Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Reno, NV 2011

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
Location: Reno, Nevada
Date: November 11th-12th, 2011
Photographer: Kelly Murphy Migues

Lineup: Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), California Kid (Ed Miller), Iron Outlaw (Matt Brokaw), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

TMB TV: Original Series Episode 4.7 – Reno, NV 2011

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
Location: Reno, Nevada
Date: November 11th-12th, 2011
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), California Kid (Ed Miller), Iron Outlaw (Matt Brokaw), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 11/19/11

Week Ending: November 19th, 2011
Truck(s) Featured: Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Wild run from Joe Sylvester ends with Bad Habit upside down at the Monster X Tour event at Portland, Oregon’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Monster Spectacular Tour Update – Ottawa: A Battle of Champions

(Ottawa, Ontario – By Doug De Nance) Monster Spectacular always is a “must see” when the big trucks visit the capital of Canada. But this time there was more on the line in Ottawa than ever before. It was to be a showdown between two champions – the defending Monster Spectacular champion, Joe Sylvester in the Readylift Bad Habit truck versus the newly crowned World Freestyle Champion, Jim Koehler and Avenger.

This battle had been fought before in this very same building one year ago. Last year Sylvester triumphed at Scotiabank Place by hitting massive reverser wheelies to defeat Koehler for the coveted Monster Spectacular crown.

This year Koehler’s confidence was boosted by the winning of his second world freestyle title in Las Vegas a few weeks before. But Sylvester had another year under his belt – and that year had the pressure of defending his Monster Spectacular crown at every turn.

One of the coolest stories this spring, Vaters Monster Motorsports debuted their new Higher Education school bus monster truck in Montreal.

Yet it looked like there could be a spoiler or two in this storyline, because some of the greatest names in monster trucks were sitting in the pits. Along with the brand new Higher Education truck, there sat 29 year veteran Mike Vaters and Black Stallion and the big dog Brutus driven by Chris Bergeron.

Bergeron put the first wrinkle into the flow by definitively winning the wheelie contest. Bergeron blasted Brutus skyward on his first pass and landed “pogo” style, landing perfectly vertical by planting his wheelie bar into the final car in the stack. But his second pass was even more spectacular, hitting a massive sky wheelie. But the car stack collapsed sending Brutus sideways. Bergeron somehow pulled the big dog out of a bicycle on the passenger side two wheels and set the truck down on all four tires. Even Koehler preempted the cheeroff to congratulate the obvious winner – his Team Scream team mate, Chris Bergeron.

Chris Bergeron hits a huge wheelie in Brutus to take the opening win in Ottawa.

The next spoiler was Mike Vaters. The Black Stallion driver is known to be an extraordinary racer. He’s also known as the King of Concrete, with endless experience on the slippery surfaces like the track in Ottawa. Plus, he loves to race his way through the brackets. Vaters did just that, winning racing confidently.

So the story of the battle really did come down to the two champions in freestyle. While the other trucks laid down amazing freestyle runs that could easily win any other night, all eyes were on Bad Habit and Avenger.

Sylvester eased onto the course, knowing that the variable time clock would not start until he hit the first obstacle. Bad Habit hit every obstacle hard including not one, but two reversers – with the final one clearing all five cars in the stack.

Jim Koehler may be at his best ever as he takes the freestyle win in Ottawa, his third straight since winning the World Finals Freestyle title for the second time.

During an interview the question was posed to Koehler if he could just lay back now that he was world champion once again. Koehler answered it then with a very loud no. And he answered it again very loudly with the roar of Avenger.

Hitting every obstacle multiple times, Avenger caught the biggest air of the night on each one. But it was Koehler’s final cyclone donut that sealed the deal. Whirling so fast that Avenger seemed like a green blur, Koehler emerged staggeringly dizzy to the loudest roar of all – that of the Monster Spectacular fans!

Those same fans were treated to more excitement in the form of quad racing, freestyle motocross and the Krazy Krew BMX team – who all jumped over the announcer’s head.

Be sure to treat yourself to all the excitement the next time Monster Spectacular comes to your town. Check www.MonsterSpectacular.com for a show near you.

(Photos by Johany Jutras)

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Dayton, OH 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: EJ Nutter Center
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: March 19th, 2011
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), El Toro Loco (Joey Parnell), Full Boar (Ed Eckert), Grave Digger (Randy Brown), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Virginia Giant (Diehl Wilson) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Dayton, OH 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: EJ Nutter Center
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: March 19th, 2011
Photographer: Michael Harry

Lineup: Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), El Toro Loco (Joey Parnell), Full Boar (Ed Eckert), Grave Digger (Randy Brown), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Virginia Giant (Diehl Wilson) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Cleveland, OH 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Date: February 19th, 2011
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Excaliber (Kevin Koszala), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Spike (Rich Hilgendorf), Tasmanian Devil (Nicole Johnson) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Cleveland, OH 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Date: February 19th, 2011
Photographer: Michael Harry

Lineup: Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Excaliber (Kevin Koszala), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Spike (Rich Hilgendorf), Tasmanian Devil (Nicole Johnson) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 02/07/11 – Joe Sylvester & Mike Vaters

Monster Truck Radio With Host Jeff Richards
Date: Monday, February 7th, 2011
Guest #1: Joe Sylvester, driver of Bad Habit
Guest #2: Mike Vaters, driver of Black Stallion [Read more…]

Monster Photos – Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2011

Monster Jam made its annual visit to downtown Indianapolis last weekend as 14 trucks competed in racing and freestyle at the beautiful new palace that is Lucas Oil Stadium. Fittingly, it was Monster Jam driver Linsey Weenk who took the big racing win in Feld’s new Lucas Oil sponsored truck, the Crusader. Freestyle would see strong runs from several drivers but when defending Freestyle World Champion Charlie Pauken is on his game, there is no stopping the Grave Digger as Chuckie took the big win.

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TMB was out in force for the big event in Indy as Chris Parrish, Paul Harry and Michael Harry were all shooting photos. Check out the links below to see all of their great work and a big thanks to all the guys for their efforts!

Photos By Chris Parrish

Photos By Paul M. Harry

Photos By Michael Harry

Monster Photos – Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 29th, 2011
Photographer: Michael Harry

Lineup: Air Force Afterburner (Damon Bradshaw), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Dragon’s Breath (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Ground Pounder (Chris Ryan), Iron Outlaw (Ben Winslow), Iron Warrior (Trey Meyers), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Michigan Ice Monster (Chris Lagana), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Superman (Chad Fortune) [Read more…]

Monster Photos – Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 29th, 2011
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Air Force Afterburner (Damon Bradshaw), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Dragon’s Breath (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Ground Pounder (Chris Ryan), Iron Outlaw (Ben Winslow), Iron Warrior (Trey Meyers), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Michigan Ice Monster (Chris Lagana), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Superman (Chad Fortune) [Read more…]

Monster Photos – Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 29th, 2011
Photographer: Chris Parrish

Lineup: Air Force Afterburner (Damon Bradshaw), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Dragon’s Breath (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Ground Pounder (Chris Ryan), Iron Outlaw (Ben Winslow), Iron Warrior (Trey Meyers), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Michigan Ice Monster (Chris Lagana), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Superman (Chad Fortune) [Read more…]

Monster Photos – Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: January 8th, 2011
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Dragon’s Breath (Becky McDonough), El Toro Loco (Marc MacDonald), Excaliber (David Brown), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Grinder (Frank Krmel), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Iron Man (Lee O’Donnell), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Monster Mutt (Joe Miller), Mopar Magic (Morgan Kane), Stone Crusher (Steve Sims), War Wizard (Randy Moore) [Read more…]

Bad Habit Welcomes ReadyLIFT Suspension as 2011 Primary Sponsor

(Boardman, OH – By Joe Sylvester) I would like to officially announce the partnership between Joe Sylvester Motorsports and ReadyLIFT Suspension for 2011! ReadyLIFT Suspension will be the primary sponsor on the BAD HABIT Monster Truck for the 2011 season which kicks off January 8th at Ford Field in Detroit, MI for our first of 11 weekends on the Monster Jam Tour.

ReadyLIFT Suspension Inc. is the #1 preferred manufacturer of truck and SUV Suspension Leveling and Lift Kits that are guaranteed to retain your factory ride while providing the looks and lift every truck owner wants. The truck will be officially introduced as the ReadyLIFT BAD HABIT so keep an eye on our online store for a redesigned merchandise line reflecting our new sponsor due out in the spring of 2011.

I am very proud to be selected to represent Team ReadyLIFT in the growing sport of Monster Truck Competition alongside their many established off-road racing teams. Over the past few years, the JSM Team and ReadyLIFT Suspension have both been growing in leaps and bounds and this partnership is sure to be an unstoppable combination!

Look for big things to come in 2011 for the ReadyLIFT BAD HABIT Team as we once again will be touring the continent with series such as Monster Jam, Monster Spectacular, and the KSR Motorsports Night of Fire and Destruction tour as well as performing another World Record Jump Attempt!

For more information on ReadyLIFT Suspension, visit them online at www.ReadyLIFT.com. For more information on Joe Sylvester Motorsports and the Bad Habit monster truck, check out www.BadHabit4x4.com.