Virginia Beach Beast
Virginia Beach Beast
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Chevrolet Blazer body, a 1942 M4 Tank Retriever Base
454cubic inch supercharged engine
Virginia Beach, Virginia
OWNER: William Townes of Norfolk, Virginia
VEHICLE: 1977 Chevy Blazer TANK: M-4 personnel carrier from WWII ENGINE: blown 454 cu.in. Chevy CARBURETION: 2 Predators atop a 6-71 blower HORSEPOWER: 1,000 TRANSMISSION:TH400 and the stock one from the M-4 RUNNING GEAR: gear box from the M-4 and rubber padded tracks HEIGHT: 10 feet WEIGHT: 21,000 lbs RECORDS: 1st tank monster built. 1st and 2nd tank roll-over
HISTORY: William was in the process of building a monster truck when he
saw a cartoon in a 1984 OFF-Road magazine. The toon showed a truck body on a
full tank. The turrit was still on the tank. William decided to look for a tank.
When he found one, he sold his monster tires, and military axles, to build the
Beast. Since then the demand has forced him to build several identical Beasts to
This was the first monster truck tank to be built. Many more
later followed. William got the idea for his creation after seeing a cartoon in
a four wheel drive magazine, which showed a truck body with a gun, on a tank
tracks. So he decided to build himself one, without the gun though. The tank
tracks are from a M4 Tank Retriever, which was used in world war 2. The truck can
drive over cars at peculiar angles, which leave the spectators thinking that
the tank will tip over at any minute, but the Virginia Beach Beast is so bottom
heavy, that it can be really slung about over the cars, with no fear of tipping
From the 1988 USHRA event in Anaheim, CA, this is George Cole in Gator taking on
Willie Powers in Virginia Beach Beast. Listen for the loud bang when the two
have a bit too close of an encounter at the end of the race.
2007 All Breeds Jeep Show, York PA
- Bigger and Better than Ever, the 12th annual All
Breeds Jeep Show in York PA proved to be the
best yet in it's 12 years with an incredible
number of Jeeps, vendors, activities, and action
on the course. Enough to get any Jeep
fanatic's blood pumping.
The show was July 21, 22, 2007 Saturday & Sunday
and took place at the York Expo Center - York, PA.
Scenes from the Event.
As we watched this beast crawl up the RTI Ramp, observed the pivot point just behind the cab of the
truck as it worked it's extra flex into a great score for a 118 inch wheelbase
vehicle, we knew we would have to do a page on