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A Grand Adventure


A Grand Adventure 
America’s First Transcontinental Truck Run

In 1911, four men set off in a Mack truck to attempt a feat never accomplished before – drive a truck across the continental United States. The person behind the wheel was from Campbell’s Bay Quebec.

George MacLean set off from Denver – rather than New York or Los Angeles – because Mack Truck was uncertain if the journey could be completed. Fearing bad publicity if it failed – a legitimate concern, there were no roads in the mid-west -- the company stole away at roughly the halfway point of the trip, almost in the middle of the night.

The trip was taken against the backdrop of a continent about to change forever. These were they early days of motoring in North America, an era of larger-then-life characters and dreamers like Cannonball Baker, Carl Fisher, Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Mack – and George MacLean.

The Mack transcontinental truck-run of 1911 was perfect for the times. A crazy, never-should-have-worked road trip that is told here for the first time.