing was in place to fol­low his dreams of cre­at­ing his own coach build­ing busi­ness,” it’s stated, with his busi­ness part­ner, De­siree Jamieson.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, it sur­vived ini­tially do­ing bus and coach re­pairs, spray paint­ing and turn­ing old coaches into mo­bile homes. As the de­mand for new bus and coaches in­creased in the early 1990s, Coach De­sign took new and in­no­va­tive de­signs to mar­ket to take out 1992 Coach of the Show award at the pres­ti­gious Syd­ney Bus & Coach Show.

In­creased de­mand would see the com­pany pro­duce its first 4x4 off-road sa­fari tour bus, it’s re­ported. Fur­ther suc­cess in fu­ture years saw Coach De­sign win Coach of the Show awards at the Syd­ney Bus & Coach Shows five times in a row, the com­pany states.

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