TMB TV: Highlights – 1st Annual IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion

Event: International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion
Venue: International Monster Truck Museum & Hall of Fame @ American Heritage Village
Location: Auburn, Indiana
Date: November 18th-19th, 2011
Videographer: Colby Marshall, Chris Parrish, Kaedon Berry

1st Hall of Fame Class: Bob Chandler (BIGFOOT), Jeff Dane (KING KONG), Dan Degrasso (BEAST), Everett Jasmer (USA-1), Fred Shafer (BEARFOOT), Jack Willman (TAURUS) [Read more…]

The Allen Report: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2011

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

It’s important to preserve the history and rise to fame of the monster truck industry so that the next generation of fans can see for themselves how the sport started. Auburn, Indiana’s own Jeff Cook of Shotgun Harry intends to accomplish this by doing two things: operating a museum preserving historic monster trucks and, starting with the inaugural induction ceremony held on November 19th, 2011, hold an annual Hall of Fame ceremony. This year’s ceremony was a big success with over 250 people attending and nine historic monsters and two active monsters on display for all to see.

The first class of Hall of Fame inductees included: Bob Chandler of Bigfoot, Dan Degrasso of Beast and Everett Jasmer of USA-1 (who each had their original monster truck creations on display at the museum that night), Fred Shafer of Bearfoot, Jack Wilman Sr. of Taurus and Jeff Dane of King Kong and Awesome Kong. Fred was unable to attend the event, so Scott Hess of Hercules and a Team Bearfoot driver, filled in to accept the award on Fred’s behalf.

TMB Contributors Jim & Christopher Allen stand in front of the legendary USA-1 at the 1st Annual IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Other trucks on display as well as those mentioned above were John Nowacki’s Mud Monster, Allen Tura’s Goliath, Allen Pezo’s Predator 1, Eric Howe’s High Horse and Tod Weston’s Black Knight and Kid KJ’s Monster Bear. As each individual was inducted into the Hall of Fame, a video tribute was shown highlighting their career. Each then got an opportunity to share their feelings and a story or two. Some members of the first class explained where the names of their trucks came from and others why they stepped out of the spotlight and/or sold their trucks. In the end, every new member of the Hall of Fame got a standing ovation from the crowd.

At long last, the careers of the men above, billed as “The Originals” in monster truck history have had their careers come full circle. As far as the future is concerned, Mr. Chandler is focused on the debut of Bigfoot #18. Mr. Jasmer is looking to carry on with his deal with Chandler Lloyd and possibly sell the entire USA-1 operation. Mr. Degrasso just may end up deciding to bring the Beast back into the public eye as a modernized truck with a tube frame and nitrogen shocks.

To find out more about the museum or plan a visit, check out www.MonsterMuseum.org. On that note, until the first quarter of 2012, thank you for reading, thanks to Jeff Cook and the entire IMTM staff for their wonderful hospitality, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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Monster Photos: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion – Auburn, IN 2011

Event: International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion
Venue: International Monster Truck Museum @ The American Heritage Village
Location: Auburn, Indiana
Date: November 19th, 2011
Photographer: Danny Maass

Hall of Fame Class of 2011: Bob Chandler (BIGFOOT 4×4), Jeff Dane (King Kong), Dan Degrasso (Beast), Everett Jasmer (USA-1), Fred Shafer (Bearfoot – Scott Hess accepted on his behalf), Jack Willman (Taurus) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 01/24/11 – Chris Guzman & Bill Payne

Monster Truck Radio With Host Jeff Richards
Date: Monday, January 24th, 2010
Guest #1: Chris Guzman, driver of Bearfoot
Guest #2: Bill Payne, driver of Rock Star [Read more…]

TMB TV: Highlights – Monster X Tour – Cincinnati, OH 2011

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: US Bank Arena
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 7th-8th, 2011
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Lineup: Bearfoot (Chris Guzman), Black Knight (“Hillbilly”), Bounty Hunter (Ben Winslow), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), El Bandito (Brian Kiehne), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick) [Read more…]

Monster Photos – Monster X Tour – Cincinnati, OH 2011

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: US Bank Arena
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 7th-8th, 2011
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: Bearfoot (Chris Guzman), Black Knight (“Hillbilly”), Bounty Hunter (Ben Winslow), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), El Bandito (Brian Kiehne), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick) [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 12/25/10

Week Ending: December 25th, 2010
Truck(s) Featured: Bearfoot (Don King)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Merry Christmas TMB fans!  We go back a couple years for this week’s video as Don King in Bearfoot put on a wild show at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The freestyle ends in spectacular fashion as Don rolls Bearfoot end over end after a wild slap wheelie.



Columbia, MO Monster Mania Madness Coverage

The monster trucks returned to Columbia, Missouri for the third straight year, this time as part of the 2010 Boone County Fair!! The event was originally scheduled for this past Friday night, but after strong storms swept through the area, the event was rescheduled for yesterday afternoon.

Featuring Bearfoot, Ghost Ryder, Desperado, Quadzilla and Torqzilla, the show didn’t disappoint as the fair fans got to see the trucks compete in wheelie, racing and freestyle contests. Larry Quick in Ghost Ryder was the fan favorite winning cheeroffs in both wheelie and freestyle, while Vance Larue took Bearfoot to the racing victory over Quick.

Thanks to Don King for having us at the event, click the links below to see Rajeana Bonar’s great photos and video from the event!!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW RAJEANA BONAR’S COLUMBIA, MO PHOTO GALLERY

CLICK HERE TO VIEW RAJEANA BONAR’S COLUMBIA, MO HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Monster Mania Madness – Columbia, MO – 07/30/10

Event: Monster Mania Madness
Venue: Boone County Fairgrounds
Location: Columbia, MO
Date: July 30th, 2010
Photographer: Rajeana Bonar

Lineup:  Bearfoot (Vance Larue), Desperado (Drew Haygood), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), Quadzilla (Roger Gauger), Torqzilla (Jason Faw) [Read more…]

Highlight Video – Columbia, MO – 07/30/10

Event:  Monster Mania Madness
Venue:  Boone County Fairgrounds
Location:  Columbia, MO
Date:  July 30th, 2010
Videographer:  Rajeana Bonar

Lineup:  Bearfoot (Vance Larue), Desperado (Drew Haygood), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), Quadzilla (Roger Gauger), Torqzilla (Jason Faw) [Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 3.5 Featuring Miami, OK O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals

TheMonsterBlog.com’s incredible four straight weeks of TMB TV continues as we premiere our fifth episode of the year featuring the Miami, Oklahoma O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals!! See great racing, wheelie and freestyle action from top names including Equalizer, Barbarian, Hot Tamale, Cult Energy Activator and more! We also feature an awesome modified tractor pulling exhibition, heads up tuff truck racing and a trip to see some famous old monster trucks at their final resting place.

Host Ross Z. Bonar guides you through all the fun with incredible videography from Colby Marshall and Kaedon Berry. All the action is just a click away, hit the link below to enjoy all the fun!!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH TMB TV EPISODE 3.5 FEATURING THE O’REILLY OUTLAW NATIONALS

TMB TV Episode 3.5 – Miami, OK

Event:  O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
Venue:  Miami Fairgrounds
Location:  Miami, Oklahoma
Date:  May 21st-22nd, 2010
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers:  Colby Marshall, Kaedon Berry

Lineup:  Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bearfoot (Mac Plecker), Cult Energy Activator (Sean Duhon), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Ground Pounder (Ben Winslow), Hot Tamale (Isaiah Morales) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals – Miami, OK 2013

Event Information

Event: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
Venue: Ottawa County Fairgrounds
Location: Miami, Oklahoma
Date: May 21st-22nd, 2010
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Truck Lineup

Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bearfoot (Mac Plecker), Cult Energy Activator (Sean Duhon), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Ground Pounder (Ben Winslow), Hot Tamale (Isaiah Morales)
[Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 2.4 – Tulsa, OK

Event:  Battle of the Monster Trucks
Venue:  QuikTrip Center
Location:  Tulsa, Oklahoma
Date:  February 20th-21st, 2009
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographer: Shane Skinner

Lineup:  Bearfoot (Mac Plecker), Bluegrass Stomper (Joe Nichter), Dream Catcher (Drew Haygood), Firestone Bigfoot #15 (Rick Long), Mr. Hollywood (Tony Tyrell), Public Disturbance (Brad Campbell), Snake Bite #11 (Jerry Dalton), Viper (Rich Blackburne) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: MEGA Monster Truck Tour – Sedalia, MO 2008

Event Information

Event: MEGA Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Missouri State Fairgrounds
Location: Sedalia, Missouri
Date: June 28th, 2008
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Truck Lineup

Bearfoot (Doug Charles), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), El Matador (Daron Basl), King Krunch (David Smith), Viper (Rich Blackburne) [Read more…]