The Allen Report: Monster Truck Show – Del Mar, CA 2015

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we travel back to the San Diego County Fair, a place that, for one hundred years, has delivered on fun rides, great food and exciting entertainment. And on the first, second and third of July, the entertainment was in the Del Mar Arena, where seven ground pounding monster trucks arrived to do battle in wheelie contest the first day, freestyle the second and, on the third day, qualifying in the afternoon and racing in the evening. The husband and wife team of Jim and Dawn Creten came to town, Jim in his sleek new black and yellow Bounty Hunter and Dawn in her traditional Scarlet Bandit. The “Flying Spaniard” Tony Canedo drove his newly purchased Survivor and Roger Stidell, as usual, piloted the trophy truck bodied Destroyer. The father-daughter team of Kelvin and Rosalee Ramer were in the house to defend their southern California home turf, Kelvin in his 1934 Ford Coupe Time Flys and Rosalee in her usual Wild Flower. Finally, Rick Swanson and his crowd-amazing Wrongway Rick arrived.

On the first day, the wheelie competition was heated. Rosalee Ramer showed how far she has come in only three years of competition with almost perfect verticality and great distance. Not to be outdone, her father Kelvin managed to get his monster on its back tires incredibly well, going vertical more than once. But Jim Creten had his wheelies down pat, often coasting mid-wheelie and not wasting any time. A perfect score of thirty saw Jim Creten take the afternoon show win. Only a few hours later, the crowd was back in the arena and so were the monsters. The Wild Flower driver gave admirable efforts, successfully going vertical on a couple occasions. But Jim Creten was unstoppable, shoving his wheelie bar deep into the dirt, not letting off the gas and delivering fantastic distance to get the double victory.

The second day saw high flying freestyle. Rick Swanson proved the namesake of his truck by getting good air, established great flow from one jump to the next, and, as always, finished off his run with some great donuts. Or reverse donuts, depending on which way he was going. Tony Canedo gave honorable attempts in Survivor’s freestyle run, but numerous teething problems hindered the trucks performance, and it showed on the judges’ scorecards. But Jim and Bounty Hunter are former World Champions, and they threw down. Cyclones, big air, great wheelies, you name it, Jim Creten did it. Even though his streak of perfect scores came to an end, it was still high enough to get the double victory.

During first show qualifying on the third and final day, Rosalee Ramer had officials looking at their stopwatches in amazement as she clocked in an incredible 13.40 seconds on the roundy-round course. Even Jim Creten and Bounty Hunter couldn’t overtake the multitalented eighteen year old, just more than one tenth of a second off the fastest time. With an odd numbered field, it was decided that Bounty Hunter would get a bye into the final round where the winner of a standard four truck bracket would face him. With the chance to face the winner from the past two straight days on the line, Rosalee Ramer and Dawn Creten faced off in an all female semi-final. In the first turn, Rosalee rolled hard into the freestyle ramp. Only the truck was damaged in the rollover and Rosalee was A-OK. Spectacular as it was, Dawn Creten won by default and with it the right to face her husband for the championship. The black and yellow Bounty Hunter crossed the finish line first, but WGAS officials concluded that Jim hit the second ramp with only one tire, costing him the race and the clean sweep. The overall Racing victory went to Dawn Creten, in only her third set of shows since April of this year, proving that the unbelievable horsepower extends to all members of Team 2Xtreme.

The crowd was also treated to Mini Dwarf car and Junior Outlaw Sprint car racing preceding each set of monster chaos. Numerous attempts to overtake and several close finishes had the crowd on edge from flag to flag more than once. The lack of repeat winners in either class showcased how competitive motor racing is, no matter the size of car.

And that’s a wrap from us here in Del Mar, as we next head north of Los Angeles to Pomona, where Fourth of July fireworks, backflipping freestyle motocross, even more monster action and a brand new stunt await us. That said, thank you for reading, a sincere thanks to John Borba and WGAS Motorsports for having us, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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The Allen Report: Off Road Racing & Monster Trucks – Chandler, AZ 2015

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we make a short trip to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, the former Firebird Raceway, which for over thirty years answered the call to fans of nearly every motorsport from drag racing on asphalt and water to off road racing and yes, monster trucks. Two of the biggest monster truck names in the state were on hand to provide exciting intermission entertainment between races at the sixth round of the Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Racing Series of Arizona. Sam Sturges came with his classic green and black 1940s Panel Wagon Unnamed & Untamed and right behind him was former Team 2Xtreme and Bad Habit Racing crew member Ben “Bobo” Winslow driving the famous blue and yellow of Nasty Boy.

With the freestyle track consisting of only two construction barriers, one of which was on top of the front straightaway, race track jumps and two junked vans, the drivers had the rare challenge of giving a good show with very little to work with. However, the monster pilots stepped up and had the fans cheering every time.

The first of three rounds of freestyle was essentially a game of “Follow the Leader”, with both trucks hitting every obstacle right after the other. Nasty Boy pulled off wheelies that have made the truck famous in the state of Arizona, much to the crowd’s delight. The man known as “Wildman Sam” often went perfectly vertical going down the frontstretch jump after hitting the construction barriers. In the second round, both monster vehicles went their separate ways, both getting excellent wheelstands and Unnamed even did some donuts to keep the crowd excited. Not to be outdone, Nasty Boy used the lane divider of the Off Road course as a wheelie bump. In the third and final round, both beasts had the crowd cheering on and on as both kept trying to upstage each other any way they could. Both gave great attempts at crushing the two side by side vans, but thanks to internal roll cages the vans held up surprisingly well despite the ten thousand pounds rolling over them. Still, even that couldn’t stop the crowd from cheering on and on as the drivers parked their machines nose to nose as a farewell to the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park fans.

When not enjoying the monster action, the big crowd on hand witnessed a variety of feature races of various off road classes from side-by-sides to trophy karts, many of which showcased heavy contact, multiple intense attempts to overtake and, in one case, a finish decided by a matter of inches. Also, the American Thunder monster ride truck was on the grounds ready to give the ride of a lifetime to any who wanted. Well, we at “The Allen Report” are about to settle down for a time before packing up again on the 4th of July weekend, bound for the always fun San Diego County Fair on the shores of Del Mar, California. That being said, thank you for reading, an sincere thanks to Ron Leach for giving us another good show close to home, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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The Allen Report: Monster Truck Show – Puyallup, WA 2015

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on The Allen Report, we make our way to Puyallup, Washington with the bright lights of Seattle not far away – a city known globally for its coffee, Pike Place Market and no shortage of sporting excitement. On this night, the excitement was in the Washington State Fairgrounds, where a sold out crowd packed the grandstands to watch roundy-round style racing and hot, car crunching freestyle. The trucks and drivers arriving to do battle were headlined by former World Freestyle Champ Jimmy Creten in his traditional Bounty Hunter Yellow. Teammate Russell Steeley was right behind in the new Knucklehead, the official monster truck of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch. From just down the road in Watsonville, California was the father and daughter team of Kelvin and Rosalee Ramer, Kelvin in his usual Time Flys and Rosalee continuing to establish her own identity in Wild Flower. Twins Travis and Tyler Groth stepped up for the home state crowd with Travis piloting Trouble Maker, a truck brand new for this season and Tyler in his bright green Double Trouble. Roger Stidell had double duty tonight as not only did he drive Destroyer in racing but Tony Canedo’s new truck Enforcer in freestyle as well. Tony himself drove Play N’ 4 Keeps as well as his third truck Survivor, having recently bought it from Chuck Jordan. In a rare moment in the sport, there was no dirt on the performance floor, making things interesting for all competitors. With that, the battle began.

In side by side racing, Bounty Hunter and Time Flys got off to fast starts, handily dispensing their respective opponents. In the final quarter final race, Destroyer got the best of his home state rival, Double Trouble. In the heavyweight side of the semi-finals, Kelvin Ramer did not hold back but Bounty Hunter was spot on in the turns and low over the straightaway cars, entering the final round. Trouble Maker beat Destroyer to the finish line, avenging his brother’s loss to get a chance against the former World Champion in the finals. The race for all the marbles was one to remember. Halfway home, Bounty Hunter’s lead was not so clear cut anymore. The final jump was too close to call. WGAS officials reviewed the video several times. To rather mixed reaction from the audience, Jimmy Creten was declared the winner by the slimmest margin. But the ultimate excitement of monster truck freestyle was still to come.

Travis Groth and Russell Steeley set the bar early with scores of 26 out of a possible 30. Double Trouble gave the capacity crowd a reason to cheer with a spectacular cartwheel crash after hitting the race lane ramp way off center. Tyler was okay, but no score was given due to finishing his run early. Rosalee Ramer showcased what she could do with very good air, smoke blowing cyclones and continuing on despite a blown right front tire. The judges rewarded her efforts with a perfect score. To ensure there would be only one freestyle winner, the crowd’s applause would be the decision maker in the event of a tie. The second to last competitor was Rosalee’s father in Time Flys, Kelvin threw down the best wheelies of the night and had good air, but he also backed up without hitting anything several times, so he ended up one single point shy of perfection. With only the night’s racing champion left to go, all signs appeared to point to a rare double victory for Jim Creten. But early in his run, an awkward landing bent Bounty Hunter’s four link bar which took out his drive shaft on the very next jump. For safety, event officials shut the truck down. With no score, this meant that Rosalee was declared the event’s freestyle grand champion, which caused the crowd to erupt in applause and cheers. The World’s Youngest Professional Female Monster Truck Driver was ecstatic to receive the win, jumping up and down and waving.

To close the night, a Washington State Fair tradition continued through an epic fireworks show as legendary rock band Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” song played over the stadium loudspeakers. It was a wild night in Puyallup, and we at “The Allen Report” are very confident that the fans got their money’s worth. We are going to take a break now, but we will return to the San Diego County Fair very soon after a year away, and more coverage will follow. Well then, thank you for reading, a special thanks to John Borba and WGAS Motorsports for having us, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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The Allen Report: Monster Truck Show – Phoenix, AZ 2015

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on the Allen Report, we make our way to the Maricopa County Fair, which each year caters to a huge crowd with good food, thrilling rides and
excellent entertainment. On Friday and Sunday of the fair, the big crowd was in the Sanderson Ford Arena for high flying, super fast monster truck action. Tonight’s action would be provided through wheelie contest, roundy-round racing and freestyle. Friday featured Ben “Bobo” Winslow representing Sturges Motorsports in Nasty Boy. Fellow Tucson representatives Rod Wood and McGruff were in the house as well. The father and son team of Rick and Eric Swanson made the trip from California ready to give a show. On Sunday, these four were joined by the other two Sturges monster vehicles, Unnamed & Untamed with “Wildman Sam” Sturges at the controls and good friend Cesar Nunez at the helm of the ’63 Corvette Rat Attack.

On Friday, Nasty Boy and McGruff gave preview freestyle runs to get the crowd pumped up for later action. When the show officially began with wheelie contest, admirable efforts were given by all, but Rod Wood carried a beautiful slap wheelie most of the length of the floor despite little traction to the loudest applause from the crowd.

In side by side racing, officials decreed that not one but two laps would be required to achieve victory. In the heats, Rick Swanson had no trouble against Nasty Boy, punching his ticket to the finals. Son Eric did the same when Rod Wood gave a good race but was just unable to overtake the nineteen year old before the finish line jump. Before the finals, the two runners-up were bound for a third place race. But when mechanical issues prevented McGruff from firing up, the veteran Ben Winslow conserved his truck to make sure he got to the final jump and took third place. In the father and son racing finals, Rick had the lead halfway home but Eric was picking up speed. At the final jump of the bracket, nineteen year old Eric barely pulled out the victory, much to the delight of the audience.

In Freestyle, Nasty Boy soared through the Arizona sky and finally got the wheelies he had been seeking to much positive response from the crowd. Rod Wood was a man on a mission about not being able to race for third place and carried high speed, big air and superb cyclone donuts to put himself in the hunt for the freestyle win. Rick Swanson had had cross thread moves, huge air and great sky wheelies off the construction barriers, attempting to win over the fans. But Eric Swanson shot for the moon, duplicated his father’s sideways moves and put his truck into the spin cycle to the loudest cheers of all to sweep racing and freestyle the first night. With two shows to go on Sunday, the game was far from over.

On the first show Sunday, every driver gave good attempts, but Rod Wood did not rest on his laurels from two nights earlier, taking the second straight wheelie win, going straight up and down and riding it out for most of the arena floor. It wasn’t an easy win though, as Nasty Boy, Rat Attack and Unnamed & Untamed all gave the Tucson native a run for his money.

On to racing, where only one lap, not two, was needed to win. Rick Swanson buried the throttle to the floor to beat Nasty Boy coming to the finish line jump in the first round. He got the biggest air of the weekend, but a slap wheelie sent him into the concrete barriers at the the end of the track, heavily damaging the front differential. When only two trucks remained, Eric Swanson was looking to defend his Racing win streak, but Sam Sturges in Unnamed & Untamed had other ideas. When the checkered flag flew, Eric’s trophy truck monster was was just ahead of his veteran opponent, going two for two in Racing. In freestyle, every driver threw caution to the wind, hoping to get the loudest response from the spectators possible. But once more, the second generation driver Eric Swanson put big air, high speed and dusty cyclones all into the mix to a clapping and cheering crowd, clearly sweeping the Racing and Freestyle again.

In the fair closing show late Sunday, Racing was cut from the program to make room for the filler acts. For freestyle, some of the losing democross cars were made into a seven car jump and two vans were put in place as well to be crushed. In the final wheelie contest, the man behind McGruff picked up where he left off with perfect verticality and superb distance in two of his three tries to sweep wheelies for the weekend. In the final freestyle competition of the Maricopa County Fair, every driver gave it all. Nasty Boy was first to hit the two vans which gave way underneath him, sending him on his side. Driver and former bullfighter Ben Winslow was just fine. Cesar Nunez performed well in the Rat Attack vehicle, hitting every jump with gusto before a blown front tire ended his run early. But the driver behind the wheel of Obsessed was a kid on a mission. Big air over the cars, dirt slinging cyclones and high speed all through the run erased any doubt who the winner was.

The other acts alongside monster trucks were side by side tuff truck racing, which was won by John Davis in vehicle number 1495, an off road style pickup truck. John was actually behind until the final lap, where his opponent started to celebrate his victory one lap too early. And the last man standing democross had the audience both cheering and laughing with intentional spinning out, thunderous contact and vehicles coming down from the jumps on top of opposing cars’ trunks. A timed event, this race went on and on until one car was still running. That car was number 86 with Tim Randall at the wheel.

Well, monster truck fans, we at “The Allen Report” are just getting started with a busy summer and autumn schedule coming up fast and we look forward to keeping you updated from throughout the west coast, among other places. Thank you for reading, a sincere thanks to Zack and Grand Canyon State Promotions for having us, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Estero, FL 2015

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Germain Arena
Location: Estero, Florida
Date: February 6th-7th, 2015
Photographer: Candace Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Black Knight (Tom Dixon), Firestone Bigfoot #18 (Larry Swim), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman) [Read more…]

TMB TV: Monster Sights & Sounds 1.4 – Monster Mania – Winnie, TX 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Mania
Venue: Nutty Jerry’s Outdoor Arena
Location: Winnie, Texas
Date: October 12th, 2014
Videographer: Rajeana Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger – Jim Koehler
Brutus – Brad Allen
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Ice Cream Man – Jimmy Walker
River Rat – Steven Snellen
Xtermigator – Roy Pridgeon

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.NuttyJerrys.com
www.RazinKaneMonsterTrucks.com

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Monster Video: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Southaven, MS 2015

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Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Landers Center
Location: Southaven, MS
Date: January 9th-10th, 2015
Videographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Description

TheMonsterBlog.com crew made the annual trip to Southaven, Mississippi this past weekend to film the season opener of the Toughest Monster Truck Tour for TMB TV’s Original Series. The event featured the kickoff of the BIGFOOT 4×4 40th Anniversary Tour as the team debuted their brand new Summit Bigfoot #21. Defending champion Dan Runte started his title defense against Walking Tall, Over Bored, Snake Bite, Wild Thang and Quad Chaos. While the full episode is still a little ways away as we finish up the 2014 season of TMB TV, check out some highlights, as well as Dan Runte’s winning freestyle from the Saturday night show. Enjoy!
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TMB TV: Monster Sights & Sounds 1.3 – Monster Mania – Winnie, TX 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Mania
Venue: Nutty Jerry’s Outdoor Arena
Location: Winnie, Texas
Date: October 11th, 2014
Videographer: Rajeana Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger – Jim Koehler
Brutus – Brad Allen
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Ice Cream Man – Jimmy Walker
River Rat – Steven Snellen
Xtermigator – Roy Pridgeon

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.NuttyJerrys.com
www.RazinKaneMonsterTrucks.com

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Monster Video: All Star Monster Truck Tour – West Valley City, UT 2015

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Event: All Star Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Maverik Center
Location: West Valley City, Utah
Date: January 2nd-3rd, 2015
Videographer: Maverik Center Staff

Description

Ross Z. Bonar from the TheMonsterBlog.com was on hand announcing for the 2015 All Star Monster Truck Tour event at the Maverik Center this past weekend in West Valley City, Utah. There Rock Star, Wicked, Crusher, Destroyer, California Kid and Maverik Monster Trakker battled it out in three big shows. While we did not have our own video crew on hand, Desi and the amazing Maverik Center media staff was gracious enough to allow us to share some highlights they captured with you here on TMB. Enjoy!
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TMB TV: ActionTracks 5.6 – 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals – Indianapolis, IN 2014

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Episode Information

Event: 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Venue: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: September 19th-21st, 2014
Videographer: Chris Parrish

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger – Jim Koehler
General Tire – Steve Koehler
Lucas Oil Bigfoot #19 – Larry Swim
Mopar Muscle – Mike Miller
Raminator – Mark Hall
Rammunition – Mat Dishman
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte
XDP – Dave Radzierez

Featured Links

www.4WheelJamboree.com
www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.FamilyEvents.com
www.Raminator.com
www.SmokinMonster.com

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Maass Media: Dan Runte 25th Anniversary Photo Gallery

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2014 was Dan Runte’s 25th anniversary with the Bigfoot team and Danny Maass was lucky enough to be at almost every show Dan ran this year. Since the “Best of 2014” Year End Photo Gallery went over so well, here are the 25 best shots of Dan Runte’s 25th anniversary tour! Congrats Dan!
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Monster Truck Throwdown’s “Throw Down for What?” DVD Available NOW

Strap yourself in for a monster truck thrill ride on the Monster Truck Throwdown tour with the all new “Throw Down For What?” DVD! Watch as the limits of man and machine are pushed, with drivers Jim Koehler, Devin Jones, Jamey Garner, Greg Winchenbach, and many more defy gravity, soaring their 10,000-pound mechanical beasts over 40 feet in the air throughout Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana in pursuit of the 2014 Monster Truck Throwdown championship title.

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Our cameras bring you all the high flying Monster Truck Throwdown insanity you can handle, along with behind-the-scenes footage, driver interviews, on-board cameras, and more! You’ll catch a glimpse of the challenges drivers and crews face as they battle against the elements and each other in their quest for glory. Throw Down For What? pushes monster trucks to the next level!

Pre-order your DVD copy today! All pre-orders ship on December 5th! Available now at www.ThrowDownForWhat.com or www.MonsterTruckThrowdown.com!

TMB TV: Monster Sights & Sounds 1.2 – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – West Plains, MO 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds
Location: West Plains, Missouri
Date: August 16th, 2014
Videographer: Rajeana Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Barbarian – Devin Jones
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
River Rat – Steven Snellen
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte
Tail Gator – Doug Noelke
Wild Thang – Doug Charles

Featured Links

www.Barbarian4x4.com
www.BigDawg4x4.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.ToughestMonsterTrucks.com

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Monster Photos: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion – Auburn, IN 2014

Event: 4th Annual International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion
Venue: International Monster Truck Museum @ The American Heritage Village
Location: Auburn, Indiana
Date: November 1st, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Diehl Wilson (Virginia Giant), Jon Breen (Mad Dog II, Stomper Bully), Michael Vaters (Black Stallion), Andy Brass (BIGFOOT), Kirk Dabney (Blue Thunder, Giant) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Bigfoot Open House Spooktacular – Granite City, IL 2014

Event Information

Event: Bigfoot Open House Spooktacular
Venue: Tri-City Speedway
Location: Granite City, Illinois
Date: October 11th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Bigfoot #1 (Bob Chandler), Bigfoot #5 (Rick Long), Firestone Bigfoot #19 (Larry Swim), Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #11 (Kevin Koszala), Summit Bigfoot #18 (Dan Runte), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]