MACK® Pinnacle™ Challenges World’s Strongest Men 

Strongmen Compete for Fastest Time Pulling Tractor

GREENSBORO, NC (January 09, 2013) – Thirty of the world’s strongest men challenged 19,000 pounds of pure Mack power during the recent MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man 2012 competition. Pulling a MACK® Pinnacle™ Axle Back model tractor was one of the qualifying events during the 35th annual competition conducted at the Commerce Casino and other locations throughout Los Angeles, Calif.
The World’s Strongest Man competition, which aired on ESPN on Dec. 30, pitted men from 17 countries against each other, testing the limits of human strength and endurance through a series of extreme events.

Competitors in the truck pull qualifier wore a harness connected to a rope and were required to pull the Pinnacle tractor more than 30 meters (32.8 yards) in the shortest amount of time. Hafpór Björnsson, of Iceland, won the qualifying round for the second year in a row, finishing in 26.93 seconds. Terry Hollands and Zydrunas Savikas finished the competition second and third place, respectively. All advanced to the next phase of the competition.

“The Mack Pinnacle is an intimidating opponent even for the strongest men in the world,” said Tracey Craik, fleet sales manager for TEC Equipment, Inc. in La Mirada, Calif. “When the event organizers approached us for a truck to use in the contest, our first recommendation was the Mack Pinnacle model because of the truck’s big power, strength and durability – all the right elements to test the World’s Strongest Man.”

The Pinnacle model is designed for durable over-the-road hauling with a MACK Advantage™ chassis to optimize payload. Equipped with the MACK MP8 engine offering 1,760 lb-ft of torque and 505 hp,  the fuel-efficient Pinnacle delivers near-zero emissions through the combination of the MP8 engine and MACK ClearTech™ SCR technology.

“The Mack Pinnacle is a very versatile model and can be spec’d to efficiently handle any application, from local and regional hauls, to demanding long hauls,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “While one very strong man can pull this truck 100 feet in under a minute, the Pinnacle’s 505 horses pull a full load over the steepest mountains effortlessly. Mack Pinnacles have a lot in common with the men who participate in this competition because they are built to handle maximum payload without stopping or slowing down.” 

Hafpór Björnsson

Hafpór Björnsson, the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man 2012 truck pull competition winner, pulls a MACK® Pinnacle™ more than 30 meters in Los Angeles, Calif.

Frankie Scheun

A MACK® Pinnacle™ model proved a formidable opponent for Frankie Scheun, of South Africa in the MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man 2012 truck pull qualifying event.

Dedicated to durability, reliability and meeting the needs of customers, Mack Trucks has provided purpose-built transportation solutions for more than a century. Today, Mack is one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks, and Mack® trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries. Mack trucks, diesel engines and transmissions sold in North America are assembled in the United States. Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality, ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems and OHSAS 18001 standard for health and safety management systems. Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation's roadways.

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