During a Bristol NASCAR race in the fall of 2008, Rich Brown, an Appalachian State Alum and avid fan, were tailgating when they noticed all the modified tailgating school buses around them. They saw the potential of having hundreds of fans tailgating around a properly modified vehicle. Rich and his three buddies, who were psychology professors at Appalachian State, came up with the idea of equipping a short school bus into App State’s most fierce tailgating machine. After finding a bus on eBay, which was originally an ice cream short bus (great find!), Rich and his friends began work to modify the bus.