30 August 2019 22:09
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Convoy in the Park is an exciting event for truckers and their families. Combining an impressive display of trucks, car and truck racing plus plenty of live entertainment, it’s always a jam-packed weekend of fun.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks was at the show this year, allowing spectators to meet and greet our experts, and find out more about our trucks.
The highlight of the show was the new Actros. The next generation truck surprised and delighted visitors, as they learnt about the cutting-edge technology including Active Brake Assist 5, Active Drive Assist and the revolutionary MirrorCam. The latter was a real eye-opener, with truckers seeing first-hand how the devices provide an all-round view of the vehicle. They were also surprised at how quickly they adapted to the viewing screens.
The stand was shared with Mercedes-Benz Dealer Mertrux, who showcased two very special trucks. The first was an MP3 1861 Black Edition Actros.
The second truck was very rare indeed: a 32 tonne ‘bull-nose’ Mercedes-Benz LS 1418 from 1971. It was originally sold by Mertrux for £6,250 to Burton-based business, Draycott Transport. Mertrux Managing Director, Ian Marshall bought back the vehicle in 1996 as a gift for his father and once restored, decided to take it to truck shows.
Both trucks received a lot of interest and praise from eagle-eyed fans over the weekend.
Two of the lucky RoadStars who won VIP tickets to the event coincidently share the same first name! Adrian Crihana and Adrian Cygan were thrilled to be randomly chosen via our RoadStars Convoy in the Park competition. Adrian Crihana hails from Hatfield, Hertfordshire and is a delivery driver for Ocado. He’s been a trucker for 15 years and he still enjoys the job; his father was a truck driver too, back in Romania.
Adrian’s vehicle is an Actros and he finds the Proximity Control Assist very helpful, particularly when stuck in queues on the motorway.
We asked him if he enjoyed Convoy in the Park. “It was a lovely experience. I attended with my wife and two young daughters and they were thrilled. We really enjoyed seeing all the trucks.”
Adrian Crihana and family at Convoy in the Park.
“I can’t wait to try the new Actros – hopefully my company will get one.”
– Adrian Crihana
The new Actros proved memorable for Adrian. Like many others, he was particularly impressed with the innovative MirrorCam technology, “When you take a turn, the mirror swings with your trailer, so you can see your blind spots exactly.”
Adrian would love to try driving the new Actros on real roads and he hopes he has the opportunity one day, “I can’t wait to try the new Actros – hopefully my company will get one.”
Another VIP winner Adrian Cygan, also thoroughly enjoyed the day. The trucker, based in Stoke-on-Trent, has been a driver for six years and drives an Actros, which he’s very happy with.
Naturally, he was interested in the new Actros to see if it offered more than his current truck and he was notably impressed, “It’s very nice – the technology is great.” We asked Adrian if he hopes to take the new Actros for a spin in future and he enthusiastically replied, “Of course!”
Both Adrians made the most of their trip to Convoy in the Park, having enjoyable experiences and learning a lot about different truck models.
We'd love to hear about your experiences. Did you take a tour of the new Actros? Share your story and photos in the comment section below.