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Monster trucks roar into Airborne

May 24, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

PLATTSBURGH -Airborne Speedway will host two separate admission monster truck events Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Anyone who has spent time on a school bus, or enjoys witnessing raw horsepower under control, will be entertained.

The monster truck lineup is headlined by the Avenger, a two-time Monster Jam Freestyle World Champion. Driven by Jim Koehler, Avenger features a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air body, stands 10 feet tall, weighs 9,500 lbs and is powered by a blown 575 Chevrolet Big Block engine that puts out 1,800 HP.

The "Higher Education" monster truck has been a favorite of kids of all ages since its creation by Mike Vaters, a seven-time United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) Thunder Nationals champion, a six-time Canadian Monster Spectacular champion and the 2010 and 2011 Monster Truck Promoter of the Year.

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The “Higher Education” monster truck will head a field that includes two-time Monster Jam Freestyle champion, the Avenger, Sunday at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh.
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"Everybody has experienced a school bus one way or another," Vaters said. "The Cool Bus is handcrafted at three-fourths scale. It has a Ford Big Block 540 C.I. engine and a flat nose. You wouldn't think it would fly, but it sure can."

Other confirmed entries for the monster truck competition, presented by Precision Auto Collision, Pepsi, Della Auto Group and ETS Staffing Inc. are the Black Stallion, Iron Warrior and Brutus.

The monster truck event includes an Extreme FMX rider jumping 60-foot gaps in the air from steel ramp to ramp, Supercross Motorcycle jumps and a Jet 4-Wheeler powered by a GE T-58-3 jet propulsion engine that produces 25-foot flames. The powerful jet thrust engine will burn a junk car to the ground.

Admission for adults is $17, with kids ages 6 to 12 for $5 and ages 5 and under admitted free. Fans with ticket stubs from Saturday night's stock car races receive $2 off per ticket. No advance ticket sales. Gates open at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The evening performance includes a fireworks display. Additional information is available at and



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