A teenager from South Wales has seen one of his drawings come to life on a Mercedes camper after winning a competition at last year’s CarFest event. 

Joshua Thomas, aged 13, even got to spend a weekend in the vinyl-wrapped Mercedes Vito with his family, heading up to North Wales for an exciting trip around the Llŷn peninsula for dad Huw’s birthday after the van was delivered to the family's house.

The foursome stayed on campsites over the weekend with Joshua and his brother Lloyd, 11, sleeping in the van itself, which certainly made it a trip to remember for everyone. 

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Joshua said: “The Vito was very colourful. I hadn’t realised they were going to reproduce my design so accurately – I thought it would be more of an artist’s impression. It looked really good.”

“I’m currently working towards my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award and enjoy being outdoors. In the four days we were away we climbed Cadair Idris, went kayaking and snorkelling – very cold! – and spent a day at Zip World. It was all great fun, so I’m certainly glad I entered the competition.”

Denise, Joshua’s mother, said: “When we had the email to say Joshua had won he was really delighted, while it was nice that Lloyd had also been shortlisted.”

Steve Bridge, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, concluded: “The weekend away Joshua and his family had in his wrapped Vito demonstrates the potential these vehicles have to be much more than reliable workhorses.

“A competition like this one at CarFest which was able to foster a fun adventure break for Joshua and his family is something we at Mercedes-Benz Vans are happy be behind, and is something we wouldn’t shy away from making happen again.”

Gallery: 13-year-old sees Mercedes Vito design come to life