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South Boston VA– South Boston Speedway

Oct 1, 2011

The Black Stallion racing team traveled to South Boston VA to compete in a 7-truck lineup.  Black Stallion, Iron Warrior and Higher Education competed against Grave Digger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Big Foot and Triple X.  In round one racing Jimmy Tracey took out the Turtle and Black Stallion eliminated teammate Iron Warrior.  Triple X was eliminated by Big Foot and Grave Digger got the by run.  In semi-finals Michael Vaters in the all Ford Powered K&N Black Stallion beat Tracey in Cool Bus.  Grave Digger beat Big Foot advancing into the final round.  Grave Digger and Black Stallion lined up for the racing final.  Both trucks came across the finish line simultaneously but the officials awarded the win to Grave Digger. 

Photo by Dustin Hart

Each truck took their shot at the wheelie contest and Triple X rolled in his attempt to get vertical.  Big Foot ultimately took the wheelie win by crowd cheer off.  Freestyle competition was fierce and competitive but it was Big Foot who swept with his second win of the day.


We are excited to announce that Hot Wheels has chosen to produce the Safety-Kleen Black Stallion for a toy truck coming out soon.  They will also be adding the Higher Education monster school bus to their line of toys next year.

The 19th Mike traveled to Auburn IN to attend the First Annual  International  Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet.  In 2012 Michael Vaters in the Black Stallion celebrates 30 years of entertaining and competing in the monster  truck industry.  He had a great time sharing old stories, discussing how the sport has changed over the years since the beginning and catching up with old friends.  If you get a chance and are ever in the A November uburn IN area don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Hall of Fame museum.  Follow the link below to check out their website.

In the fall each year the Black Stallion team heads to the Olympic Stadium to compete in Chris Arel Motorsports Monster Spectacular.   We were only able to send Higher Education to this event this year as Mike was heading south to Orlando FL. to put the Safety-Kleen Black Stallion on display in the tradeshow.  Mike normally attends this event every year but this time he took the Stallion along with him.   Michael Vaters and the entire Black Stallion racing team appreciate all the help that our sponsors give us but is nice to attend an event like this each year to touch base with our sponsors face to face.    The Safety-Kleen Black Stallion is such a hit at the PRI with attendees and exhibitors that Mike has decided to take it to the  International Motorsports Industry show in Indianapolis next weekend. 

Mike is on the board of directors of the the Monster Truck Racing Association MTRA .  The MTRA is having their annual  banquet and awards  ceremony.  Jimmy Tracey who dirives Higher Education has been nominated for Rookie of the wish him good luck. 

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Safety-Kleen came to service their equipment at the shop and we took the opportunity to get a photo of one of their trucks at the shop with our trucks.

Wilkes Barre & Nazareth PA – Safety-Kleen Displays

Oct 18-19, 2011

The team dusted off the Safety-Kleen Black Stallion for two displays for Safety-Kleen in PA.  The truck was on display in Wilkes Barre PA at Motor World on October 18.  The next day it was put on display at Daub Ford in Nazareth PA.  Jimmy signed autographs for spectators and had his picture taken with onlookers.  


Monkton MD – Hereford Fall Festival

Oct 15-16, 2011

Higher Education was on display and entertained the crowd with a car crush exhibition at the annual Hereford Fall Festival. 


New Barachois NB CAN – Centre for Speed

Sept 25, 2011

Black Stallion, Higher Education, Bounty Hunter and Crustation were race ready at the Centre for Speed in New Barachois NB.  In round one racing Jimmy Tracey in Higher Education lost to Crustation.  Black Stallion beat Bounty Hunter.  In the finals Michael Vaters in the all Ford Powered Black Stallion beat Crustation for the racing win. Bounty Hunter took the wheelie win with his vertical sky wheelie.  Freestyle competition was fierce and furious.  It came down to two trucks Higher Education and Bounty Hunter in the crowd cheer off.  Bounty Hunter was chosen by a close margin. 


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Ottawa ON CAN – Capital City Speedway
September 10, 2011

The race team traveled across the border into Canada to the Capital City Speedway in Ottawa.  Black Stallion and Higher Education competed in a grudge match race best two out of three.  Vaters behind the wheel of the Black Stallion won all three races beating teammate Jimmy Tracey.  Vaters piloted the Black Stallion in a sweep of wins taking the wheelie and freestyle wins by crowd cheer off.

Englishtown NJ – Raceway Park

Sept 17, 2011

The Stallion and Bus returned to Raceway Park for their US Truckin Diesel Nationals.  Over 15,000 people attended the event.  Michael Vaters in the all Ford Powered K&N Black Stallion worked his way through the racing rounds to the semi-finals but lost to Maximum Destruction.  Jimmy Tracey in Higher Education on a hot streak raced his way to the finals against Grave Digger  and beat the champion to take the racing trophy.  Freestyle action was wild and crazy with Max D redeeming himself from racing to take the win with Black Stallion and Higher Education coming in as close runner-ups.

Higher Education’s victory over Grave Digger the Legend.....


Baltimore MD – Capitol Building Supply

September 16, 2011

One of our most supportive and local sponsors Capitol Building Supply has the Black Stallion exhibit for their customers at their annual open house.  This year Higher Education accompanied the Black Stallion for the display and car crush instead of Iron Warrior.  The team met a lot of loyal customers and vendors and had a great day showing off a little in the trucks. 



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October 7, 1938 - December 15, 2011

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