BACK IN THE LATE 1970S, UK HEAVY HAULAGE DID NOT GET ANY MORE GLAMOROUS THAN AN AMERICAN-BUILT MACK TRUCK HAULING A LOW-LOADER TRAILER. COATBRIDGE-BASED WEST OF SCOTLAND WAS BRITAIN’S BIGGEST USER OF THESE ALL-STATESIDE SENSATIONS, WITH THE COMPANY EVENTUALLY BECOMING AN APPOINTED MACK DEALERSHIP. JOHN HENDERSON REPORTS FROM WEST OF SCOTLAND BOSS, JIMMY CAMPBELL’S, MACK DRIVERS’ REUNION LATE LAST YEAR.
Legend has it that Mack’s links to Great Britain hail back to the muddy battlefields of World War 1. There, a British officer trying to free a piece of artillery mired in mud, coined the term ‘bulldog’ when he shouted to the driver of a nearby Mack AC model, “bring that bulldog over here!” Just like the mud, that nickname stuck and the story eventually reached America, where Mack’s management duly adopted the impromptu moniker. West of Scotland Excavation’s first Mack truck arrived in 1958 when company founders, Jimmy and Alex Campbell, father and uncle of the current Jimmy Campbell Senior, bought an ex-US Army 6x6 N model to haul a single axle, four-in-line low-loader. The outstanding performance of this truck made the Mack name a legend for the Campbell family.