Bi­cen­ten­nial trib­ute build

SPE­CIAL EDI­TION UN­DER­GOES EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY TRANS­FOR­MA­TION

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROP­ICS WITH ALF WIL­SON -

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.

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