Matt De-Machen triumphs at Europe’s largest trucking event

Sep 25 | 2012

Matt De-Machen wins at Truckstar Festival, Europe's largest trucking event.

Matt De-Machen, Managing Director of Erith-based Matthew James Removals & Storage, showed his beloved Scania 480 ‘R’ series road train at the recent Truckstar Festival and came away with plenty of silverware for his efforts.

On 28–29 July around 60,000 people and 2,000 trucks came together at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands for Truckstar Festival 2012.  The festival is Europe’s largest trucking event and the Dutch are well known for their love of vehicles: 75 miles out of the circuit and people were still parked up on the roadside watching the trucks go by.

Matt’s incredibly high spec vehicle – there isn’t anything this doesn’t have, if it’s available then Matt’s pretty much got it – came away with 1st place for paint, 2nd place for interior, and 1st place for best overall special paint job at the festival: an impressive feat considering how many trucks attended the event. 

The vehicle’s paintwork was done by Bramhall’s Automotive and the airbrushing is the work of Andy and Tom Scott from the Custom Paint House in Sheffield - the cab tells the story of Scania trucks since the birth of the company in 1891 up to the present day, the lorry and trailer depict landmarks the road train passes on its regular journeys through Europe.  The custom interior was supplied by Special Interior in the Netherlands.

Well done Matt, time for a bigger trophy cabinet by the sound of it!