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Hop aboard a 30-foot food truck at Food Truck Friday

The Kansas City Star

Have you ever wondered what a food truck looks and feels like from the inside?

Then head on over to The Star’s Food Truck Friday on Friday, June 6, for a free tour of a custom barbecue truck by Mag Specialty Trucks in Liberty.

The company’s owners, Brad Carlson and Blake Fulton, childhood best friends in Kearney, created the business from their college dorm rooms. Today their biggest client is FedEx, but a surplus of box trucks and a growing interest in mobile catering have allowed them to branch out into custom-designed food trucks.

Most of the company’s specialty truck work comes from out of state, but one of its biggest and baddest designs to date is a street-worthy homage to Oklahoma Joe’s Z-Man character. The eye-popping 33-foot Z-Man Truck, sports bold, superhero comic graphics on the outside and a precise layout inside to accommodate the equipment needed to make the iconic sandwich.

Mag Specialty recently finished another custom truck for Mark’s Feed Store, a barbecue chain in Louisville. The 30-foot-truck with plenty of bells and whistles created a buzz when they showed their design off at the National Restaurant Association’s Show in Chicago in May. “It’s a top-end unit that other restauranteurs got a real kick out of,” Fulton says.

The Mark’s Feed Store truck will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. at the corner of 18th & McGee.