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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE – IVECO EUROCARGO

George Stamatakis’ Iveco Eurocargo looks the goods with a Bar Up bullbar, extensive bling by the A & I Group and Transformers signage done by Custom Graphics.

George ‘s Iveco Eurocargo looks the goods and reflects the forward vision of its owner.
He came into the transport industry back in 2002 after leaving the IT Industry.
“I started driving for a company just to see if I would like it,” he tells ACT.
“About six months later I decided to go out and buy my own truck, as I didn’t like driving for someone and the fact that I had standards that driving for someone you cannot achieve.”
George’s company Stamcor Logistics Pty Ltd is based in Sydney. He is an owner driver with one truck, and the work he does involves delivering newspapers, building supplies, mining equipment and general freight.
You don’t usually see blinged up Eurocargos in Australia, but George had plans for this one which is now known as “The Transformer”.
“Everyone just calls it the Transformer. From the photos you can tell why. I’ve always done different things to my truck not only to stand out but just for myself,” he tells ACT.
The body gate system and cabin have also been given a custom touch with Transformers inspired livery done by Custom Graphics from Mortlake.
“I like doing different things to my trucks. It’s just who I am. My last truck was done in the theme of Tron. When I saw the Iveco online I knew what I was going to do with it. TRANSFORMERS. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. It was mainly for my eight-year-old son Xavier who loves everything Transformers. Who am I kidding? Of course, it was for me. I’m just a big kid. I grew up watching the Transformers cartoons as a kid and Xavier got into it too, so I thought hey why not,” he confesses to ACT.
The 2017 Iveco ML160 Euro 6 Eurocargo features a custom polished alloy bullbar that was created by Bar Up Bullbars in Wagga, NSW. The rest of the custom bling and extra lights, the sun visor, chrome mirrors, wrapped fuel tank and roof bar, were all done by A & I Fabrication Custom Chrome Truck & Accessories in Wetherill Park NSW.
The truck is equipped with an 8.8 metre tray body resplendent with LED lights.
George says that after owning four Japanese trucks, it was time to step-up and enjoy the extra comfort and safety appointments that a quality European truck provided.
“You can’t go past the comfort of the new Eurocargo, the four-airbag rear suspension really smooths out the bumps and the cabin just feels like it floats over bad roads,” he says.
“When you hit a pothole in my old truck you really knew about it, the Eurocargo provides a far superior ride.
“There’s also a lot more room in the cabin, I can stand-up straight inside which means that if I’ve slept in the truck I don’t need to get out of the cabin to stretch my legs.”
The latest Eurocargo is equipped with active and passive safety features including the Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS).
Using a bumper-mounted radar this system measures the distance to the obstacle in front and calculates the time remaining to act before a potential collision, an audible double warning is triggered before the brakes are automatically applied.
“The way many people drive these days, particularly cutting-in in front of trucks where there’s not a lot of space or approaching traffic lights, it’s a great feature of the truck and one that I’ve used on a couple of occasions already,” George says.
“The Adaptive Cruise Control is also handy especially out on the open road.”
When delivering newspapers, the Eurocargo is operating comfortably below its maximum GVM but when hauling architectural cladding, the truck is close to its 16-tonne limit, but this doesn’t dent the IVECO’s performance, according to George.
The truck features the new IVECO Tector 7 engine producing 280 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque and is matched to a ZF 9-speed manual transmission.
“Sitting on 100 kilometres per hour, the revs are at 1,700 rpm and the engine is quiet and smooth.
“I’m looking forward to the next mining shut down I work on so that I get the chance to drive the Eurocargo all the way to Western Australia,” George says. George has made his way to several truck shows already and his Iveco is being rewarded with a room full of trophies for its uniqueness as a European truck. He says he is very proud of how it looks.
This story is featured in Australian Custom Trucks issue 16.