Mactrans' Mack 88 Photo Warren Aitken/ Australian Custom Trucks
Mactrans' Mack 88 Photo Warren Aitken/ Australian Custom Trucks Contributed

Mighty Mack 88 shines

A SOUTHERN Cross Mack is a pretty spectacular model on its own, let alone one that has been airbrushed like Chris Deen's Mack 88.

Chris purchased the limited edition Titan new; there were only 10 built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mack in Australia.

What you need to know about Mr Deen, is that he's a huge Mack fan, he already owns two Mack Bicentennials which are on display at his office in Brisbane.

He grew up with Mack trucks and has been around them all his life and in Mactrans' fleet of 25 trucks there's only four that aren't Mack.

That said, he wanted his new Southern Cross to be a tribute to those Bicentennials and had it painted in the Mactrans theme using green and gold colours.

It then had western characters airbrushed including a bulldog on the tanks and steps, stacks and rear of the truck.

Mack 88 has custom green and gold mudguards and a customised push pull bull bar with a four-inch tube which is 210-ton rated.

There's a custom interior and even the bonnet has been built up to look "meaner".

The paint alone cost $150,000, lights, stainless and the bull bar cost a further $50,000.

Mr Deen said the truck owed him $650,000 and was one of the dearest around.

It was built for heavy haulage and the number of awards it has won at truck shows around the country is testament to the amazing truck it is.

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