Popular Fan Suggestion "Thunder Bus" Selected As New Name For Fan RV
Bristol Motor Speedway’s newest team member finally has a name thanks to several BMS fans.
Bristol’s ultimate tailgating motorcoach now will be known as “Thunder Bus,” a name suggested by five Bristol fans. Each of those fans will receive a Bristol gift pack and two tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race.
The winning suggestion came from Matthew Neigler of Long Bottom, Ohio; Paul Altman from Youngsville, N.C; Scott Slone of Crestwood, Ky.; Roger Smith of Longwood, Fla. and Kayley Allen from Conway, Ark.
Earlier this year, April and Kelvin Locklear, owners of Mooresville, N.C.- based Outcast Kustoms, transformed a Tom Johnson motorcoach into the ultimate racing road show to allow fans across the country a chance to live the Bristol experience. The entire conversion was captured for an episode of Outcast Kustoms which aired on the Velocity Channel earlier this month.
Thunder Bus was unveiled during the Food City 500 race weekend and will become the hot spot for Bristol supporters at numerous races, sporting events and community activities each year.
Upon first glance, it is obvious Thunder Bus is all things Bristol. The exterior features a collage of memorable moments from both Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway, as well as a replica of Bristol’s flag stand. For cooking up the definitive tailgating meal, this machine is equipped with a fold-out grill to make the most seasoned tailgater jealous.
Two large-screen televisions extend from the motorcoach to giving fans the opportunity to watch the race and play video games on the exterior gaming center at the same time. Outside kiosks also allow fans to buy tickets, sign up to receive Bristol newsletters and learn more about upcoming events.
This “Bristolized” bus continues to impress on the inside, with several exciting features, including a wall of honor with each Sprint Cup Series winner at BMS and an overhauled kitchen designed to resemble a team pit box.
Fans will be able to catch Thunder Bus beginning with this weekend’s racing activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will make various appearances throughout the summer.
The August race week at BMS kicks off Aug. 22 with a doubleheader, which features the Volunteer 200 Camping World Truck Series race and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified event. On tap Aug. 24 is the Food City 250 Nationwide Series race, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup event Aug. 25.