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Penske backs the return of the Bullet Burnout Truck

Long time motorsport attraction, the Bullet Burnout Truck, has returned to local raceways following the purchase of the Western Star 4800 by a Queensland business.

Renowned internationally, the Bullet Burnout Truck, made its first appearance since being purchased by Laurie Williams, owner of North Queensland Truck and Machinery Movements at the Summernats festival in Canberra.

When the truck became available for purchase last year Williams jumped at the chance to rebuild it with support from Penske.

The heavily-modified Western Star 4800 is powered by a Detroit 16V92 two-stroke engine, rated at 2,800hp with nitrous oxide gas, and an Allison CR 8000 series transmission.

“Since I bought my first Star in 1989, I have always loved the brand and been Western Star through and through,” said Williams.

“It had started life with a White Expeditor cab and after a period with another brand, the first thing I wanted to do was to return the Bullet to its grassroots with a tough-looking Western Star cab," he said.

Williams reached out to the team at Penske Power Systems, who were rapt to be part of the project, having delivered his business several Western Star units over the years.

According to Wayne Wallace, Penske Power Systems General Manager – Retail Truck Sales Williams has long had an affinity for impeccably-presented Western Stars.

“After all, his eye-catching ‘Phat Cat’ truck won ‘Truck of the Show’ at the 2018 Western Star Trucks Show n Shine and ‘Best Western Star Over 10 Years’ at last year’s show," he said.

“When Laurie approached Penske about the opportunity to support him in transforming the old Bandag Bullet into the new Bullet Burnout Truck, we were on board immediately," said Wallace.

“It was a huge effort with the transition commencing in November and the unveiling taking place within 18 days – well done to Laurie and the whole team on an amazing job.”

Along with local dealer Penske Power Systems, Western Star distributor Penske Commercial Vehicles also supported the transformation project.

“Laurie has been a great advocate of the Western Star brand over the years so it has been a pleasure to support him on this project and see the Bullet return to the Western Star brand,” said Dale Christensen, National Sales Manager – Western Star Trucks, Penske Commercial Vehicles.

“With its rugged appearance, the Bullet looked the part when it was unveiled at Summernats, smoking the other participants – no pun intended," he said.

“It has been very exciting to be a part of the Bullet’s resurrection, and we look forward to seeing it in its full glory again soon.”

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