TMB TV: MT Unlimited 7.5 – Monster Truck Nationals – Hoffman Estates, IL 2016

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: Sears Centre Arena
Location: Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Date: March 4th-5th, 2016
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Bigfoot #19 – Darron Schnell
Raminator – Mark Hall
Rammunition – Dale Benear
Snake Bite – Vinny Venom
Tail Gator – Doug Noelke

Featured Links

www.BigDawg4x4.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.FamilyEvents.com
www.MonsterTruckNationals.com
www.Raminator.com

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Monster Truck Throwdown Presents “JOYRIDE”, New Monster Truck Film Coming Fall 2016

ATTICA, INDIANA – June 2, 2016 – After rave reviews of 2014’s film “Throw Down For What?” the Michigan based Monster Truck Throwdown Team plans to release a new film titled “JOYRIDE” – available in both hard copy and digital release in the late Fall of 2016.

“JOYRIDE” will feature unique filming locations such as the Badland Off Road Park, the woods of Maine, and salvage yards and gravel pits throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, and Alberta.

“We want to depict monster trucks how we vision them. Outside of the track and into the elements,” stated Monster Truck Throwdown Executive Producer, Elliott Miller. “The planning stage has truly been a team effort with the visions of many. We’re excited to bring monster trucks to life and into people’s homes to be enjoyed, over and over again.” he added.

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“JOYRIDE” will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Jim Koehler and Avenger with never before seen footage from the personal collection of the Koehler Family along with some very rare nostalgic monster truck action from the early 90’s, courtesy of Perrin Motorsports.

“We’re looking forward to capturing the action with truly spectacular views using new techniques to bring our viewers a whole new look at the (monster truck) industry.” said Director of Cinematography, Kyle Carr.

Filming has started this week in Indiana. Look for more information to be released on “JOYRIDE” in the coming months.

About Monster Truck Throwdown:

Monster Truck Throwdown is a live event series which tours the United States and Canada producing premier outdoor events while delivering the larger than life entertainment of monster trucks in a safe, first-class, family event experience.
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Monster Photos: 4-Wheel Jambore Nationals – Lima, OH 2016

Event Information

Event: 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Venue: Allen County Fairgrounds
Location: Lima, Ohio
Date: January 15th-16th, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

General Tire (Dale Benear), Lucas Oil Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Tail Gator (Doug Noelke), Venom (Denver Echternkamp) [Read more…]

The Allen Report: Budweiser Monster Truck Spring Nationals – Turlock, CA 2016

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

“The Allen Report” is back and we return to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, California, this time in the month of May for the popular Budweiser Monster Truck Spring Nationals. Turlock is a relaxed, peaceful town where the biggest disturbance is normally the frequent freight train. However, there was some additional noise in the air on Friday and Saturday night where seven high flying, car smashing monster trucks arrived to do battle in bus munching, donut spinning freestyle.

Making the trip from Tonganoxie, Kansas were Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter. Popular hometown driver Russell Steeley stepped up to drive team truck Iron Outlaw for the final time so he could give his pulling truck his sole attention in the near future. From just down the road in Menifee, California, were the father/son duo of Rick and Eric Swanson. Former Monster Jam Young Guns Shootout competitor Eric was behind the wheel of his pickup bodied Obsessed and Rick continued his 20th anniversary of professional monster trucking in his breathtaking Obsession, complete with a film strip featuring just a fraction of his numerous TV and commercial appearances running down either side. Rounding out the field was Tony Canedo, who brought all three of his trucks, ready to give a good show to the crowd. David Tucker would take the wheel of Survivor and Jeff Souza would pilot Enforcer while Tony himself stuck to his usual Play ‘N for Keeps.

With two buses to crush, a van stack at the arena entry, two great spaces for getting into the spin cycle and several tuff truck jumps to get the monsters off the ground, there was no room for error and every freestyle point would count. As the huge crowd filed in for the pre-show autograph session and the show on Friday night, the drivers could feel the pressure.

First truck out was Jeff Souza and Enforcer who immediately got huge air over the bus stack. Obsession with Rick Swanson at the wheel came out next, got good air and great donuts. The third truck in the order was Survivor, and the iconic Pacific Northwest name under new ownership put together a great run, clearing the tuff truck jumps and doing a nosedive over the bus that saw driver David Tucker just barely bring it back down onto all fours. Next in line was Iron Outlaw, who cleared the entire bus stack completely, kept the speed up the whole run and did some lightning fast cyclones as Russ Steeley finished up his second to last ever run in a monster truck. His effort rewarded him with a score of 86 with 100 being perfection. Truck after truck came after him but it wasn’t until the last truck in line and former World Champion hit the floor. Jimmy Creten matched Russell jump for jump, but carried several great wheelies across the fairgrounds floor to take the lead and the Friday night victory.

The second and final night of monster truck competition saw a big crowd and bigger efforts by every monster pilot in the field. However, the end of the night came a little too soon for the first truck out Enforcer. Coming down from the van stack awkwardly, the 1990s West Coast monster legend in its new form blew the left front tire. Jeff Souza wasn’t hurt, however, and that was the closest to a major incident the whole night. In his last ever appearance behind the wheel of a monster vehicle, hometown hitter Russell Steeley gave huge air over the bus, and an admirable wheelie attempt to put him back in the lead with the championship in sight. The young rising star Eric Swanson pushed his machine to its limit, clearing the bus stack both ways and turning in his family’s usual great donuts to get the crowd screaming. Last out was the only driver who could earn back to back titles. Jimmy Creten gave everything the fans wanted; big air, wheelies and donuts. It was not an unrewarded attempt either as the second perfect score in as many nights garnered Bounty Hunter the double victory. Both the 2Xtreme drivers were interviewed for the crowd and were thankful to the fans for showing up to support them.

In other race action, Jeff Souza’s son Hunter, Lee Plato’s son Shane and Corbin Shockey practiced for the big leagues with the Wrecking Machine, Skull Krusher and Monster Buddy mini monsters, respectively. Also there was one at a time, vehicle against timed tuff truck racing which saw the crowd cheering the reckless drivers and booing the cautious ones. One of the tuff truck participants was former Mike Welch Motorsports driver Sammy Baca out of Modesto, CA. Finally, the future of racing was on full display as kids drove Junior Outlaw Sprint and Mini Dwarf racecars on a tight oval around the bus stack with very little room to overtake. This made the racing exciting for all in attendance. During opening ceremonies for both shows, a moment of silence was held for longtime WGAS announcer Lloyd Massey who tragically passed away just days before the Monster Jam World Finals this year.

Okay, now we at “The Allen Report” look to make a return to Longview, Washington, to support Mike Welch Freaks of Freestyle and we do so hoping for better weather this time. In the meantime, thank you for reading, a special thank you to Chelsea Kessler and the entire WGAS crew for having us, enjoy the photos, don’t forget to follow us in real time under the name “Monster Truckin’ with Jim and Chris” on Facebook and Instagram, and cheer on!

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 7.4 – Monster Nation – Beaumont, TX 2016

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: Ford Arena
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Date: February 19th-20th, 2016
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Dawg Pound – Vern House
Dirt Crew – Jerry Beck
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Over Bored – Jamey Garner
Quad Chaos – Aaron Cain
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte
Twisted Addiction – Tim Jones

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.Monster-Nation.com
www.OverBoredMonsterTruck.com

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TMB TV: Monster Sights & Sounds 3.3 – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Saginaw, MI 2016

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Episode Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Dow Event Center
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Date: February 12th, 2016
Videographer: Danny Maass

Featured Monster Trucks

Dawg Pound – Vern House
Dirt Crew – Jerry Beck
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Over Bored – Jamey Garner
Quad Chaos – Aaron Cain
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.OverBoredMonsterTruck.com
www.ToughestMonsterTrucks.com

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The Allen Report: Maricopa County Fair Monster Trucks – Phoenix, AZ 2016

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report, we make a short trip over to the Arizona State Fairgrounds, which sees a wide variety of entertainment forms over the course of a calendar year, from expos and trade shows to concerts and, on two of the last three days of the 2016 Maricopa County Fair, earth shaking, sky touching monster trucks. Six of the best monster trucks in the southwest arrived in the Sanderson Ford Arena to do battle in an all freestyle event on Friday, and side by side racing as well as freestyle on Sunday.

Making the trip over from Menifee, California were the father and son duo of Rick and Eric Swanson. Rick drove his beautiful 20th Anniversary body on his usual Obsession while former Young Guns Shootout competitor Eric took time off from his trophy truck body and reverted to his longstanding pickup shell on Obsessed. Driving up from Tucson, Arizona were all three trucks in the Sturges Motorsports entourage. Per usual, Sam Sturges drove the 1942 Dodge Panel Wagon Unnamed & Untamed. Longtime friend Gary Ely took the helm of fan favorite Nasty Boy and Cesar Nunez made the trip across the border from Mexico to pilot the 1963 split window Corvette Rat Attack. Finally, Rod Wood’s stepson Murphy McCrorey got behind the wheel of McGruff the Crime Dog.

To open the freestyle only show on Friday evening, each monster made a jump over an obstacle on the floor one after the other. Unfortunately for Sam Sturges, the intro saw an input shaft in the transmission break, bringing his night to a premature end. To raise the curtain on the competition, Rick Swanson played it cool, getting decent air off the cross thread jump in the middle and finishing it up with his customary donuts. Next up was Murphy in McGruff, in his first monster truck action since a car accident a few years ago. Murphy lived up to his nickname “Werewolf”, starting with a great entry jump, cleared the double in the middle of the floor, and got some great cyclones, making it look like he had never left the driver’s seat. Cesar Nunez was not to be outdone, getting even bigger air and continuing the donut craze. Last out was the 20 year old rising star Eric Swanson. Early in his run, he shot for the moon off the cross thread jump and landed hard on the left rear tire, causing all kinds of damage to the rear end of the truck. Despite the mishap, the crowd was roaring for the kid. With the next show not until Sunday, all the teams with broken trucks had no shortage of time to get their machines back together.

On Sunday a huge crowd piled into the grandstand ready for some hot and heavy, heads up competition. In the opening round of reverse Chicago style racing, innocence briefly trumped experience as Eric Swanson in his fully repaired Obsessed upset the Unnamed and Untamed vehicle. Sam Sturges still advanced, however, as the fastest loser. When both Rick and Eric dispensed of their semi final round opponents, all signs pointed to a great final. And it didn’t disappoint, with the father getting the jump over the son off the start line, but Eric had made up the ground halfway home. With all eyes on the finish line, Eric just barely hit his finish line jump before his dad, taking the racing win.

In freestyle, Sam Sturges was angry after losing twice in racing, and it showed in his driving, getting huge air off the double and carrying on a team tradition with gorgeous slap wheelies. During one of these moves, Sam kept the move going right over the grandstand side racing jump. Murphy McCrorey was on another roll with McGruff before the head gasket in the transmission snapped, ending his weekend. Gary Ely gave an admirable effort in Nasty Boy with very good hang time and decent attempts at slap wheelies. Much to the delight of the fans, both Rick and Eric Swanson entered the floor right behind the other and started a game of follow the leader. The fans were on their feet for the father and son pair as they stepped out of their monsters to end the afternoon show.

In the fair closing evening show, Obsessed got a bye run with only five trucks. But in the semi final round against Rat Attack, Eric never got going, giving an easy win to the sleek hot rod monster and with it a berth in the finals. Rick Swanson ended Unnamed and Untamed’s racing night to advance to the finals and one last shot at a racing win. Rick poured on the gas in the straightaways and took the win to evenly split the racing glory between his son and himself.

In the last monster competition of the weekend, Sam Sturges gave excellent slap wheelies, continued to reach for the sky and turned in an overall exciting run. Cesar Nunez refused to be upstaged and turned in some great air off the double jump and some fast donuts to put himself in the hunt for the win. But the fans got on their feet once more when again Eric and Rick Swanson took to the floor in their monsters at the same time. Both went the wrong way up the rarely used step up behind the double, and turned in some dizzying donuts to end the monster entertainment at the fair.

In other action, the crowd was treated to smash n bash, all or nothing democross racing, a combination of off road racing and demolition derby. Fans cheered on and on as intentional spinouts, heavy contact and all around vehicular assault played out in front of them. Well, next we at “The Allen Report” seek to return to Turlock, California, for the popular annual Budweiser Monster Truck Spring Nationals, featuring eight big monster trucks, two mini monsters, ride trucks and freestyle motocross. Look for more coverage coming then. Well, thank you for reading, a special thanks to Zack McKinley and all the Grand Canyon State Promotions crew for having us, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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TMB TV: ActionTracks 7.3 – Monster Truck Nationals – Du Quoin, IL 2016

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Episode Information

Episode: ActionTracks 7.3
Event: Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: Southern Illinois Center
Location: Du Quoin, IL
Date: February 26th-27th, 2016
Videographer: Chris Parrish (Check out Mean Duck Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Bigfoot #19 – Darron Schnell
Raminator – Mark Hall
Rammunition – Dale Benear
Snake Bite – Vinny Venom
Tail Gator – Doug Noelke
Venom – Denver Echternkamp

Featured Links

www.BigDawg4x4.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.FamilyEvents.com
www.MonsterTruckNationals.com
www.Raminator.com

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TMB TV: ActionTracks 7.2 – Monster Truck Nationals – Corbin, KY 2016

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Episode Information

Episode: ActionTracks 7.2
Event: Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: The Arena
Location: Corbin, Kentucky
Date: February 19th-20th, 2016
Videographer: Chris Parrish (Check out Mean Duck Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Bigfoot #19 – Josh Gibson
Raminator – Mark Hall
Rammunition – Dale Benear
Snake Bite – Vinny Venom

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.FamilyEvents.com
www.MonsterTruckNationals.com
www.Raminator.com

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Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Columbus, OH 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Date: April 2nd, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

El Toro Loco (Mark List), Grave Digger (Cole Venard), Maximum Destruction (Jared Eichelberger), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Cynthia Gauthier), Monster Mutt Rottweiler (Daron Basl), NEA (Aaron Basl), Scooby Doo (Brianna Mahon), Zombie (Bari Musawwir) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Stockton, CA 2016

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Stockton Arena
Location: Stockton, California
Date: March 25th-26th, 2016
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Double Trouble (Tyler Groth), Obsession (Rick Swanson), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Summit Bigfoot #18 (Larry Swim), Trouble Maker (Travis Groth) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 7.3 – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Salina, KS 2016

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Episode Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Bicentennial Center
Location: Salina, Kansas
Date: February 5th-6th, 2016
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Dawg Pound – Vern House
Dirt Crew – Jerry Beck
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Over Bored – Jamey Garner
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.OverBoredMonsterTruck.com
www.ToughestMonsterTrucks.com

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TMB TV: AT RetroTracks 3.2 – Las Vegas, NV 1991

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Episode Information

Episode: AT RetroTracks 3.2
Event: 1991 Monster Truck Show
Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Videographer: Footage Courtesy Jack Willman

Featured Monster Trucks

4-Wheel Crazy
Bigfoot
Grave Digger
Just Showin’ Off
Taurus
Under Pressure

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TMB TV: ActionTracks 7.1 – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Youngstown, OH 2016

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Episode Information

Episode: ActionTracks 7.1
Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Covelli Center
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Date: January 29th-30th, 2016
Videographer: Chris Parrish (Check out Mean Duck Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Dawg Pound – Vern House
Dirt Crew – Jerry Beck
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Over Bored – Jamey Garner
Quad Chaos – Aaron Cain
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.OverBoredMonsterTruck.com
www.ToughestMonsterTrucks.com

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Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Fort Wayne, IN 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date: March 11th, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell), Holman’s Beast (Bobby Holman), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Son of Beast (Cody Holman) [Read more…]