So here we go then, the #NewActros is nearly upon us. The big reveal is coming in about 20 minutes so hurry up and stop for a coffee. It is being revealed live on the internet through various MB Truck channels. Click the link: HERE
This is not Truckstar’s official Mooiste Truck van Nederland this is my own choice!!
Out of all the trucks in the line up my favourite has to be the Scania from JQ van der Meer. I know you all think I’m a Scania man through and through but to be honest that change at the end of 1995. There’s not a lot a like more pre-1995 than a grumbling old 3 Series but since then, hmmmm they have been ok. The problem with the Next Generation Scania is it just isn’t a good looking truck. Having spoken to loads of fans they all feel the same, unless the paint job is spot on it just doesn’t look great. Walking around the Truckstar Festival it is plain to see that our Dutch colleagues love a coat of paint and in my opinion none more so than the grey and black of this Scania. We all agree the current fashion for trucks is “less is more” and this is that in every way. No metallic paint, no artwork, no over the top interior but also no where near a standard interior either. Attention to detail and flat paint that’s the way forward for me!
The amazing interior is quite natural? It’s not over the top, just deep brown leather much like a classic luxury car, brown switches and sumptuous brown leather seats and button leather panels, all of which adorn the cab in a completely non-invasive way. Once again Special Interior from Holland have worked a little piece of magic into this one which complements the rest of the truck perfectly. I know it’s a far cry from being a standard motor but it certainly isn’t in any way in your face, I could see myself doing a days work in it at least!
It probably helps that it isn’t an S-Line cab, flat tops are the coolest. Roof rack, air horns and exhaust stacks are all painted black and red. As I say the beauty is in the detail. Both on the exhausts and horns, the inside of the pipes are painted red with black outers. Headboard, beer crate and I love a pair of 2/3 Series side light stalks. A slightly deeper sun visor, Swedish style running lights and all these coated in deep, flat grey paint with subtle red pinstripes. I’m not sure an “understated custom truck” is possible as it’s an oxymoron in my book but now the less the Dutch can achieve most things in custom trucks.
As with all the Super Trucks, they have matching trailers and JQ’s trailer has continued the same theme throughout. The whole thing matches perfectly, even down to the underside of the chassis, the wheels and tool boxes. The other thing that does it for me is the slightly different axle spread, love it! The final piece of the European show truck is the night light show. Again I’m all for plenty of lights as I prefer most trucks at night, but they have to be done properly. You have to be very careful not to over do it and add too many that it just becomes a mess. Classic straight lines, with orange to the side, reds to the rear and white and orange to the front. Add a couple of spots, flashing beacons and original red interior lighting and bingo!!
All in all, this truck ticked all the boxes and it just seemed different to the rest. Plenty of simple detail, good lighting, good looking trailer and that’s about all you need.
Well done to JQ van der Meer, you are the winner of Truckblog’s Mooiste Truck van Nederland 2018.
It’s taken me a week to recover! This time last week James and myself were waking up a little tired and possibly hungover! I have no idea how it was a week ago already. Once again our Dutch colleagues surpassed themselves with their hospitality and friendliness. We met lots of old friends and made plenty more new ones. As we go with a Scania 141 from company Wilson we are in the Oldtimers part and it gets better and better.
This year we were joined with some more English Trucks and we were even able to all park together making an English display! Anyway there will be plenty more to come from the show over the next few weeks.
If you have the time then please look through my photos, I actually took a few which aren’t half bad!!
Click the following link to see my Truckstar 2018 Photo Album.
One of the best truck shows and truck show venues you could wish for. We all know Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, add a truck show surrounded by mountains and a local brew and bingo you end up with the above!! My truck show partner and myself talked about visiting the Trucker & Country Festival at Interlaken again this year (Having been in 2015 – see the PHOTOS HERE), but for one reason and another we have decided we can’t get there now. Worryingly here in the UK their is a rumour going round that this year is the last year of the Truck Mile at the show. It worries us so much so that James took it upon himself to email the show organisers and ask the question. James asked if this was the last year of the Truck Mile or would be able to go in 2019. This is the email response, apologies for it looking a little odd but I’m sure you can piece it together;
So there you have it, 2018 is NOT the last truck show in Interlaken, CH. I’m not sure where or how the rumour started but it’s not true. If you can’t get there this year, don’t panic you won’t miss out. I will urge you all to get it in your calendars at some point as you really won’t find a better, more beautiful than Interlaken. Saying that if it is, I for one will be off to have a few words with Katja!!
It might not turn out to be the summer of love but I’m sure it will be trucking good one. My good buddy Mat Ireland is once again going to have a busy summer keeping all of our favourite music artists, moving about Europe, keeping us all entertained and giving us those summer songs and experiences we all crave during the long dark months of winter. Mat has promised me that he will keep the video diaries coming this year, so I thought it was only fair to post his first video for you all to see. I don’t need to say anything about it other than it seems a long way down down to the bottom deck of the Stena boat! I’ve been aboard many times but I have never been down to the bottom. Anyway it’s a cracking start to the season Mat, so please keep them coming……sorry about the plonker you met in Colchester on your way to Harwich.
It’s only taken two years, well if it wasn’t for the weather and the house we moved into needing more work than we knew about then it would have been here a lot sooner. I have to say that I love it! If it wasn’t for my 72 year old Dad and his e expertise then it may well have taken another two years who knows!! Still need 4 x bar stools, a beer fridge and a tv but other than that. If anyone knows of any truck stools of any kind I’d be interested and for our friends in the USA one of those Peterbilt floor mats would look a treat. Seriously if you do have any donations to the cause then they will be well looked after. Next I’ll have to find a suitable person with a huge pair of scissors to come and cut the ribbon to officially open the new TBHQ.