Army truck provides unique draw at Aggie tailgate

Saturday, October 16, 2010 | 5:44 p.m. CDT; updated 9:57 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 16, 2010
An army surplus truck customized for tailgating lends to the military atmosphere found on the Texas A&M campus during football games.

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – A quick walk through Kyle Field might leave you thinking you’re at a military academy.

Marching band members are wearing neatly ironed cadet uniforms, not the typical shiny coats and fluffy tall hats.

The crew cut has spread well beyond ROTC students. Having a flat top and bald sides appears to be all the rage.

And no matter which direction you look, someone is doing push-ups.

The camouflage craze continues on campus.

About three minutes away, hundreds of maroon tents are lined up as Aggie fans enjoy their typical kegs and eggs tailgate before Missouri’s early kickoff against Texas A&M.

Meat smokers the size of pick-up trucks leave miles of parking lots and grass fields smelling like authentic barbecue.

It’s Tim Folley and his buddies’ tailgate that attracts the most attention. Sizzling fajita meat and never-ending sausage links bring old friends together. But it’s the Army truck that draws first-timers.

“We bought it at an Army auction,” Folley said. “We got tired of unloading our pickup every weekend, so we thought we should get something to store it in.”

But the Army truck with wheels about the size of a Mini Cooper wasn’t their first choice.

“We actually wanted one of the big missile carriers, but we’d have trouble parking that on campus,” Folley said.

Somehow, they’ve managed to make do. Installing two kegs that conveniently disperse Shiner and Miller Lite on tap from the truck's left side was the primary upgrade.

"People want to take pictures with the vehicles,” Folley’s tailgating partner Barney Fudge said. “That’s kind of fun because a lot of these pretty college coeds like them.”

Throughout the morning dozens of strangers wandered to the truck, grabbing a beer as they passed by.

“It’s all about making your tailgate more unique,” Fudge, a 1969 A&M graduate, said.

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