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Monster Truck Action Takes a Break to Help Kids With Cancer

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Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Screamin’ Demon and Black Jack Monster Trucks took time off from competition for a benefit car show in Hagerston, Maryland. Proceeds from the show went to Katie Stains and Josh Forsythe, two area teens with bone cancer.

Monster Truck drivers at cancer benefit for kids in Maryland
Monster Truck drivers at cancer benefit for kids in Maryland

Black Stallion won Wheelie Contest in the City of Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada
Black Stallion won Wheelie Contest in the City of Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada
“Josh was not able to attend,” said Black Stallion’s Michael Vaters. “He was in the hospital at the time. We were able to meet Katie. She is a lovely young lady and we were moved by her strength.” The benefit raised more than $11,000 for the care of the two teens.
Iron Warrior beat Avenger in first round of racing in the Monster Spectacular
Iron Warrior beat Avenger in first round of racing in the Monster Spectacular

Psycho jet 4 wheeler helps Vaters close out final Monster Spectacular
Psycho jet 4 wheeler helps Vaters close out final Monster Spectacular

The benefit was a important break in the Monster Spectacular tour for Vaters. After it was over the Black Stallion owner and driver flew back to Canada where he faced off against the reigning Monster Champion Jim Koehler in Avenger at the Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa. The other competing drivers were Trey Myers in the Iron Warrior, Steve Koehler in Brutus and Steve Hearley in Godzilla.

Vaters took the wheelie competition in the K&N Ford powered Black Stallion. Iron Warrior beat Avenger in the first round of racing, but lost to Godzilla in the next round.

The next stop on the Monster Spectacular tour was the City of Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada. “It was an outdoor event which meant plenty of room to open up the monster trucks,” said Vaters. “The crew put a fresh transmission in the K&N Ford powered Black Stallion and I put it to the ultimate test. I made multiple passes over the car stack and two van stacks in the wheelie competition and won the event.” Vaters also took the freestyle win.

Vaters uses K&N air and oil filters on his Monster trucks. "Over my many years in this business I've used a lot of products, but K&N is the only product that can handle the dirty and dusty environment during Monster Jam competitions," said Vaters. "We are known for our wild and crazy driving and the ability to push our engines to the limit. We are hard on our motors and K&N gives us the protection we need for Monster Jam competition."

In the grand finale, Vaters piloted a Kamikaze jet powered 4-wheeler with a 30,000 rpm jet engine. Vaters blasted the jet into the van and burned it to ashes. This was the way Monster Spectacular closed out its final show.

The Black Stallion team is back in the United States and will do another benefit for the American Cancer Society on June 26 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

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