Monster Trucks ready to rock the ‘Bowl

Monster Trucks ready to rock the ‘Bowl

WATERFORD — Mike Vaters Sr., a 37-year veteran of Monster Truck activity, said he’s looking forward to Sunday’s visit to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

“We are going to rock the house,” he said.

The two Monster Trucks that will be in attendance, Higher Education and Overkill Evolution, probably will be rocking more than just the house — expect the ground also to start shaking.

“Higher Education is the only Monster school bus that competes in racing,” Vaters Sr. said. “It will be driven by Preston Perez.

“Overkill Evolution, driven by Michael Vaters II, is the 2015 world champion. He also won the Young Guns event in Las Vegas in 2014, so he has back-to-back world titles.”

Vaters II said the trucks will be involved in two segments.

“The first time we’re out, we’ll be doing wheel competition,” Vaters Sr. said, “Wheelies, traveling on two wheels, things like that.

“Then when we come out for the second time, it will be freestyle. It will be huge. Pretty much anything goes.

“There will be big air, long jumps, Wheelies. And you could possibly see a truck roll over, but not on purpose.”

There will also be Quad Wars — New York vs, Massachusetts.

“That interstate rivalry is always great,” Vaters Sr. said. “We are expecting quite a night.”

In addition to the Monster Trucks, three Enduros will be held — a Pro Enduro, a Full-Size Enduro and a Compact/Mid-Size Enduro. A popular Ski Race will open the festivities and there also will be Power Wheels and Big Wheel races for the kids.

The grandstands open Sunday at 3 p.m. and the action takes place at 5 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for youths 13-16 and $5 for children 12 and under. Senior admission is $22 and military members will be admitted for $20.

The Monster Trucks, however, will be the crown jewel of the day’s activity.

Vaters Sr. is the head of Vaters Motorsports that promotes Monster Truck events all over the country.

“We ‘re at the Essex County Fair Thursday and then we’re in Greenfield, Mass. on Saturday,” Vaters Sr. said. “And then we’re headed for Waterford. We’ve been there before, so we are getting pumped up.”

The Speedbowl house is waiting to be rocked.

Press release from New London-Waterford Speedbowl

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