Playing a role befitting a Hollywood hero, a Mack Pinnacle 70-inch high-rise sleeper model rolled into Southern California recently, hauling Evel Knievel’s fully restored 1974 Mack FS786LST model show truck.
The occasion was the theatrical premiere of “Being Evel,” a documentary film that chronicles the life of the legendary daredevil.
Both the Mack Pinnacle model and restored FS model, affectionately known as Big Red, shared the spotlight at the premiere after-party, offering VIPs and guests a firsthand look at the truck Knievel chose as his show truck.
“Seeing Evel’s restored Mack FS model in the film, then experiencing the rig in real life, adds a great dimension to Evel’s fascinating story,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “Not just anyone can be depended upon to haul a legend, and what better choice than a present-day Mack Pinnacle model to deliver Big Red to the premiere.”
“Being Evel” follows Knievel from his humble beginnings through his spectacular rise to fame as the most famous stuntman in the world. In the movie, Knievel’s story is told through rare footage of his stunts as well as interviews with important people from his life and several current stars who were inspired by his career, including actor and stunt performer Johnny Knoxville, who was also one of the film’s producers; professional skateboarder Tony Hawk; and motorsports star Travis Pastrana. The film opens today in select cities.
Mack provided two Mack Pinnacle highway models as part of a recently announced partnership with Evel Knievel Enterprises and Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka, Kan. The tractors help transport the definitive collection of Knievel memorabilia — including Big Red — to stops across the country, helping bring the daredevil’s legacy to a new generation of fans.
Big Red was discovered in a salvage yard in Clearwater, Fla., before being restored by Lathan Mckay of Evel Knievel Enterprises and Historic Harley-Davidson. The traveling memorabilia collection features not only the truck, but also several of Knievel’s motorcycles, leathers, helmets, medical X-rays, casts and other unique items.
Restored as close to its original condition as possible, Big Red features a cab finished in Knievel’s signature red, white and blue colors. Knievel’s custom-built dressing room has also been restored with furnishings and memorabilia from his life on the road.