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Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: February 20th, 2016
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Brutus (Brad Allen), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Adam Anderson), Hooked (Bryan Wright), King Krunch (David Smith), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Monster Energy (Damon Bradshaw), Monster Mutt Junkyard Dog (Dustin Brown), Overkill Evolution (Michael Vaters II), Pirate’s Curse (Steven Sims Jr.), Solider Fortune (Chad Fortune), Stone Crusher (Steve Sims), War Wizard (Shane Phreed) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Wheeling, WV 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: WesBanco Arena
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
Date: February 19th, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Bad News Travels Fast (Brandon Derrow), Black Stallion (Matt Cody), Carolina Crusher (Gary Porter), Grave Digger (Jon Zimmer), Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey), Krazy Train (Lloyd Twitchell), Saigon Shaker (Ryan Disharoon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Nation – Beaumont, TX 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: Ford Arena
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Date: February 19th-20th, 2016
Photographer: Matthew Ison (Check out Matthew Ison Photography on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Dawg Pound (Vern House), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Summit Bigfoot #18 (Larry Swim), Twisted Addiction (Tim Jones) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Salina, KS 2016

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Bicentennial Center
Location: Salina, Kansas
Date: February 5th-6th, 2016
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Dawg Pound (Vern House), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Youngstown, OH 2016

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Covelli Center
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Date: January 29th-30th, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Dawg Pound (Vern House), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: January 30th, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Alien Invasion (Steve Koehler), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Dragon’s Breath (Scott Liddycoat), Grave Digger (Chad Tingler), Gun Slinger (Scott Hartsock), Hurricane Force (Steve Thompson), Ice Cream Man (Roy Pridgeon), Jester (Matt Pagliarulo), Mohawk Warrior (George Balhan), Monster Mutt Rottweiler (Rod Schmidt), Razin Kane (Buddy Tompkins), Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten), Scooby Doo (Nicole Johnson), Solider Fortune Black Ops (Tony Ochs), Son Uva Digger (Ryan Anderson), Storm Damage (John Killenger), Xtermigator (JR McNeal) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Nationals – Sioux City, IA 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: Tyson Events Center
Location: Sioux City, Iowa
Date: January 15th-16th, 2016
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Dale Benear), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Summit Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell), Tail Gator (Doug Noelke) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Nation – Bossier City, LA 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: CenturyLink Center
Location: Bossier City, Louisiana
Date: January 15th-16th, 2016
Photographer: Matthew Ison (Check out Matthew Ison Photography on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Dawg Pound (Vern House), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Southaven, MS 2016

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Landers Center
Location: Southaven, Mississippi
Date: January 8th-9th, 2016
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Dawg Pound (Vern House), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Extreme Monster Truck Nationals – Dayton, OH 2016

Event Information

Event: Extreme Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: Hara Arena
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: January 9th, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Knucklehead (Trent Montgomery), Iron Outlaw (Mikeal Christensen), Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten) [Read more…]

Maass Media: Best of 2015 Photo Gallery

Description

TMB’s Lead Photographer Danny Maass presents his “Best of 2015” Photo Gallery, featuring a selection of his favorite shots taken throughout another great year of monster trucks.
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Monster Photos: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion – Auburn, IN 2015

Event: 5th 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 13th-14th, 2015
Photographer: Danny Maass

Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Gene Patterson (Breen Boys Racing Toys/BIGFOOT 4×4), Alan Tura (Goliath), Billy Joe Miles (TNT Motorsports), David Morris (Equalizer) [Read more…]

The Allen Report: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion 2015

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we make a trip by air to Auburn, Indiana, for the fifth consecutive year. Auburn is known as the former “little Detroit” where cars and racing have shaped the town since the 1930’s and still do, with a great number of automotive museums to attend. Once more, we went to the Kruse Automotive and Carriage Museum for the Fifth Annual International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion. Nearly 300 people from places like Texas, Maryland and Washington State were in attendance to watch four iconic monster truck personalities become the twenty-second through twenty-fifth inductees into the International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame. A new record of both classic and current monster trucks were on display throughout the weekend.

• Team Bigfoot’s Original Monster Truck Bigfoot 1, the World’s Biggest Pickup Truck Bigfoot 5 and the World’s Only Electric Powered Monster Truck, Bigfoot 20.
• IMTM President and Creator Jeff Cook’s Shotgun Harry old school monster.
• First Hall of Fame class member Jeff Dane’s replica of the original King Kong.
• Andy Hoffman’s Nitecrawler tank, which was first Hall of Fame class member Allen Pezo’s Predator Tank earlier in its life.
• Regular attendee Thomas Borders’ 100% Monkey Business old school built monster.
• IMTM Vice President and third Hall of Fame class member Allen Pezo’s original Predator 1.
• First Hall of Fame class member Everett Jasmer brought both the 1988 TNT Monster Truck Challenge Champion USA-1 and its 2015 twin, driven by Roger Gauger of Quadzilla notoriety.
• Terry Woodcock’s recently restored original Cyclops
• Vaters Motorsports surprise truck, the restored original Equalizer

The Fifth International Monster Truck Hall of Fame class consisted of:
• Breen Boyz and Team Bigfoot driver legendary for his role as the “evil” Snake Bite driver Colt Cobra, Gene Patterson.
• Equalizer owner/driver David Morris
• Owner, builder and driver of twin engine monster truck GOLIATH, its faster racing twin GOLIATH’S REVENGE, the jet powered G Force and the Transtormer robot.
• And original TNT Motorsports promoter Billy Joe Miles.

On Friday, a meet and greet between the inductees, past and current monster truck owners, media and fans was held. Meanwhile, the family of Jeff Cook sold a wide variety of official IMTM merchandise exclusive to those attending. From large and small t-shirts to bumper stickers to mugs to pins, even rings, there was no shortage of items to choose from and all sales went to the museum. Several people set up display tables where merchandise of almost any kind conceivable was put on display for one and all to observe. One such case was second Hall of Fame class member Mike Welch who brought never before seen photos and merchandise from his thirty-plus years of travels and shows.

That evening, another classic monster truck was unveiled in the museum for the very first time, its restoration having been done under highly top secret conditions. To the thrill and amazement of the attendees, the tarp came off to reveal the original 1989 TNT Monster Truck Challenge Champion truck; incoming inductee David Morris’ red Equalizer.

On Saturday, an IMTM tradition continued with a Q&A and history discussion with the Hall of Fame inductees. Some stories were from the road and comical, others regarded monster truck industry related people who sadly had passed away at some point.

That night, a delicious meal was served as monster truck video footage exclusive to the IMTM was displayed for those in attendance and Army Armstrong entertained the diners. To get things started, numerous sponsors were thanked with a glass plaque featuring the sponsor’s name. As each new member of the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame was inducted, they received a standing ovation from the audience both on his way to the stage and accepting his induction plaque. At the end of the ceremony, another tradition went on as an auction was held to raise more money for the IMTM. With Kruse Automotive and Carriage Museum creator and owner Dean Kruse as auctioneer and items abound to bid on, the bidding drama over each item was intense.

And that’s a wrap for us at “The Allen Report” for 2015, as we plan for the holidays and anxiously look forward to first quarter of 2016. Well, thanks for reading, a special thank-you goes to Jeff Cook and the IMTM and Hall of Fame board of directors as well as all of our friends at themonsterblog.com for a moving and entertaining event. Thank you to all of our followers for reading, please enjoy the photos, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram under the name “Monster Truckin’ with Jim and Chris”, and cheer on!

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The Allen Report: Monster Trucks & FMX – Phoenix, AZ 2015

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we go to the Arizona State Fairgrounds, a venue that has pretty much seen it all for the past one-hundred and thirty years, from the pre-war capital of motor racing in the city of Phoenix to a premier rodeo venue. And, of course, the Sanderson Ford Arena has seen no shortage of monster truck action, as it did over the fair closing weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Six gear grinding, ground pounding monster trucks arrived to do battle in six shows throughout the weekend. The shows consisted of wheelie contest and freestyle over Friday and Saturday before the High Jump and freestyle competitions on Sunday.

The shows featured Lake Havasu City, Arizona’s Mark Schroeder and his Felon truck. From just a few hours south of Phoenix was Rod Wood and his McGruff monster, ready to take a bite out of the competition. There also was Mexico’s Cesar Nunez driving the sleek 1963 split window Corvette Rat Attack. There also was the California based father and son team of Rick and Eric Swanson. Rick, as usual, piloted his bright yellow trophy truck Obsession and twenty year old Eric took the helm of his blue pickup truck bodied Obsessed. Rounding out the field was Tucson’s Sam Sturges in his 1942 Dodge Panel Wagon Unnamed & Untamed.

The heads-up competition only got hotter as the weekend went on. In wheelie contest on Friday evening, all trucks gave great efforts, each driver pushing his truck to the limit to get the best wheelie possible. Things quickly boiled down to a showdown between McGruff and Rat Attack, both going vertical with regularity, often to good response from the huge crowd. In freestyle, the two wheelie bumps, a set of crush cars and a huge center ramp were all fair game to win over the audience. Both Rat Attack and McGruff got huge air over the center ramp while Felon worked his signature wheelies and did some cyclones that truly were dirt slinging to end the opening show on Friday.

On Saturday, the veteran Sam Sturges and Unnamed & Untamed got off to a fast start in the wheelie contest, going straight up and down to push way ahead of father and son Swanson. But in doing so, Unnamed broke an axle. The California team caught up quickly in freestyle, however, as both Rick and Eric smashed the crush cars and soared over the arena floor thanks to the big ramp in the middle, plus some great cross thread moves, all attempting to win over the fans. Because of Sam Sturges’ breakage, Cesar Nunez in Rat Attack stepped up to take his place. Not resting on his laurels from the first two shows, the corvette monster had an excellent power wheelie while the Obsession trucks struggled to do the same. But when it came to freestyle, Rick and Eric did not back down, getting increasingly big air into the night sky and crushing the cars multiple times to thunderous applause from the capacity crowd.

In the third show of the weekend midway through Saturday, McGruff was in a class all his own, breaking away from the competition. He did so with a great forty-five degree angle wheelie and changing things up with a terrific sky wheelie off the crush cars. And the fans ate it up. In freestyle, the end of Felon’s weekend came a little premature when the motor broke and the damage was not repairable. This left a shootout between Rat Attack and McGruff. But ignition problems plagued Rat Attack from the very start, giving the best run to the Tucson native behind the wheel of McGruff.

On the final day of the fair, show organizers changed things up for the crowd by having McGruff take the place of Obsessed. This led to a battle in wheelie contest for the ages. Both the Tucson representatives in McGruff and Unnamed & Untamed stood straight up and down with no clear winner between the two.

In the final show of the weekend, the High Jump competition had the crowd cheering on and the drivers continued to push their machines. Each monster got two jumps each to outperform the others. No official winner was announced to the enormous number of spectators in the stands, but Obsessed and Rat Attack clearly went the highest of all. In the fair closing freestyle, both Rat Attack and Unnamed & Untamed went for broke with superb slap wheelies, but McGruff put together an exciting run that had the fans cheering practically from start to finish by smashing the crush cars, and great sky wheelies to wrap things up for the monsters at the fair for 2015.

In other action, four daredevil freestyle motocross riders including a member of the famous Metal Mulisha wowed both the young and young at heart alike with spectacular tricks high above the arena floor. Well, we at “The Allen Report” are almost ready to catch a plane to Auburn, Indiana, home of the fifth Annual International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion, where four legendary monster truck personalities will become enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Thank you for reading, a sincere thanks to Zack McKinley and Grand Canyon State Promotions for having us, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Gonzales, LA 2015

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Lamar Dixon Expo Center
Location: Gonzales, Louisiana
Date: November 6th-7th, 2015
Photographer: Matthew Ison (Check out Matthew Ison Photography on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Ground Pounder (Brandon Lagarde), Holman’s Beast (Bobby Holman), Mad Trax (Keith Ponthieux), Son of Beast (Cody Holman), Sudden Impact (Roddy Fahnestock) [Read more…]