(June 28, 2019) At 12 feet tall and 11 feet wide, Jolly Roger Amusement Park’s newest attraction, the Shaker, was designed to be imposing—the wheels alone are taller than the average American woman.
The idea for the Shaker was born around three years ago when Rick Disharoon, owner of the Metal Shop and former monster truck performer, contacted Jolly Roger owner Charles “Buddy” Jenkins after the death of Disharoon’s father.
“My father had a working relationship with Mr. Jenkins and Mike Jones,” Disharoon said. “We’re one-of-a-kind and [Jolly Roger is] one-of-kind, so we put the two together and we got something really cool back here.”
The Metal Shop, a motorsport customization business based in Delmar, Delaware, created the Shaker using the body of a 1971 AM General, aka the “Deuce and a Half,” which was used during the Vietnam War.
The truck’s Vietnam theme is shared with the Metal Shop’s most famous monster truck, the Saigon Shaker. Disharoon’s son, Ryan, drives the Saigon Shaker professionally, and has performed in the NFL of monster truck driving, Monster Jam.
While the two are different entities, Dean Langrall, Jolly Roger director of sales and marketing, called the ride the Saigon Shaker’s “little brother.”
The ride will not include the high-risk aerial acts typical of a Monster Jam extravaganza, but it will give riders a spike of adrenaline unique to monster truck racing.
“I think it is part of what we always do,” Jenkins said. “We always try to keep up with modern times, and we never stop looking for new things. This is ideal for SpeedWorld.”
After Disharoon cut the ribbon on Tuesday to officially open the ride, invited guests, which included children and Ocean City council members, got to take the Shaker for a spin as Disharoon manned the wheel.
As soon as the riders were strapped in, the truck took off and dust flew into the air as Disharoon made sharp turns around the racetrack to the thrill of the riders.
Madalaine How, a guest present at the ceremony, couldn’t tell if her grandkids were screaming for joy, or if they were screaming in terror, but overall they had fun and enjoyed the ride.
“It was great. It was very shaky,” How’s grandson, Wyatt Hallon, 9, said.
While the Shaker is the first monster truck to find its home at Jolly Roger on 30th Street, it will not be the last.
“We’re in the process of building a Saigon Shaker ride truck that’s also going to be here later this year,” Disharoon said.
For more information, visit https://jollyrogerpark.com or call 410-289-3477. Jolly Roger Park is comprised of SpeedWorld, Splash Mountain, Jolly Roger Mini Golf, Jolly Roger at 30th Street and Jolly Roger at the Pier.