TNT Unveils New Look Supporting Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

The Sheer Insanity Monster Truck Racing Team is pleased to announce the release of the new look for the TNT monster truck! TNT is proud to be officially recognized as a sponsor/promoter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region and the Susan G. Komen – Passionately Pink for the cure Organization in the USA. 100% of donations collected by TNT are given to the organizations.

Our goal is to raise awareness to all fans in the monster truck world; all those directly or indirectly affected by Breast Cancer and encourage awareness on breast health. It is our passion and pleasure to entertain fans of all ages from one end of Canada and the USA to the other and hopefully inspiring someone else to live by the words that Kathy does… “You’ve got one life to live…. SO LIVE IT!!!”

We are currently constructing a website where by you can share your stories, learn about breast cancer detection and prevention and of course keep up to date on the TNT monster truck and Kathy. Bookmark www.CrushingForTheCure.com and keep watch for the launch of this great new site sponsored by Wes Kibble and Off Road Action!

The Sheer Insanity Monster Truck Racing Team is pleased to announce that they both won awards at the 2010 Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada at the end of March. Ged Barcroft is the 2010 Arena Wheelie of the Year Champion and Kathy Wills is the award recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year. This was an honor and a surprise for both of us.

We would like to thank our current sponsors for their support and encourage potential new interested sponsors to contact us in regards to marketing and advertising opportunities of Canada’s ONLY lady driven/owned truck and the Sheer Insanity Team!

You can follow current activities of the TNT monster truck on Facebook – be sure to become a fan, and also add Kathy Wills to your friends list for another great way to keep up until the new website is launched and the Sheer Insanity Monster Truck Racing Teams website is updated.

CP Action Art Cincinnati Monster Jam Photos

TheMonsterBlog.com continues to bring you coverage from this past weekend’s incredible Monster Jam debut at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. You’ve seen all of Paul Harry’s great shots from the event, now Chris Parrish is bringing you all the action from another angle. Check out the link below to see all of Chris’s awesome shots and don’t forget to check out his personal site, www.CPActionArt.com.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CHRIS PARRISH’S CINCINNATI MONSTER JAM PHOTOS

Monster Trucks Are Coming to the Franklin County Fair

(Hagerstown, MD) Monster Trucks are coming to the Franklin County Fair!! Come out to the Hampton, Iowa’s Franklin County Fair Thursday, July 15th at 7PM to see all the monster action including elimination round racing, vertical sky wheelies and everyone’s favorite, 10,000 pounds of monster destruction freestyle competition.

The monster lineup includes Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Champion Jim Koehler in Avenger, Monster Jam World Finalist Black Stallion, Brutus and the Iron Warrior. Don’t miss the Extreme Freestyle motocross performing sick airborne stunts while jumping 60 foot gaps steel ramp to ramp. If that isn’t enough excitement for you than you don’t want to miss the jet powered 4-wheeler. The jet 4-wheeler will perform speed runs, flame show and a car burn. Spectators will be in awe as they witness the 1500 thrust horsepower engine, speed and flame show of this quad.

You don’t want to miss this exciting show of thrills, horsepower and destruction at the Franklin County Fair. The fair opens at 10AM with the monster truck event kicking off at 7PM. For more information visit www.VatersMotorsports.com or www.FranklinCountyFair.com!!

Cincinnati Monster Jam Photo Gallery

TMB’s Paul Harry was back at it this weekend as Monster Jam invaded Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH for the first time!! A stacked field of 12 trucks competed in racing and freestyle with the legend, Dennis Anderson in Grave Digger winning racing and son Ryan in Spiderman taking freestyle.

Click the link below to see all 12 trucks in action through Paul’s awesome shots from the event, a big thanks to Paul for everything he does for all of us here at TMB.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAUL HARRY’S CINCINNATI, OH MONSTER JAM PHOTOS

Bloomsburg 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals Recap & Photos

One of the most storied venues in monster truck history was the scene this past weekend for another round of the 2010 Monster Truck Thunder Drags – the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. A season that started off with great competition for the championship between Dan Runte in the Retro Bigfoot and Mark Hall in the new Raminator has now become the yearly Hall Brothers Racing domination tour as Mark went 3 out of 4 in Bloomsburg, with teammate Geremie Dishman in Rammunition getting the other win. Hall’s lead over 2nd place Runte is now massive after the dominant weekend and Bigfoot’s championship hopes are beginning to dwindle. In addition to the racing, there was plenty of great freestyle action from all eight trucks as well.

With the TMB crew scattered across the country this weekend, we have to send out a HUGE thanks to our good friend Jason Miller for submitting some absolutely gorgeous photos from Saturday in Bloomsburg – click the link below to check out his amazing work.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW JASON MILLER’S BLOOMSBURG, PA PHOTO GALLERY

Warrenton, MO Monster Trucks Highlight Video

Monster trucks returned to the Warren County Fair in Warrenton, Missouri last Friday night and TMB’s Colby Marshall was on hand for all the action as Bigfoot, Cult Energy Activator, Ground Pounder and Prowler battled it out in wheelie, racing and freestyle competitions.

Rich Hilgendorf took the wheelie win after making a great save to keep Ground Pounder on all fours, but it was all Rick Long in Bigfoot in racing and freestyle. Big thanks to Brandon Lagarde for his hospitality and to Colby for another awesome highlight video, click the link below to check it out.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COLBY MARSHALL’S WARRENTON, MO HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

TMB Summer Odyssey Update

TMB’s 2010 Summer Odyssey is just about complete as we’ve already seen four great shows and had a ton of fun hanging out here at Monstah Lobstah HQ in Jefferson, Maine. We finish up the trip with the All Star Monster Truck Tour event this weekend in Rutland, Vermont which will feature Crushstation, Backdraft, War Eagle, Eradicator, and Razin Kane competing on Friday and Saturday night.

See below for just a quick sample of what we’ve seen so far, and stay tuned to the TMB Facebook page to keep up with all the action on TMB’s 2010 Summer Odyssey!!

Midwest 4-Wheel Drive Open House Highlight Video

The annual Midwest 4-Wheel Drive Open House was Saturday, June 26th and it was another great event as fans visited the home of BIGFOOT and saw two great car crushing exhibitions.

TMB’s Colby Marshall was on hand for all the fun and he’s put together another of his amazing highlight videos – click the link below to check it out and thanks to everyone with BIGFOOT for a great time a the open house.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COLBY MARSHALL’S BIGFOOT OPEN HOUSE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Jim & Christopher Allen’s Del Mar / Pomona Coverage

TMB is always proud to bring you great coverage from our friends out west, Jim and Christopher Allen, and this week that means lots of great photos and all the details from the 2010 Del Mar and Pomona, California events. Check the coverage out below and thanks to Jim and Chris for another job well done:

“Once again WGAS Motorsports invited teams of monster trucks to perform at Del Mar California’s San Diego County Fairgrounds and the fan favorite July 4th “KaBoom!” in Pomona. The teams were “Living the Dream Racing’s” own “Time Flys” and “Fired Up” driven by Kelvin Ramer and Justin Cluster, both “Obsession” and “Obsessed” with Rick Swanson and Eric Swanson behind the wheels and representatives of “2Xtreme Racing” in the form of Russell Steeley in “Iron Outlaw” and Jim Creten, as always, driving “Bounty Hunter”.

Shout-outs go to Ron Johnson in his old school monster truck, the T-C Pig Ranch sponsored “Hog Wild”, who had some t-shirts to give away and Jake Blackwell’s awesome ride truck, the Thrasher Racing owned “Extinguisher” , who gave rides to fans young and old all weekend long.

The first monster out was “Fired Up” and his freestyle performance set the stage as each driver tried to top the next. Rick Swanson showed why he was the Undisputed Champion from this event one year ago, doing very nice cyclones and rarely laying off the throttle; so much in fact, that steam was coming from the engine area as “Obsession” left the arena. Russell Steeley put Iron Outlaw through its paces, not stopping until everything on the track was hit. However, during the second show of the day he took the big mountain in the middle of the floor, hard broke the right front wheel off and rolled over slowly. Kelvin Ramer was up next and drove over every obstacle, finishing his final run in the evening show with a cyclone with his hands out the window. But the potential winner possibility goes to the former World Champion in Bounty Hunter, using tons of pure horsepower over every jump, getting great air and continuing long after the 90 second time period. It was a great first day in Del Mar.

For the final day of monster trucks in Del Mar, the first afternoon show was racing only and the second afternoon show was freestyle only. Since only five trucks were competing, this created an interesting race bracket. “Bounty Hunter” would automatically be seeded into the semi-finals. Two winners of the heats would join him along with the fastest loser. From there, two finalists would advance and a racing champion would be crowned succeeding that race.

WGAS officials created a Chicago style race course with the finish lines on top of each trucks’ respective starting jumps. In the opening round, fan favorite Kelvin Ramer in “Time Flys” took out his own teammate, “Fired Up” driven by Justin Cluster to advance to the semi-finals and a shot at Jim Creten and “Bounty Hunter”. In the other quarter-final race, 14 year old Eric Swanson with “Obsessed” was on his way to victory over his own father in the team truck when he aver drove the final turn. Rick swapped trucks and raced “Obsessed” for the remainder of the racing show.

The top half of the semis would see a close race between the former Monster Jam World Champion Jim Creten and the driver of the 1934 Ford, Kelvin Ramer. It was close, but the win goes to “Bounty Hunter” after Ramer spent too much time in the air over the second jump. Fastest loser “Fired Up” was denied a second shot at the championship round after following “Obsessed” across the finish line. The final race was dead even until the final turn when Jim Creten pulled away for the racing trophy.

The final show from Del Mar for the year would be the only time freestyles were scored. Eric Swanson, back in “Obsessed”, got some great air with a sky wheelie and was in the middle of his first donut when he hit one of the racing ramps, breaking the bead on the left rear tire, flattening it. The judges gave him a 14 out of a possible 40. The “Fired Up” driver continued to with the freestyle competition and took the lead with a 28 point score. Next came “Time Flys” and “Obsession”, both of which hit all of the obstacles and took the lead with a score of 38.5. But there was a former Freestyle champion in the house, and he hit everything the track threw at him and got the undisputed big air of the weekend. He missed the perfect score by just one point, but it was enough to get back on the winner’s stage at Del Mar.

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with five of the top monster trucks in the world? But not just monster trucks, also on hand were four high-flying, death defying FMX riders including Jimmy Fitzpatrick as the sole representative of the infamous Metal Mulisha. Finally, the “KaBoom!” tradition continues with a fireworks display as the grand finale.

The five trucks competing in Chicago-style racing and freestyle on some of the biggest obstacles Pomona monster truck fans have ever seen include Kelvin Ramer with “Time Flys” and the teams of “Obsession Racing” with Eric Swanson behind the wheel of “Obsessed” along with his father Rick driving “Obsession” and the “2Xtreme Racing” trucks of Iron Outlaw driven by Nick Owens and Jim Creten, as always, behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter. Before the monsters hit the track, some of the FMX riders performed amazing airborne stunts including back flips.

As “Time Flys” got the bye in the racing bracket and would wait to race until the semi-finals and would take on the winner of the first heat in Round 1. A fast loser would also advance and face the winner of the second heat of Round 1, making a four truck competition in the semi finals. From there, a standard four truck bracket was in place. All hopes of Eric Swanson avenging his loss to his father in Del Mar were dashed as he took the last turn too wide and “Bounty Hunter” showed who was boss in the second heat against his team truck, “Iron Outlaw”. “Obsession” would move to the finals as Kelvin Ramer made the same mistake as Eric during the run of “Time Flys”. The next scheduled race was the rematch Nick Owens wanted with the Bounty Hunter, but it never happened as a problem with the RII prevented Iron Outlaw from making it to the starting line and forfeiting the race. WGAS officials went straight to the finals between “Bounty Hunter” and “Obsession”. “Bounty Hunter” was too fastest and crossed the finish line first and was the racing champion.

Freestyle featured both the small jumps from racing, two additional wheelie obstacles, two sets of motor homes, a large single jump and a HUGE double jump. There was also a “concession stand” on the dirt arena. That’s correct, a concession stand! Iron Outlaw put on an excellent opening freestyle. Eric Swanson emerged next, and got some huge air over the double jump. He earned a 35 out of a possible 40 for his efforts. Rick wanted to keep up the momentum but the transmission had other ideas, breaking an input shaft after just a single jump. “Time Flys” earned a perfect 40 from the judges, but Jim Creten had other ideas about who would be the victor. He hit every obstacle and did some great wheelies and donuts. He then hit the concession stand setting off the first fireworks of the evening. The crowd’s ovation left no doubt as to who was the winner. Scores were never given for “Bounty Hunter”, but Jim didn’t care. No fan was sitting down as Jim had done what he needed to do.

WGAS creator and primary promoter John Borba was on hand, and was told by an anonymous fan that this was the best freestyle motocross and monster truck show the fan had ever seen. Fans were then treated to a great 4th of July fireworks show. Thank you for reading, enjoy the photos, and cheer on.” – Christopher Allen

CLICK HERE TO VIEW JIM ALLEN’S DEL MAR, CA PHOTO GALLERY

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New Ballistic Scheme Complete

A couple weeks ago, we showed you a quick sneak peek of the brand new Ballistic scheme – well now, the new body and wrap have been completed and Mac & Liz Plecker were kind enough to send us on over some shots of the finished product. The new design looks great and we can’t wait to see out on track – check out their website to find out where you can see the new scheme at www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com.

TheMonsterBlog.com Summer Odyssey Begins

The TMB crew is off for one wild summer adventure as Ross Z. Bonar and Kaedon Berry leave tomorrow for a three week tour of the Northeastern U.S. First stop along the way will be Beckley, WV for the Monster Truck Summer Nationals featuring Bigfoot Bad Boy, Bad Habit, War Eagle, Razin Kane and Screamin Demon. Then its on to Maine for the 1st ever Monster Truck Mayhem event at Spud Speedway in Caribou which will have Crushstation, Backdraft, War Eagle, Eradicator, Razin Kane and Screamin Demon and finally Rutland, Vermont which is the same lineup minus Screamin Demon. During the two weeks we’re out on the road, we’ll be hanging at Monstah Lobstah HQ and the whole gang will be going lobster fishing one day. We’ll be keeping you up to date with everything happening on the TMB Facebook page – become a fan so you can follow along on TMB’s 2010 Summer Odyssey!!

New Rock Star Chassis Build Underway

The Straight Up Racing team has begun work on an all-new chassis for Bill Payne’s Rock Star!! The new truck is being built completely in house with custom made parts and will sport a brand new Chevrolet Colorado body style. The team has made an incredible amount of progress on the new ride in just five short days of work and Bill Payne has been kind enough to share some pictures of the progress made thus far. Check out the photos and be sure to stay tuned to www.StraightUpRacing.com for more updates.

Thompson Speedway Monster Thrash Fest This Saturday

(Hagerstown, MD) This Saturday night, July 3rd at 7PM, Monster Energy Drink, Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and Price Chopper Grocery Stores present the Monster Thrash Fest at Thompson Speedway!! The monsters and more are coming to Thompson, Connecticut featuring an unbelievable eight truck lineup including Monster Jam competitors King Krunch, Black Stallion, El Matador, Crushstation, Iron Warrior, Killer Bee, Storm Damage and the Illuminator.

Thompson’s Monster Thrash Fest is bringing together some of the nation’s most famous monster trucks in an all-out battle for supremacy. The monsters will compete in elimination round racing, wheelie and the crowd favorite annihilation freestyle to determine the champion of the night.

The extremely popular FMX riders will also be on hand to perform thrilling motorcycle acrobatics in mid air while jumping 60 foot gaps steel ramp to ramp. Fans will be amazed to witness first hand such spectacular moves as the Heart Attack, Kiss of Death and…..yes even a back flip! These riders have performed all over North America before packed houses and awestruck fans.

If this doesn’t cure your need for speed, power and destruction for the first time ever at Thompson Int’l Speedway the Jet 4-Wheelers will perform. Kamikaze and Psycho the jet powered 4-wheelers will demonstrate their raw power as they perform simultaneously. The jets thrust engines shoot out 25 foot flames as they exhibit speed runs, burner pops and back up to a junk car and incinerate it to the ground. The evening of thrills and destruction will wind up with a salute to the USA with a Fireworks Extravaganza.

Gates open at 5:00PM and fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the drivers and their trucks during the Monster Thrash Pit Party starting at 5:15PM and lasting until 6:30PM. You can have your picture taken with the drivers and their trucks and get autographs.

Tickets will be available at the gate, $20 for adults, $10 for kids age 6-14, while kids 5 and under are FREE.  More information is available at www.ThompsonSpeedway.com.

Extreme Monster Trucks Australia Unveils The Freak Show

Extreme Monster Trucks Australia has unveiled their brand new monster truck, the Freak Show!! This is Australia’s first truck purpose built to perform backflips, rollover and other gimmick acts. The truck has been built by Kreg Christensen and the EMTA crew and will make its debut at the upcoming Cairns Speedway event this weekend in Queensland.

The truck features a body mounted in reverse in a similar style to that of the U.S. truck Backwards Bob and is outfitted with t-shirt launches, 12 multiple pyro cues, a colored smoke canister and flame effects. It also features a domed roof roll cage to help the truck roll back onto its wheels, along with lockers in the front and rear for intense cyclones. The truck’s concept and to be completed paint scheme is targeted towards the ages 5 to 10 market in Australia and plans are to also have a minature version of the truck that leads it out and performs rollovers as well.

The photos above show the completed truck and its new body as it heads out for its debut in Cairns. The paint scheme is not yet finished, as there are plans to add much more color to the design. A photo from testing of the new truck is also included as former Monster Patrol driver in the U.S. David Brown put it through its paces and gave the new ride a big thumbs up.

Kreg Christensen will be attempting to complete Australia’s first ever backflip at the Townsville Showgrounds on July 10th and again the following weekend at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. Clive Featherby will climb behind the wheel for his first attempt at the Lismore Showgrounds on July 24th and then he heads to the U.S. to debut his new machine from Patrick Enterprises in stateside competition.

A big thanks to everyone with Extreme Monster Trucks Australia for the updates and photos, be sure to check them out at www.MonsterTrucksAustralia.com for all the latest news and Monsters Tour of Destruction event information!!

Sneak Peak at New Ballistic Paint Scheme

Mac & Liz Plecker’s Extreme Team is proud to announce the return of the Ballistic monster truck this summer!! An all new design for the truck has been completed and a brand new body wrapped by Vinyl Images in St. Louis, Missouri. Mac and Liz were kind enough to share a quick photo of the new body with us when they picked it up, be watching for debut of the new scheme in the coming weeks!! For more information on the Ballistic race truck and Extreme Team ride truck, visit their website at www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com!!