RICHARD TEW, TOGETHER WITH A TEAM FROM THE TITLE, PAYS A VISIT TO THE RENOWNED HEAVY HAULAGE SHOW: MACK & SPECIAAL TRANSPORTDAG.
Not for nothing are the Dutch known as the ‘hauliers of Europe’. Their enthusiasm is seen in the annual Mack & Special Transport Day. Now in its 36th year, the amount of effort and planning from both the organisers and participants for what is basically a one day show, is nothing short of amazing. There is already a huge annual Dutch truck show held at the Assen Race Circuit every July, known as the Truckstar festival: the Dutch trucking magazine ‘Truckstar’ is the lead sponsor. This show, however, is similar to the UK Truckfest events, and attracts trucks from all sectors of the industry, with well over 2000 vehicles on display for the weekend show.
However, the Mack and Special Transport Day (as its name suggests) is predominantly for Macks and heavy haulage combinations. The very ﬁrst show was organised by Willem Kuiper, who was (and is still) the President of the Dutch Mack fan club, and was held in the streets of his own town – Abcoude, near Amsterdam. It was initially just a Mack truck show. But, since a number of the Macks that turned up were involved in heavy haulage, it became the Mack and Special Transport Show.