“These cars are no normal vehicles.”
We would all wish we could park like this. Andreas Rothweiler presses the accelerator and drives with uncanny assurance, even going backwards up five-metre ramps to the high-loader platform, is hauled up another good five metres, presses the accelerator again and drives straight onto the aircraft. He does this 20 times. Once he’s finished, Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11F at Frankfurt Airport has 16 cars on its main deck and another four stowed away on its lower deck. Ten of the vehicles have black covers over them while lined up in a row on the apron. These have to be removed by necessity once Andreas Rothweiler takes the wheel. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to tell that these are no normal vehicles. Their paintwork has been replaced by a film that looks like a modified zebra print. Andreas Rothweiler is Managing Director of the car-go forwarding company in Stuttgart and a specialist in loading Mercedes-Benz cars.