Bicentennial tribute build
SPECIAL EDITION UNDERGOES EXTRAORDINARY TRANSFORMATION
IN 1988 to mark the bicentennial of Australia’s first European settlement, Mack built 16 limited-edition SuperLiners named for some of the country’s most famous settlers.
In 2009, fourth-generation truckie and Mack fan Freddy Deen built his own one-off tribute to the special edition trucks.
Mr Deen’s family owned three of the original Bicentennial SuperLiners when their 20th anniversary rolled around in 2008.
So Mr Deen set off on a mammoth two-year build to create his own commemorative Mack SuperLiner to celebrate the milestone and in February 2009, Big Rigs showed off the final result on its front page.
The $750,000 20-year anniversary Bicentennial Mack SuperLiner LT took almost two years to complete, from first concept to its first time on the road.
“The majority of that time was taken up in the 14 months it took to equip, fitout, paint and decorate the truck once it came off the production line in Brisbane towards the end of 2007,” Big Rigs reported in its February 6 edition.
“Nothing has escaped this extraordinary transformation and the more you look at it, the more you can begin to appreciate just how much time, effort and attention to detail Freddy has put into his tribute to the original Bicentennials.
“Freddy developed the concept of the truck himself and designed the overall paint scheme as well as the murals that decorate the bonnet and back panel of the cab.”
The SuperLiner was fitted with a Hercules aluminium tipping body and a quad-axle tipping trailer.
“Under the bonnet hasn’t escaped with everything possible stripped out and finished in two-pak and a clear top coat before reinstalling.”
Freddy Deen featured in Big Rigs with his commemorative 20th anniversary Bicentennial Mack SuperLiner BT.