Mack Super-Liner a billboard on wheels for P&A Burdett Haulage

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk


Mick Eastwood is a Kenworth fan but doesn t mind driving the Mack Super Liner Mick Eastwood is a Kenworth fan, but doesn’t mind driving the Mack Super-Liner. Mick Eastwood is a Kenworth fan but doesn t mind driving the Mack Super Liner
The 2013 Super Liner comes with an mDrive 12 speed AMT The 2013 Super-Liner comes with an mDrive 12-speed AMT. The 2013 Super Liner comes with an mDrive 12 speed AMT
The Super Liner is the only blue truck in P A Burdett Haulage s fleet The Super-Liner is the only blue truck in P&A Burdett Haulage's fleet. The Super Liner is the only blue truck in P A Burdett Haulage s fleet

There’s nowhere to hide for Burdett’s 2013 Mack Super-Liner.

 

It would be an understatement to say that the Mack Super-Liner Mick Eastwood drives for P&A Burdett Haulage stands out from the crowd.

Firstly, the prime mover is dark blue, as compared to the rest of the Langwarrin, Victoria-based company’s fleet.

Then there’s the high sided B-double tippers with Burdett’s graphics setting the entire combination off, making it an extremely eye-catching rig.

"Yes, mine is the only blue one, and it’s a great looking truck," Mick says.

"Andrew Burdett has bought quite a few Macks recently and there was a deal at Mack that fell through, so Andrew jumped on it.

"It stands out from every other truck in the yard."

More to the point, driving the Super-Liner means it’s hard to be inconspicuous.

"You’ve got the company phone number written all over the side of the truck, and you can’t miss the name."

Although he’s more Kenworth inclined, Mick doesn’t mind the truck at all.

But he is not that keen on the Mack’s mDrive automated manual transmission (AMT).

"Having grown up loving trucks and driving them properly and now not having to change gears is quite a challenge and takes some getting used to," he says.

"Also, having a Kenworth tattoo on my leg doesn’t help, but it’s a great job that I’ve got and it pays well."

 

It would be an understatement to say the Mack Super-Liner belonging to P&A Burdett Haulage stands out from the crowd.

Posted by Owner Driver on Thursday, 10 September 2015

 

The Super-Liner is rated at 685hp (511kW) but Mick has been told it is now up around 720hp (537kW).

"Overall it is a very comfortable and easy-to-drive truck; very roomy and it rides well."

While Burdett Haulage’s primary work is in and around Melbourne, Mick spends most days out in the country, regularly going up into New South Wales and occasionally across to South Australia. He enjoys the variety the job offers.

"Burdett’s have opened up a lot now, especially what areas we travel to," he says.

The company specialises in garden, nursery and landscaping supplies, bringing products out of Geelong and up to Condobolin and surrounding areas.

"I’m only away from home a couple of nights a week so the home life still stays pretty good but at the same time, I still get out into the country and camp at a few pubs that permit it," he says.

"I really enjoy the mix that the job offers."

You can read Mick’s full story in the September edition of Owner//Driver magazine.

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