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Higher Education
Higher Education at Hagerstown.jpg
Higher Education circa 2021

Owner

Vaters Motorsports

Driver

Preston Pérez

Body Style

Custom 3/4 Scale Flat-Nosed School Bus

Chassis

Vaters

Engine

557ci A&C Racing Ford Performance

Transmission

FTI Performance 2-Speed Powerglide

Tires

  • 66" Goodyear
  • 66" 2nd Generation BKT

Debut

April 9, 2011

Theme Song

  • "Hot For Teacher" by Van Halen
  • "Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd

Higher Education is a Custom 3/4 Scale Flat-Nosed School Bus owned by Michael Vaters of Vaters Motorsports. It has been driven by many drivers, with its most current being Preston Pérez.

Since the truck's debut at the Monster Spectacular on April 9, 2011, Higher Education has been a fan favorite, primarily due to it being the only school bus-themed monster truck used in competition.

History

Higher Education debuted on April 9, 2011 at that year's Monster Spectacular in Montreal, QC, with Jimmy Tracey behind the wheel. At the time of the truck's debut, the truck originally ran on the former Killer Bee chassis. The truck entered its first full year of competition the following year, and later received a new chassis the year after.

Beginning in 2016, JR Seasock drove Higher Education, sharing driving duties with Tracey. That year would also be Tracey's final year of driving the truck, as he would retire from driving by the end of the season. Beginning the following year, Higher Education was run as Monster Mutt Rottweiler for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. Seasock and the truck, running as Monster Mutt Rottweiler, competed in that year's Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Central. After the series, rookie driver Preston Pérez began driving Higher Education, sharing driving duties with Seasock until his departure from Vaters Motorsports towards the end of the season.

In 2018, Higher Education would again run as Monster Mutt Rottweiler for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series East, with Toxic driver Cory Snyder taking over the driving duties. Afterwards, the truck began running its alter-ego, Taurus, for select shows. Pérez would take over the driving duties until he left Vaters Motorsports in August, and Mike Thompson would take over the driving duties.

In 2019, Higher Education would run as Monster Mutt Rottweiler yet again for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Central, with Snyder again driving.  Afterwards, the truck would continue to run on and off in select shows, alternating with Taurus. Following Thompson's death on August 20, Austin Minton of 2Xtreme Racing would be hired out to drive the truck on select occasions.

In 2020, Pérez would assume full-time driving duties as he would run Higher Education as Monster Mutt Rottweiler for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Central. Higher Education would later make its first Monster Jam appearance since 2018 the following year in Hagerstown, MD.

Video Game Appearances

Trivia

  • Higher Education was inspired by the Cool Bus wheelstander, owned by Vaters' good friend, Ken Nelson.

Gallery

References

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/monster-truck-driver-helps-to-crush-bullying-at-sharon-hill-elementary-school/article_b3e6f0cc-37ee-577b-93ec-65b3c7cca2bc.html

https://www.renderhub.com/creator-3d/monster-truck-school-bus

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