Working Class Mack to raise funds for drought stricken farmers

Photography by: Greg Bush

Mack Trucks, with the help of Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes, has built the ultimate fund-raising prime mover


The Working Class Mack Super-Liner will be auctioned off to raise funds for drought-affected farmers.

Australia’s rock legend Jimmy Barnes and Mack Trucks Australia have joined forces to raise money for drought-stricken farming communities in New South Wales and Queensland with the launch of the ‘Working Class Mack’ at Wacol, Brisbane.

The stylish artwork adorning the Super-Liner recreates Barnes’ iconic album cover For The Working Class Man, which was released in 1985.

The Mack Super-liner is now being auctioned through Pickles. Bidding will close on June 13 with funds then being distributed by Rotary Australia.

Mack Trucks Australia vice president Dean Bestwick (left) with Jimmy Barnes and Rotary Australia's Terry Daley at the launch.

Mack Trucks Australia vice president Dean Bestwick says Barnes had overseen the artwork spray painted on the truck’s cabin.

"This Australian-made Mack Super-Liner is an enormous, inspirational homage to Jimmy’s legendary Working Class Man – an iconic album from 1985 that still resonates with farming communities across the country," Bestwick says.

"We’re auctioning the Working Class Mack and donating the profits from the sale to Rotary to show our support for farmers who’re doing it tough. They’re the backbone of our nation and Mack trucks work side-by-side with them every day."

Rock legend Jimmy Barnes took the Super-Liner for a spin around the Mack manufacturing plant at Wacol, Brisbane.

Launching the auction at Mack’s Brisbane factory on May 10, Barnes says people on the land needed all the help they could get.

"It’s extremely urgent – 99 percent of New South Wales and 65 per cent of Queensland are in drought.

"Tens of thousands of farmers are on their knees and country towns are working hard to make a living, because of the worst drought in living memory.

"It’s time for all Australians to rally around those in the bush, to show we care, and I’m really proud to team up with Mack for this fundraiser," Barnes says.

Bestwick urged Mack and Barnesy fans to dig deep.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so bid big and remember it’s for our farmers," Bestwick says.

With Bestwick riding shotgun, Barnes took the Mack around the inside perimeter of the Mack manufacturing plant at Wacol, Brisbane.

The B-double specced ‘gold bulldog’ Super-Liner is powered by a Mack MP10 16 litre engine, with a Mack mDrive 12-speed automated manual box. On top is a 58-inch high-rise sleeper.

The successful bidder of the ‘Working Class Mack’ will own what is arguably the most eye-catching truck on the Australia’s highways.


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