VIRGINIA BEACH BEAST
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
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 keep up.
I scanned this shot from Michael Benson's book "Monster Trucks". Photography by Mike Bargo.
I scanned this shot from Bill Holder's book "Monstrous Trucks". Photography by Harry Dunn.
I scanned these shots from Michael Benson's book "Monster Trucks". Photography by Mike Bargo.
I scanned these pictures from Magazines that I purchased.
This is a picture from Richard Scott
Steve Hurt sent these shots.
These shots were captured from a Chicago 1987 show. Chick for show.
These shots were captured from an Anaheim 1988 show. Chick for show.
These shots were captured from a show in Minneapolis 1989. Click for show.
Matt Hall bought and is starting to restore the VBB. Here are some of his pictures of the current condition of the Trank.
I built this truck for MTM2.