About Black Stallion
Black Stallion is a monster truck that currently races on the USHRA circuit.
Created in 1982, the truck was originally a stock 1982 Ford F350 back in 1982.
Michael Vaters has always been the owner and modificator, and he is known for
his long experience in monster jam, with over 30 years of experience. The first
modification to the truck was a homemade 12" lift kit. Mike later added 66"
terra tires, a Ford 460 engine, two sunroofs, an alpine stereo system, and
Rockwell 5 ton top loaders. Between 1990 and 1991, Vaters replaced the leaf
springs with airbags and the old heavy split ring rims to lightweight one piece
rims to be more competitive. He added king shocks to the truck after a rollover
in Bloomsburg, PA in 1991, and later added coil springs in 1992. He also removed
the airbags when he added the coil springs. He has competed in the Thunder
Nationals before and has won several championships in the event.
In 1993, Mike created and built the truck "Boogey Van", which was driven by his
wife, Pam Vaters. In 1996, Mike built a new truck for the 1996 season called
Black Stallion 2000.
Black Stallion has been featured in quite a few video games. The Black Stallion
2000 has been featured in the games "Monster Truck Madness 2" and "Monster Truck
Madness 64" in the 1990's. He was also featured in the video game "Monster Jam:
Urban Assault" in the 2000's.
World Finals Appearances
Black Stallion has competed in a total of five Monster Jam World Finals events
(2001,2002,2003,2005, and 2008).
At World Finals II in 2001, Mike competed in the Black Stallion 2000, going
doing in the first round of racing against Wolverine, and getting 8th in
freestyle with a score of 30. At World Finals III in 2002, Mike went down in the
first round of racing again against Grave Digger #14, and got 5th in freestyle
with a score of 32. At World Finals IV in 2003, Mike once again went down in the
first round of racing against Gun Slinger, and got 5th in freestyle with a score
of 30. At World Finals VI in 2005, Mike, once again, went down in round one of
racing against Destroyer, and got 4th in freestyle with a score of 27. At his
last World Finals appearance at World Finals IX in 2008, Mike beat El Toro Loco
in round one of racing, but went down against Air Force Afterburner in round
two. He got 10th in freestyle with a score of 25.