January 31, 2006 GarageWorks has unveiled a concept tailgating appliance that bundles everything you need for the ultimate outdoor get-together into a self-contained, portable unit. The GaterPak station houses an assortment of appliances and electronics in a weatherproof cabinet which attaches to a trailer hitch for easy transport to the big game. When unhitched, the unit becomes a piece of useful furniture. We forsee a significant worldwide market for this product beyond the United States where the practice of tailgating is a common – in other parts of the world, this would be the ideal mobile barbeque and picnic accessory. See inside for detail images and movie.
The GaterPak station includes a refrigerator for fresh food and beverage storage, a propane grill and a warming drawer to keep food prepared at home warm until arriving at your destination (or while you are in the stadium). There's a beer tap that allows for dispensing pressurized beverages stored in the refrigerated compartment, as well as a stereo with a CD/DVD player and 7" LCD screen packaged with weatherproof speakers and mounted onto the exterior cabinet. The doors and drawers are clad in the Gladiator(R) GarageWorks signature look of Tread Plate steel. When the GaterPak tailgating station is not being used it can be stored on the floor of a garage or outbuilding -- it also docks conveniently under the Gladiator(R) 6' and 8' modular workbenches.
"Tailgating is a huge part of a lot of people's lives and we wanted to provide a product that would help organize and store all the tailgating supplies in one place," said Todd Starr, director or marketing and new product development for Gladiator(R) GarageWorks. "Right now the GaterPak station is just a concept and people are responding positively to it."
For more information about Gladiator products or to see the GaterPak tailgating station in action, see this WMV video.