The Stand

Most stands in Thunder Valley are made to be broken down and stored at the end of the season.  Every June stands are hauled out of garages and backyards, cobwebs are brushed off, and they are pieced back together.  All to be dutifully broken down a month later, or suffer the wrath of the seasonal floods.  Building something once is a thing of joy.  Tearing down and rebuilding many times is a thing of pain.  Inspired by stand building visionaries like Curtis Dupuis and  Maynard Star, we dreamt of  a permanent structure we could trailer off at the end of the season.  No more hassle.  Easy as could be… Right?  It has been a learning process to say the least.  There was a good bit of carnage the first time we tried to move it.  We bought a 14′ flatbed trailer for the first attempt.  Then promptly sold a 14′ flatbed trailer when reality came crashing down in the form of a 4,000 lb fireworks stand we had tried to jack up to the 18″ deck height of the trailer!  No one got injured, although it did bend and ruin one of the steel high-lift jacks we were using, and Selena had to exhibit some fancy footwork to get clear of it.  Our hand was forced.  We had built a stand that couldn’t be taken apart, so we had to figure out how to move this beast.  We ended up getting a custom 20′, drop axle, double axle, wide load trailer fabricated by Topnotch Trailers in Grand Mound.  It is beautiful.  It is glossy black.  It is so big you need to get a wide load permit from the DOT to take it on the open road.  It is also 2 inches skinnier than the outside dimension of the stand…  I had given them the wrong measurement.  I had the trailer fabricated too small.  This all became clear to me at the end of July  ’09 in one of the most brutal heat waves to hit Washington in years.  It was 110 degrees in thunder valley that day.  I had a bit of what might be termed, a break down.  Thankfully Selena convinced me there would be no burning down of the stand that day.  Instead we put that sucker on Blocks and cut a 3 inch by 2 foot notch out of the backside.  Now she rests comfortably on that mighty trailer and the BombShelter is mobile.

–Matt Kearney

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