A high-spec Super-Liner auctioned last month by commercial vehicle manufacturer Mack has been delivered to the winning bid of Sarina Crane Hire in Brisbane.
Auctioned in June as part of a charity initiative to raise much needed drought relief funds for Rotary, the Mack Super-Liner raised $80,000 for the cause.
Dean Bestwick, Mack Trucks Australia Vice President handed over the keys to Mackay-based Sarina Crane Hire owners Scott and Cathy Goode.
The Mack features the artwork of Jimmy Barnes' Working Class Man album, of which Scott Goode is a fan.
He said the crippling drought was being felt by communities not far from Mackay.
“In Mackay we do get rain, but not too far out they are really suffering,” Goode said.
“This truck being Australian made is really important – an Australian truck helping Australian people. We’ve seen how bad this drought is, so to help out any way we can felt like the right thing to do.”
The new owners made the first bid on the truck and eventually the final and decisive bid.
“Drought still affects most of Queensland and New South Wales, so we were determined to help farmers in any way we could and every dollar makes a difference,” said Dean Bestwick.
According to Mack the $80,000 donated to the Rotary Drought Appeal, will be put to use offering support to farmers and their families.
Rotary Australia Northern Region Coordinator, George Grant, who was present at the handover, offered his thanks to Mack Trucks Australia and Sarina Crane Hire for the generous donation.
“There are people struggling everyday with this drought and unfortunately its impact will last generations,” he said.
“Mack and Jimmy Barnes have been able to raise awareness with the Working Class Mack, which has got more people to look at the drought and get involved," said Grant.
"It’s not a quick-fix problem but every bit helps and I am grateful to Mack and Sarina Crane Hire for their donation.”
The Jimmy Barnes-emblazoned Gold Bulldog Super-Liner is now en route to Mackay, where the company’s drivers are reportedly lining up to be the first in the truck.
It is paired with a Mack MP10 16-litre engine and Mack mDRIVE 12-speed automated manual transmission.
The sleeper includes a 58 inch High-Rise. King Bars donated the Special King 4 post bar with front underrun protection.
(Image: Scott Goode and Dean Bestwick).