G Woodcock & Son, a haulage specialist based in Royton, recently purchased a new Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 1 truck that would not only stand out on the road visually, but also serve as a reward for a driver who has spent 30 years behind the wheel. It joins seven other Actros tractor units already in operation in the company’s fleet. With only 400 produced—and only 35 of those allocated to the UK market—the Actros Edition 1 is a truly limited-edition vehicle. It’s an Actros 2563 at its core with a 15.6-litre 625-hosepower (466-kilowatt) engine, but the vehicle showcases the best of what Mercedes-Benz trucks have to offer.
The truck packs truly premium features such as a GigaSpace cab, a glossy black grille, dark rims and headlamp covers, special Edition 1 branding on the sun visor, and four additional LED headlamps. A look inside reveals black leather trim, an aluminium dashboard badge denoting the vehicle’s limited availability, and a 900-millimetre-wide bed. The truck also features Mercedes-Benz’s Multimedia Cockpit, Predictive Powertrain Control, Active Brake Assist 5, and the MirrorCam system that replaces traditional mirrors with cameras and A-pillar-mounted displays.
The special-edition Actros, which has replaced a model year 2017 Actros with a 480-hp (358-kW) engine, also features the optional Sight Package, which includes LED daytime running lamps and tail lights, cornering lights, fog lamps, bi-xenon headlamps, and a rain sensor. It includes other add-ons, as well, including Comfort, Driving, Media, and Stowage Packages.
“A Fantastic-Looking Vehicle”
“We’re a relatively small company in a crowded marketplace, so I felt we had to do something to really get us noticed,” says Owner Geoff Woodcock of the purchase. “I knew immediately that it was exactly what I was looking for. It’s a fantastic-looking vehicle and makes a real statement—you certainly can’t miss it. The drivers are highly valued members of our team and great ambassadors for the company. They all like their Actros tractors but the keys for the Edition 1 have gone to John Kershaw. He’s been with us for seven years, although I’ve known him, and indeed his father, who was also a driver, for much longer.”