Inside Look At The Incredible "Dawg Fanbulance" Inside Look At The Incredible “Dawg Fanbulance”

Inside Look At The Incredible "Dawg Fanbulance"

A photo of Amos' "Fanbulance"

Inside Look At The Incredible "Dawg Fanbulance"

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Inside Look At The Incredible "Dawg Fanbulance"


You may have seen the retired ambulance decked out in Georgia decals heading to or from Athens on I-85 during any given Fall Saturday. Or maybe you recognize the unique Georgia-themed vehicle from outside the university bookstore on a football Saturday, where it parks for tailgates.

It’s called the “Dawg Fanbulance,” and it’s the unique creation of Daniel Amos, a 2008 Georgia graduate who resides in Monroe, North Carolina, just minutes outside of Charlotte.



If you haven’t see the Dawg Fanbulance, that’s understandable too. She’s new to DawgNation, as Amos first introduced her during last season’s  week one game against App State in Athens. Since then, she has not missed a home game, and is put to use during road games, parked outside a Charlotte bar and tailgating with fans.

Amos is not the first to deck out an old vehicle with Georgia accessories and decals, – see the Big Red Georgia Party Bus – but his idea may be one of the more creative ones. With eight speakers, two subwoofers and a big screen TV, the 1996 vehicle was purchased by Amos in Miami.  The incomplete ambulance was sent to North Carolina and outfitted  by Amos over the course of a year.

“Everything that you see inside, I did that,” said Amos. “Those cold nights outside, those were tough.”

Now, Dawg Fanbulance is finished and she really is a sight to see.



Amos built his vehicle with one thing in mind – to bring people together and have a killer tailgate. Not once, he said, did he ever consider trying to monetize the attention the Fanbulance would garner.

“I think the whole point of building it was for people to come out and enjoy it,” he said. “A lot of people told me to make a profit off of it, take it places and try to make money off of it, but that’s just not what I built it for. I built it for us to go out, have a good time, for everybody to congregate around it. I never thought of trying to make money off of it. It’s for tailgating and that’s what I use it for.”

Amos invited me into his ambulance, and there was a certain sense of nostalgia that overtook me when he started playing a UGA-produced hype video spread throughout the surround sound system. A mural of a packed Sanford Stadium at night drew me in, and it was almost as if I could smell the fall air and feel the cool breeze on a brisk October night in Sanford.


The idea came to Amos while in Columbia at the Georgia vs South Carolina game in 2016, the Hurricane Matthew game pushed to Sunday. Amos had been hunting for an RV or an oversized vehicle that would give him enough space to tailgate and turn some heads in the process. While in Columbia, he saw a Gamecock fan using an ambulance to haul tailgate supplies, but it did not feature any South Carolina decals or decorations whatsoever.

You can catch the Amos’s parked near the bookstore on Saturdays in Athens. They made it clear; if you see their Fanbulance, don’t be a stranger. Daniel and his wife are about as welcoming of a couple as you will find. With a showstopper like the Fanbulance, how can you not be?

“We ended up at the bookstore (for tailgates) which is great because we are right there on the corner, so basically everybody on Baxter Street could come by and see us.”

Living in the greater Charlotte area, where a large number of Georgia alumni can be found, Amos says he is stopped constantly while in his vehicle.

“Everybody wants to ask questions; everybody wants to take pictures,” said Amos. “That just makes it fun.”



Though young, Amos has every intention of turning the Dawg Fanbulance into a family tradition to be passed down to coming generations.

“My plan is to keep it going as long as I can. If ever this one were to die out, I’d be looking at another one. At least if the wife would give me permission to do that,” Amos added with a smile.

With DawgNation being no stranger to tradition, it will not be long before the Dawg Fanbulance becomes a fan favorite, recognizable by Georgia students, alumni and followers.

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