If you dream of a time when the boundaries between truck, grill, bar and entertainment center are shattered, ushering in a new golden era of tailgate for the fans, you are not alone.
There is a man who has realized that dream. He transformed a typical Chevy Silverado into the epicenter of football fanaticism and heartburn. His name is Steve Glor, and he probably annihilated his savings account for the cause of what he named The Carnivore.
"I can't begin to calculate what went into the truck," says Glor. "The hydraulics and screw-drive system that unfolded the bed into a bar was definitely the most time-consuming and costly component."
You read that right. Like a deleted scene out of "Transformers," this truck morphs into an establishment.
Glor estimates that component alone ran about $90,000 to build, including parts and labor. In addition, there are seven TV screens, a satellite dish, two receivers, custom audio, a refrigerated center console, racing wheels and 6 inches of lift. There's also a grill in the front and a large stainless steel FG-100 grill from Freedom Grill on the back. After running through the numbers for improvements and labor, Glor placed the value of the Carnivore at $250,000.
"I wanted to show the world the right way to tailgate with something that would really blow people's minds," Glor says. "My family thought I was crazy and my friends were amazed."
Glor sold the monster to Beringer Vineyards for their annual "Great Steak Challenge" for an undisclosed amount.
"They got a great deal," Glor says. So has mankind, Steve.