Under a hot mid-February sky in the tiny village of Clifton, on Australia's east coast, stood officials from the Guinness Book of Records, who were intensely interested in driver John Atkinson and the Mack Titan truck he had just boarded. As a crowd of 8,000 spectators looked on, Atkinson eased the big 620-hp, 8×6 tractor into gear and moved it 328 feet forward. The crowd cheered.
Of course, what we didn't yet tell you was that the Titan was pulling 113 loaded trailers, which stretched out behind the Titan nearly a mile. Atkinson was attempting to set a world record for the longest "road train" pulled with a single prime mover, all in the interest of raising funds for a cancer-care charity. And he did set the record, breaking his own 2003 record, also set in a Mack truck.