The Big Macks - A Visual History Of The Mack Wheeled Prime Movers In US Army Service 1940–1958
Author: David Doyle
Publisher: Ampersand Publishing
Format: Softcover landscape A4
112 pages, 180+ B&W photos
ISBN #: 978-0-9895547-5-6
You can get this directly from the Ampersand Publishing website
Those not familiar with Ampersand Publishing’s “Visual History Series” will need to know that the book usually features one type of vehicle or weapon type that we follow – through mainly pictures during it’s service life through variants and incarnations – pretty much what it says on the front really!
The book is only light and it doesn’t take long to read – weighing in at only 112 pages the landscape format suits this type of book well and the glossy softcover gives way to good quality paper inside that you cannot see through. It is pretty much on the money for quality to price ratio in my book
We start off with a short introduction and description of the Big Mack and the numbers that were produced of each variant by month. This shortly gives way through to the pictures – and this is where the real value of the book is.
We look at the first model Mack – the NO#1 which had a hard cab cover and was used by the army as a prime mover. We see it pulling loads and in the workshop factory fresh. The book also talks about the universal coupler the company had a few initial problems with.
Although the Mack #3 was almost as similar to the Mack #2 we see that Mac #4 & #5 were only used as technical demonstrators – both slated for life as wrecking vehicles with large cranes on the rear of both. There is only one picture of each which is fair enough.
The No# Big Macs were almost the same again to the type #2’s – you are hard picked to tell the difference except the new spare tyres on the back of the cargo bay upright on either side. The book affords us some rather unique views of this truck. Under the vehicle in a workshop, low down on the floor so you can pick out the seat cover detail, above and open top truck and an unusual crane body on the back of one rig – pretty amazing to see.Lastly we look at the Mack #7 – they were the last of the wartime prime movers and so there are lots of this vehicle in pictures – mostly like the predecessor’s pictures there are close ups of the cab, the lights and other details – some of these pictures however are current day restorations (nearly fooled me on that one.)
A few pages denote the short lived Mack NQ and the M125 and “DEISEL” M125A Macks to round out the book – I can imagine that there was some confusion about what fuel to put in these!
Well that rounds it out - a light book but heavy on detail in pictures and just enough text to make you understand the types and the essential differences of each type.
Not only is the name of a famous fast food stuff but learning the origination of “Big Mack” is not the only thing you learn while reading this book – it takes you right through the series of this popular truck and leaves you with a much better understanding of this brute and it’s capabilities, and maybe some modelling inspiration as well.
Thanks to Ampersand Publishing for sending this book out for us to read and review. You can get this directly from the Ampersand Publishing website