Organizers prepare as John Atkinson and his Mack Titan get ready to haul 113 loaded trailers and solidify their place in the Guinness Book of Records.
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. — A 70-year-old truck driver recently broke his own world record for longest road train ever pulled with a single prime mover. The feat was completed late February by John Atkinson, who used his Mack Titan to move 113 loaded trailers weighing 2,865,980-lbs. a distance of 328 ft.
The haul took place in the tiny town of Clifton along the east coast of Australia, where a crowd of 8,000 people, including officials from the Guinness Book of Records, gathering to watch Atkinson’s successful attempt. The event, which is also a fundraiser for a cancer care charity, attracted eight times as many people since Atkinson’s last record-breaking hauling in 2003.
“We are all extremely proud of this achievement,” said Gary Bone, senior vice-president, Mack Trucks Australia. “It took a great truck and a great driver to set this world record, and luckily we have both.”
“But, at the end of the day, records are set to be broken,” Bone added. “The most important thing is that we helped raise funds for a great cause and gave a small community something to remember. That’s what I am most proud of.”
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