Mission: Shield the new Actros!
On the road on a secret mission – what most people experience in the cinema, if at all, was day-to-day reality for professional trainer Michael Pinhart for months on end: together with two colleagues from the transport academy in Kulmbach he accompanied the new Actros on a photo and film tour from the autumn of 2010. That meant, among other things, that nobody was to get to see the motorised “models” before their official presentation. As a truck bodyguard, so to say.
Transportation - three times veiled.
The brand-new trucks were transported to the locations on low-bed platform trucks. Three times veiled – veils that naturally had to be removed at the photo and filming location. For example when filming in southern Spain: “In city traffic, no-one really notices a truck that doesn’t really exist yet.” But with an accompanying film set, too, one is presented on a silver platter” says Michael Pinhart.
By the way, the professional trainer was one of the first who drove the new Mercedes-Benz flagship truck. A comment, please, Herr Pinhart! “This Actros is so stunning – I really don’t know where to start.”
Mission accomplished: No photographs of masked prototypes.
The whole team was filled with anxiety while preparing for a filming date with the new truck in a country road in the Upper Palatinate. Would there be paparazzi slinking around trying to shoot photos of the masked prototype? “The next day there was something in the local press about film-making activities” says Michael Pinhart. “But nobody found out anything at all about the new Actros. We struck lucky!” And did an excellent job, too!