A man and a big Mack

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RIGS are best ad­mired in mo­tion for their brute strength and pulling power, ex­cept when it comes to the world of strong men and women. They like their trucks stand­ing still.

Ma­son Dan­natt from Stand Or Sub­mit is one of th­ese peo­ple.

Spe­cial­is­ing in all things great and ... even greater, Ma­son works as the Aus­tralian Strong Man com­pe­ti­tion equip­ment man­ager out­side of run­ning his busi­ness.

His big­gest re­spon­si­bil­ity for the event is sourc­ing trucks to be pulled in the com­pe­ti­tions.

The tougher look­ing the bet­ter.

This year Ma­son picked a Mack for the crowd pleaser.

“This was the first time they had run the event at the Mel­bourne Show for a few years,” he said.

“We needed one that looked tough but also fit­ted into the wood­chop shed.”

“We had a bit to do with CMV in the past and they helped us out this time.”

“The Mack re­ally en­gaged the crowd, I got to drive it on the day and was tempted to head off,” he laughed.

The com­peti­tors were ex­pected to pull the truck us­ing a har­ness and the sheer power of their legs.

“The 10-tonne Mack prime mover is con­sid­ered rel­a­tively light for a truck pull,” Ma­son ex­plained.

For heav­ier ve­hi­cles, com­peti­tors have the as­sis­tance of a rope.

Com­peti­tors have been known to pull ve­hi­cles north of 20 tonnes.

“Some of the in­ter­na­tional guys have even pulled planes in ex­cess of 30 tonnes,” he said.

Other chal­lenges for com­peti­tors in­clude a steel beam called the log, which of­ten weighs around 250kg, and At­las Stones, which are balls of solid con­crete that can weigh over 200kg.

Pas­sion­ate about his sport, Ma­son finds him­self siz­ing up cars and trucks wher­ever he goes.

“Ev­ery­thing I look at I won­der if it is some­thing we can pull or lift.

“You would be sur­prised what the hu­man can ac­tu­ally move, just do it slowly,” he said

“But it needs to be flat. Even the strong­est man in the world can’t pull a truck up­hill.”

NSW-based strong­man and fam­ily man, Ed­die Williams was crowned Aus­tralia’s Strong­est Man 2017 on the day.

Ed­die stretched his lead over the com­pe­ti­tion by pulling the Mack Su­per­liner the re­quired distance of 20m in only 29.81 sec­onds, a whole six sec­onds quicker than his near­est ri­val!


HOW’S THAT? Con­tes­tant in the Aus­tralian Strong Man com­pe­ti­tion.

At­las Stones of con­crete can weigh more than 200kg.

Aus­tralian com­pe­ti­tion. Strong Man

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