Thurston kicks goal for Mack

Mack Trucks, Driza-Bone and former National Rugby League premiership player Johnathan Thurston joined forces for a special appearance at the recent Mt Isa Mines Rodeo


Retired rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston ticked another item on his bucket list when he climbed behind the wheel of a new Mack Super-Liner to claim centre stage at the Mt Isa Mines Rodeo on August 14.

With Thurston being a Driza-Bone ambassador, his appearance was part of collaboration between Mack Trucks and the iconic Australian clothing company.

The 685hp MP10-powered Super-Liner’s appearance at the Mt Isa was the final stop of a journey that started in South East Queensland, stopping at rural communities along the way.

Mack is no stranger to recruiting celebrities for its cause, none more prominent than rock star Jimmy Barnes who launched the "working class Mack" back in 2019.

Thurston, a premiership winner with the North Queensland Cowboys in 2015, was clearly chuffed with the opportunity to be in Mt Isa for the rodeo.


"I’ve had an amazing few days with my first Mt Isa rodeo experience and equally loved meeting so many locals, thanks to Driza-Bone and Mack Trucks," Thurston says.

"I can’t think of anything more Australian than arriving at the outback rodeo in a Mack Super- Liner, head-to-toe in my Driza-Bone kit. It’s been a really cool experience.

"It’s an honour to work with two legendary Australian brands that have such a strong presence in Queensland communities through their products and manufacturing plants."

Thurston, fully decked out in Driza-Bone gear, was full of praise for the Super-Liner, especially the driver comfort.

"If you’re going to be a hauling around Australia, you’d want to be in one of these bad boys, that’s for sure.

"Super comfy, there’s obviously a bed in there as well, so that’s more my style, camping in the back there," he laughs. "I didn’t want to get out; so I was hoping I could take it home and pick the kids up from school in it, but I don’t think that will be allowed.

"It’s a beast, it’s got the double trailers as well. It’s awesome."


The 685hp 16-litre MP10 in the Super-Liner puts out 2300lb-ft of torque and is connected to Mack’s mDrive HD 13-speed automated manual ’box. With the all-Mack driveline, including front and rear Mack axles, the Super-Liner earns "Gold Bulldog" status.

Drizabone’s creative director Justin O’Shea says the story behind Driza-Bone and Mack Trucks coming together just "made sense" with two hard-working Australian brands, both customised for the challenging Australian conditions.

"While our brands are vastly different, they are rich in Australian history and our respective products are built for surviving everything Australia’s big backyard can throw at you be it the outback, hinterland or bush," O’Shea says.

"When the opportunity presented to work together at one of Queensland’s biggest culture and community events in the Mt Isa Rodeo, we jumped at the chance to connect with locals and give something back.

"Johnathan embodies what our two brands represent so it has worked out perfectly that he could be in Mt Isa."


Mack Trucks Australia’s vice president Tom Chapman, who joined Thurston at the event, says he was proud to have teamed up with another iconic Australian brand and come back to their proving grounds in the outback.

"Mack Trucks are proudly built in Australia and are engineered and designed to meet the harsh Australian conditions," Chapman says.

"Driza-Bone share this mission and we have come together to Mt Isa this weekend for exactly that – to connect and give back to our customers.

"What a sight it was with Johnathan rolling into one of the most iconic outback events in a Mack black Super-Liner, wearing his Driza-Bone gear and adding another layer of enjoyment to the day."

Rodeo guests had the opportunity to meet Thurston, win Driza-Bone and Mack Trucks prizes and see the blacked-out Mack Super-Liner truck used on the road trip, with its new 36-inch stand-up sleeper cab and redesigned interior, at the event.


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