Back in 1892, the Behn family were already delivering beer – at the time to the canteens of the Kiel Canal construction sites. The family ran a brewery in Hamburg‑Altona. The goods first went by train to Gettorf in Schleswig‑Holstein where Waldemar Behn’s great grandfather lived. Then, horse-drawn carriages were used to supply the canteens along the Kiel Canal construction sites. A total of 9.000 workers were supplied with the beer from Waldemar Behn’s ancestors. For the past 60 years, Behn’s company has been using trucks from Mercedes‑Benz. Behn fondly recalls the first vehicles. For the reporters from “Transport” magazine, he even took the time to sit behind the computer and show the trucks which they had at the time. In 1990, the businessman bought a long-nosed truck from 1957. “Those were the trucks of my childhood,” Behn says, explaining his passion for the classic trucks. Up to 1988, the L 311 model was owned by the French army in Berlin. After two changes of ownership, the man from Eckernförde bought the vehicle. In the company’s own workshop, the 100‑hp truck was restored and converted to suit the needs of the drinks wholesaler. But it didn’t stop there as the truck was also painted in the brewery’s original colours. Just in time for the company’s 100th anniversary, Behn was able to bring the L 311 back into operation. And since then, it’s a real eye-catcher in the Behn fleet. Even though Waldemar Behn truly appreciates the modern trucks in the company’s fleet, when the Managing Director has to stand in for one of his drivers on Saturdays, he’s always thrilled to get behind the wheel of the L 311.