[Job Story] Drizabone and Mack Trucks together for a one-off Road Trip to the Mt Isa Mines Rodeo

Drizabone and Mack Trucks joined forces for a great one-off road trip from Queensland’s south-east to the Mt Isa Mines Rodeo event with retired rugby league legend, Johnathan Thurston.

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The Drizabone ambassador spearheaded the collaboration arriving at Mt Isa’s renowned event in the blacked-out 685hp Mack Super-Liner much to the delight of the crowds.

Thurston, who was centre stage for the main event on Saturday, was chuffed with the opportunity to be in Mt Isa for the rodeo which brings together the best of the outback. Thurston said:

“I’ve had an amazing few days with my first Mt Isa rodeo experience and equally loved meeting so many locals, thanks to Drizabone and Mack Trucks.” 


“I can’t think of anything more Australian then arriving at the outback rodeo, in a Mack Super- Liner, head-to-toe in my Drizabone kit. It’s been a really cool experience.”


“It’s an honour to work with two legendary Australian brands that have such a strong presence in Queensland communities through their products and manufacturing plants.”

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Drizabone’s Creative Director, Justin O’Shea said the story behind Drizabone and Mack Trucks coming together just ‘made sense’ with two hard-working Australian brands, both customised for the challenging Australian conditions. O’Shea said:

“While our brands are vastly different, they are rich in Australian history and our respective products are built for surviving everything Australia’s big backyard can throw at you be it the outback, hinterland or bush.” 


“When the opportunity presented to work together at one of Queensland’s biggest culture and community events in the Mt Isa Rodeo, we jumped at the chance to connect with locals and give something back.”


“Jonathan embodies what our two brands represent so it has worked out perfectly that he could be in Mt Isa.”

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Mack Trucks Australia’s Vice President, Tom Chapman who joined Thurston at the event, said he was proud to have teamed up with another Australian brand and come back to their proving grounds in the outback. Chapman said:

“Mack Trucks are proudly built in Australia and are engineered and designed to meet the harsh Australian conditions.” 

“Drizabone share this mission and we have come together to Mt Isa this weekend for exactly that – to connect and give back to our customers.”


“What a sight it was with Johnathan rolling into one of the most iconic outback events in a Mack Black Super-Liner, wearing his Drizabone gear and adding another layer of enjoyment to the day.”

Courtesy of Volvo Trucks

The dual branded Mack Super-Liner truck travelled northwest from Brisbane as part of the brands’ collaboration, passing through rural communities, with a final stop at Mt Isa to join the action at the renowned rodeo event.

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Rodeo guests had the opportunity to meet Thurston, win Drizabone & Mack Trucks prizes and see the blacked-out Mack Super-Liner truck used on the road trip, with its new stand-up sleeper cab and redesigned interior, at the event.

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