TMB TV: MT Unlimited 6.9 – Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2015 Part Two

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: The Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: August 28th-30th, 2015
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook), Ross Z. Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Black Stallion (Matt Cody)
Brutus (Brad Allen)
Equalizer (Mike Hawkins)
Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey)
Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell)
Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd)
Retro Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson)
Walking Tall (Maxie Broaddus)

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.BlackStallion4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 6.8 – Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2015 Part One

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: The Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: August 28th-30th, 2015
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook), Ross Z. Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Black Stallion (Matt Cody)
Brutus (Brad Allen)
Equalizer (Mike Hawkins)
Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey)
Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell)
Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd)
Retro Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson)
Walking Tall (Maxie Broaddus)

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.BlackStallion4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com

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Monster Photos: Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2015

Event Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: The Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: August 28th-30th, 2015
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Black Stallion (Matt Cody), Brutus (Brad Allen), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey), Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell), Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd), Retro Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson), Walking Tall (Maxie Broaddus) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.12 – Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: September 26th-28th, 2014
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Black Stallion (Steve Thompson)
Brutus (Brad Allen)
Equalizer (Mike Hawkins)
Gun Slinger (Scott Hartsock)
Higher Education (Matt Cody)
Snake Bite #14 (Josh Gibson)
Summit Bigfoot #18 (Dan Runte)

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.BlackStallion4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com
www.GunSlinger4x4.com
www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com

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Monster Photos: Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: September 26th-28th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Black Stallion (Steve Thompson), Brutus (Brad Allen), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Gun Slinger (Scott Hartsock), Higher Education (Matt Cody), Snake Bite #14 (Josh Gibson), Summit Bigfoot #18 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2013

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 26th, 2013
Photographer: Chris Parrish

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Backdraft (Jeremy Slifko), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), El Toro Loco (Chuck Werner), Eradicator (Andy Slifko), Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson), Grinder (Frank Krmel), Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Neil Elliott), Megabite (Brad Allen), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candace Jolly), Wolverine (Dustin Brown), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2013

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 26th, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Backdraft (Jeremy Slifko), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), El Toro Loco (Chuck Werner), Eradicator (Andy Slifko), Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson), Grinder (Frank Krmel), Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Neil Elliott), Megabite (Brad Allen), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candace Jolly), Wolverine (Dustin Brown), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 01/21/13 – Show #502

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013
Guest #1: Adam Anderson, driver of Grave Digger The Legend
Guest #2: John Seasock, driver of Grinder
Guest #3: Mike Vaters, driver of Black Stallion
Guest #4: Larry Swim, driver of SPEED Bigfoot #19
Guest #5: Bobby Holman, driver of Lucas Oil Stabilizer
Guest #6: Bari Musawwir, driver of Spiderman [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 03/12/12 – Mike Vaters & Jeremy Slifko

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, March 12th, 2011
Guest #1: Mike Vaters, driver of Black Stallion
Guest #2: Jeremy Slifko, driver of Backdraft [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 10/01/11

Week Ending: October 1st, 2011
Truck(s) Featured: Triple XXX (R.B. Moler)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Wheelie contest winning effort from R.B. Moler in Triple XXX at the big Vaters Motorsports showdown in South Boston, Virginia.

GRAVE DIGGER Versus BIGFOOT at South Boston Speedway on October 1st

(Hagerstown, Maryland – Vaters Monster Motorsports PR) – The monster trucks and much more are coming to South Boston Speedway on Saturday, October 1st for one of the fall’s biggest events!  The event will feature an epic battle between the two most legendary names in monster trucks as GRAVE DIGGER and BIGFOOT renew their classic rivalry. Looking to steal the headlines will be a great group of trucks including Black Stallion, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Higher Education, Triple XXX and Iron Warrior. All 7 trucks will compete in wheelie, racing and freestyle contests to see who will be the night’s grand champion. As if the monster trucks weren’t enough, fans will also be treated to incredible Freestyle Motocross and the Kamikaze Jet Powered 4-Wheeler!

Larry Swim will pilot the Summit Racing Bigfoot #14 as he represents Team BIGFOOT in facing off against their classic rival, Grave Digger.

Fans will have the special opportunity to get up close and personal with the drivers and their trucks during the Monster Pit Party before the show. You can have your picture taken with the drivers and their trucks and get autographs. Also before and after the show, don’t miss the opportunity to take the ride of a lifetime in a real monster truck as the Pure Adrenaline monster ride truck will be on hand.

For Team Grave Digger, Feld Motorsports is sending Randy Brown and #19 to battle BIGFOOT.

South Boston Speedway is bringing out the most famous monster trucks, the wildest gravity-defying freestyle motocross and the awesome power of the Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler. All the fun kicks off as gates open at 11:00AM Saturday, October 1st. The Monster Pit Party will begin at 11:30AM and all the action kicks off at 2:00PM.

Tickets are now available by calling the  TICKET SALES HOTLINE at 1-877-440-1540 (open Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM). Adult tickets are priced at $15 if you act now, they will be available on the day of the show for $20. Tickets for children ages 7-12 with a paid adult ticket are $10, while kids age 6 and under are free. Pit Party passes are available for $5 person.

Check out www.SouthBostonSpeedway.com for more information and don’t miss out on the chance to see one of the fall’s biggest monster truck shows in the entire nation as GRAVE DIGGER and BIGFOOT face off once again in South Boston, Virginia!

Higher Education Monster Bus Too Cool for School

(Vaters Monster Motorsports PR – Hagerstown, Maryland) – Michael Vaters’ “Higher Education”, the incredible new monster school bus has been a project 5 years in the making. A long time veteran in the monster truck industry with over 29 years in the business, Vaters debuted the permanent identity of the third monster truck in his stable in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium event in April. Vaters purchased the Killer Bee monster truck last year and ran the Killer Bee body for a couple of shows before fitting the truck with a Black Stallion body for first quarter 2011 in the Monster Jam series. The truck is driven by long time crew member and family friend Jimmy Tracey.

The wild new Higher Education monster school bus launches a bus stack during its debut freestyle at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

Vaters has always had a great respect for, and been a big fan of Ken Nelson and his wheel-standing dragster, the Cool Bus. Ken at age 72 races the Cool Bus down 1/4 mile drag strips at over 100 miles per hour and has been for 15 years. Cool Bus was designed and built by Ken and his wife and they travel all over the United States, Canada and Mexico every summer exhibiting at drag strips. Five years ago Mike shared his idea with Ken to build a school bus monster truck and they both thought it would be a good idea and definitely popular with the kids. When the Killer Bee truck became available, Mike found his opening to make the monster truck bus idea happen. After leaving the Dayton, Ohio Monster Jam event, Vaters traveled to Ken’s hometown of Ashland, Ohio and picked up the nose of the Cool Bus to make a mold from as a starting point for the rest of the bus body.

Ken Nelson's wheel-standing dragster, the "Cool Bus" was the inspiration for Vaters' Higher Education.

Vaters has been designing and engineering the truck for some time so when they started the build he had very specific ideas and plans. Because of this and many man hours in the shop by the Vaters Monster Motorsports team, it was completed in a mere 13 days. Higher Education is built in 3/4 scale. When designing the bus, Vaters knew that they would have to build the body stronger to withstand the abuse that a monster truck goes through. The team built two fiberglass sections to make up the roof and a fiberglass front clip. The sides of the bus are built from fiberboard donated by Capitol Building Supply in Hagerstown, Maryland, one of Black Stallion’s sponsors. The paint (school bus yellow) was provided by PPG, another of our generous sponsors and painted by the VMM crew in-house. Vaters wanted the bus to have all the details to make it look as realistic as possible, so he even fabricated black rub rails to run down the sides of the bus and installed flashing lights and a flip out STOP sign.

A couple of build photos show the former Killer Bee chassis being converted to fit the newly constructed school bus body.

Higher Education debuted April 9th in Montreal at Olympic Stadium. During the pit party the bus was hidden from the spectators and not brought out until after the wheelie competition. The house lights of the Stadium were dimmed as Higher Education driven by Jimmy Tracey roared out onto the track, lights flashing to the music of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In the Wall.”

School is officially out for summer - look for the Higher Education monster school bus at a monster truck event near you!

The crowd went crazy on their feet cheering…the monster bus Higher Education went over real big!  The truck is the fruition of a concept idea that will undoubtedly have a huge following, especially with the kids. What could be more awesome for a kid than to see a school bus like they ride in every day getting big air, causing destruction and crushing cars, buses, RVs and everything else in its path. Michael and Denise Vaters want to send out a very special thanks to Ken and his wife for their help and cooperation in making this project happen.

For more information on the Higher Education monster truck and the entire Vaters Monster Motorsports team, visit them online at www.VatersMotorsports.com.

(Article Courtesy Vaters Monster Motorsports, Photos By Stephanie Cotnoir, Johany Jutras, Denise Vaters)

Vaters Monster Motorsports Announces Summer Schedule

Vaters Monster Motorsports, the 2010 MTRA Promoter of the Year, has announced their schedule of events for the summer and fall of 2011. The action will kick off this Memorial Day Weekend in Plattsburgh, New York as Airborne Speedway will host two big shows featuring heart pounding monster truck action, the Kamikaze jet-powered 4-wheeler and extreme freestyle motocross.

Both shows will be held Sunday, May 29th with performances at 1:00PM and 7:00PM and are presented by Verizon Wireless, Della Motorsports and Precision Auto. The monster truck action will be headlined by seven-time Thunder Nationals champion Mike Vaters in the Black Stallion as he takes on Iron Warrior, Rap Attack, Toxic and the incredible new Higher Education monster school bus which is making its U.S. debut.  The monsters will compete in wheelie, racing and freestyle contests.

 

Come see the new Higher Education monster bus in action in its U.S. debut at the Vaters Monster Motorsports events in Plattsburgh, New York.

If all that monster action doesn’t cure your need for speed, power and destruction, then just wait til you see the Kamikaze jet powered 4-wheeler in action. Featuring 25 foot flames as it performs speed runs, you’re sure to be on the edge of your seat when the Kamikaze burns a junk car to the ground in a flaming inferno. In addition, the ever popular extreme freestyle motocross as these insane riders jump 60 foot gaps steel ramp to ramp on dirt bikes, performing gravity defying tricks while in mid-air.

Monster trucks will be on display Friday and Saturday at Liquor & Wine Warehouse and Della Motorsports. Come on out to see the trucks up close and personal and get your picture taken with the stars of the show.

Advance tickets are on sale now through Friday, May 27th and can be purchased at Airborne Speedway, Della Motorsports, and Aaron’s. Tickets are $15 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under are FREE!  Any remaining available tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of show.

Following the big opener in Plattsburgh, Vaters Monster Motorsports continues with many big shows the rest of the year. See below for the dates and featured attractions:

July 21st – Harrington, Delaware – Delaware State Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education, Illuminator with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

July 31st – Seekonk, Massachusetts – Seekonk Speedway
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler

August 3rd – Algona, Iowa – Kossuth County Fair
Black Stallion, Higher Education with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

August 11th-12th – Reading, Pennsylvania – Reading Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

August 11th-12th – Mannington, West Virginia – Mannington Fair
FMX

August 13th – Lebanon, Connecticut – Lebanon Country Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

August 16th – Smethport, Pennsylvania – McKean County Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education, Illuminator with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

October 1st – South Boston, Virginia – South Boston Speedway
Grave Digger, BIGFOOT, Black Stallion, Spiderman, Iron Warrior, Higher Education, Illuminator with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

Dates are still being booked for 2011, so stay tuned to www.VatersMotorsports.com for all the latest information on where you can see some of the best shows of the summer and fall!

(Article Courtesy Vaters Monster Motorsports, Photo Courtesy Johany Jutras)

Safety-Kleen Black Stallion to Debut Saturday at Cowboys Stadium

(Plano, Texas) Safety-Kleen has been an integral part of the Black Stallion racing team for the past six years providing products and services that enable the independent race team maintain its position in this very competitive motorsport.  Safety-Kleen Motorsports has bumped up their level of involvement with our team this year and worked collaboratively to develop the “Safety-Kleen Black Stallion” monster truck.   The truck will be shown for the first time to Safety-Kleen employees at their corporate offices in Plano TX on Friday afternoon.   Later in the evening the truck will be moved to Fiesta on Buckner Boulevard in Dallas and will be on display from 4-8pm.

The debut of the Safety-Kleen Black Stallion will be this Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

The “Safety-Kleen Black Stallion” will compete in the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam this Saturday night, February 26th at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington TX.  There will be a pit party from 2:30-5:30 pm where the fans can get up close and personal with the truck and meet Michael Vaters the owner and driver.  Fans can get their photo taken with him and get autographs.  Show time is 7 pm.  The Safety-Kleen Black Stallion will be competing with 15 of the most popular trucks in the Monster Jam series.  Michael Vaters plans to pull out all the stops and give the Safety-Kleen associates a show they will never forget.  Tickets are available at the Cowboys Stadium box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Safety-Kleen is a leading North American used oil recycling and re-fining, parts cleaning and environmental solutions company, with approximately 4,200 employees serving approximately 330,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Safety-Kleen provides a broad set of environmentally responsible products and services that keep North American businesses in balance with the environment. For more information, please visit www.ecopoweroil.com or www.safety-kleen.com or call (800) 669-5740.

TMB TV: ActionTracks Episode 2.1 – Cincinnati, OH 2011

Event: Monster Truck Winter Nationals
Venue: Cincinnati Gardens
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 15th-16th, 2010
Host: Chris Parrish
Videographers: Chris Parrish

Lineup: Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Eric Tack), Black Stallion (Jimmy Tracey), Illuminator (Jay Snyder), Screamin Demon (Dave Waple) [Read more…]