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.
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Although the thought of buying and building a tailgate vehicle may seem absurd to some (Although, I'm not sure who!), it can seem like a worthwhile expense in the quest for the world's greatest tailgate party. However, shopping for a vehicle that will strictly be used to tailgate before games is a bit different from buying your standard Honda Civic. Below are a couple points to consider when shopping and planning for the mega-beast of tailgating:
1. Plan out everything you want in a Tailgating Machine First.
Some people want a big outdoor deck while others want the most indoor space as possible. Some groups like roof racks while others are not so fond. Some groups want to sleep in the vehicle on roadtrips while others prefer not to take it on road trips at all. All of these minor decisions need to be discussed before making the leap of actually buying a vehicle. Make sure that the vehicle your buying to modify can accommodate for all of your group's tailgating needs.
After seven years of constructing state-of-the-art tailgating vehicles, Creative Mobile Interiors finally has its own tailgate rig dubbed, The Buckeye Bullet. The party bus started off as a 1999 El Dorado Shuttle Bus, and is decorated in Buckeye paraphernalia from head to toe.
Inside, the tailgate bus is equipped with plenty of LCD’s including a 15” TV in the restroom. All the TV’s are hooked up to the mobile satellite dish providing entertainment throughout. A large scarlet and gray U lounge with either an extra seat or a cocktail table supplies plenty of seating for elaborate tailgating events.
What started off as a group of six tailgaters has ballooned into weekly crowds of 40 to 60 loyal Raven fans. Bill Crochunis (Founding Father) and his sons Nate and Mike, were among the core group that started this whole thing back when the NFL finally returned to Baltimore. Many in the group attribute the success of their tailgate swarm to a bus they purchased way back in October of 2001.
The Hawx Box, a 1987 Ford E350 Short Bus originally used by the Toppenish School District, was purchased after some loyal Seattle Seahawks fans saw it on Craig’s List, and knew the absolute potential. Those loyal Seattle Seahawk fans, also known as Loren Ellingson, Garth Conner, Tim Scheuffele and Dan Bruhn, took about 7 months to turn this jalopy bus with wheel chair lift and all into what is now known as The Hawx Box.
Below is a collection of Philadelphia Eagles tailgate vehicles, which was sent to us by one of our readers. We certainly have great respect for the tailgating prowess of Eagle fans and their custom tailgate vehicles.
Justin believes he is quite possibly Northern Illinois University's Football Team's biggest fan, and who are we to doubt him. After all, he has constructed not one but two tailgate fan vehicles, and has not missed a single game since the Silicon Valley Bowl game in 2004! Justin started things off simple. Like most fans, he began by flying flags off his car, he even added an actual NIU helmet to the top of the flagpoles. But unlike most fan and like us super fans, he felt he could do more. That was when the Huskie Mobile was born.
Headed for its sixth season of service, the Purdue Short Bus has become a tailgating legend in front of Ross-Ade Stadium. The bus was originally purchased in June of 2004, after its founding members discovered the perfect fit during an online search. After seeing some early action serving as a wedding party transporter for one of its members, the Tailgate Short Bus faced its first days of service during the 2004 Purdue Football Season.
During its transformation, the short bus was first professionally painted black before gold accents were added to the outside. The back two rows of seats were cleared, and green astro turf was installed to make room for all those tailgate goodies. The dash also recieved a fresh coat of paint as it was painted black to match the outside. Also, a cd player and speakers were added to created the perfect tailgating atmosphere!
The Cleveland Browns Bus was an idea concocted back in 2006 by Tim, "The Tech Guru," and Jay, "The Old Man." After a visit to an Ohio State Buckeye's game back in 2006, they knew they had a mission to fulfill which was to design and develop their ultimate tailgating machine!
Two weeks later Jay surprised Tim with the purchase of an old yellow short bus. Without wasting a day they stripped the seats from the bus, added cabinets, installed a stereo, and hooked up a TV. No more having to scoot 6 vehicles down the highway to the stadium every Sunday.
Although the thought of buying a tailgate machine may seem absurd to some (I don't know who either), it can seem like a worthwhile expense in the quest for the world's greatest tailgate. However, shopping for a vehicle that will strictly be used to stuff as many of your friends (and attach a couch to the top) is a bit different from buying your standard Honda Civic. Below are a couple points to consider when shopping for the mega-beast of tailgating: