Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2017

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: The Dome at America’s Center
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: February 4th, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Barbarian (Devin Jones), Black Stallion (Michael Vaters), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Jester (Matt Pagliarulo), Mechanical Mischief (Jim Burns), Monster Energy (Coty Saucier), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Overkill Evolution (Sean Duhon), Rage (Cory Rummell), Samson (Rick Steffens), Son Uva Digger (Ryan Anderson), Xtermigator (JR McNeal), Wrecking Crew (Michael Thompson) [Read more…]

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…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 6.9 – Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2015 Part Two

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: The Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: August 28th-30th, 2015
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook), Ross Z. Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Black Stallion (Matt Cody)
Brutus (Brad Allen)
Equalizer (Mike Hawkins)
Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey)
Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell)
Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd)
Retro Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson)
Walking Tall (Maxie Broaddus)

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.BlackStallion4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 6.8 – Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2015 Part One

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: The Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: August 28th-30th, 2015
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook), Ross Z. Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Black Stallion (Matt Cody)
Brutus (Brad Allen)
Equalizer (Mike Hawkins)
Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey)
Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell)
Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd)
Retro Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson)
Walking Tall (Maxie Broaddus)

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.BlackStallion4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com

[Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2015

Event Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: The Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: August 28th-30th, 2015
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Black Stallion (Matt Cody), Brutus (Brad Allen), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey), Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell), Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd), Retro Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson), Walking Tall (Maxie Broaddus) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion – Auburn, IN 2014

Event: 4th 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 1st, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Diehl Wilson (Virginia Giant), Jon Breen (Mad Dog II, Stomper Bully), Michael Vaters (Black Stallion), Andy Brass (BIGFOOT), Kirk Dabney (Blue Thunder, Giant) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.12 – Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: September 26th-28th, 2014
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Black Stallion (Steve Thompson)
Brutus (Brad Allen)
Equalizer (Mike Hawkins)
Gun Slinger (Scott Hartsock)
Higher Education (Matt Cody)
Snake Bite #14 (Josh Gibson)
Summit Bigfoot #18 (Dan Runte)

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.BlackStallion4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com
www.GunSlinger4x4.com
www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com

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The Allen Report: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion 2014

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we once again make our way to the Kruse Automotive and Carriage Museum in Auburn, Indiana, for the 4th Annual International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion. Hundreds of people came from places like New York, Texas, Arizona and many places in between to watch the following five monster truck legends have their careers come full circle by entering the Hall of Fame:

– Diehl Wilson – Owner and driver of the beautiful and competitive Virginia Giant monster trucks
– Jon Breen – Owner and driver of the unique and innovative Mad Dog monsters
– Michael Vaters – Owner and driver of the envelope pushing Black Stallion monsters
– Andy Brass – One of the most hard charging and fearless team Bigfoot drivers of all time
– Kirk Dabney – Owner and Driver of numerous monster trucks from the Blue Thunder monster car to the Monster Truck speed record setting Extreme Overkill

Along with the inductees, the following legendary monster trucks were on display for one and all to observe:

– Hall of Famer Jeff Dane’s King Kong I
– Hall of Famer Allen Pezo’s Predator I
– Alan Tura’s Goliath
– Andy Hoffman’s Nitecrawler tank, formerly Bear Foot Trax of previous HOF inductee Fred Shafer
– IMTM President Jeff Cook’s old school style Shotgun Harry
– John Nowacki’s old school style Mud Monster I
– Eric Howe’s old school style High Horse bronco

The day began on the north side of the museum, where the inductees held the annual Monster Truck History Discussion, answering questions and sharing stories about the good ol’ days. IMTM board member and first ever inductee Bob Chandler of Bigfoot started what could be a new tradition in this annual meeting by asking the inductees the first question. Inductees and attendees alike enjoyed hearing about the sport’s history so much that the discussion ran longer that scheduled.

As the sun set on the clear, chilly northeastern Indiana day, the hour was at hand. A delicious hearty meal was served as historic monster truck footage, most of which one would be hard pressed to find anywhere else, was shown on projection screens.

The inductees were clearly humbled to receive this honor. This was especially the case with both Vaters and Dabney as they made plans to say thanks to the Hall of Fame by rebuilding their respective monster projects for display in the future. And as each inductee’s interview with TheMonsterBlog.com’s Ross Bonar ended, the audience’s applause for the new Hall of Famers were long and loud.

Finally, for the third year in a row, an auction was held to benefit the International Monster Truck Museum to end the night. And in very single bidding case, the drama was intense. We strongly encourage anyone who loves monster trucks and the sport’s history to make next year’s event a can’t-miss.

While Jim and Christopher were enjoying the 4th Annual Monster Truck Hall of Fame, guest reporter Carol Allen attended the Arizona State Fair where ProForce Productions held their inaugural event. President Jamie McNutt brought the always popular Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter Yellow, Dawn Creten in Iron Outlaw and the “Flying Spaniard” himself, Tony Canedo driving Play N’ 4 Keeps. The popularity of the monster trucks was evident as the bleachers were packed to capacity for all six shows. The weekend culminated in a backflip by Jim Creten in Iron Outlaw. Announcer Lloyd Massey’s efforts to get the crowd involved was made easier by the enthusiastic support monster truck fans gave the drivers. Dawn Creten and Tony Canedo entertained the monster truck loving crowd with wheelies, some donuts and by jumping various obstacles.

Also, an act new to the Arizona State Fair, the Globe of Death appeared, with the daredevil motorcycle riders amazing the crowd with their gravity defying stunts followed by some very nervy tuff truck competitors. Carol would like to personally thank Loren Saubel, Jamie McNutt and Phil Vicinanza for their kindness and support.

That’s a wrap for us at “The Allen Report” for the year 2014 as we intend to enjoy the first quarter of 2015 simply as fans. But don’t worry monster truck nation, it won’t be long before you hear from us again. So, thank you for reading, a special thanks to the IMTM for hosting this great event once more, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.10 – Monster Truck Mayhem – Joliet, IL 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Mayhem
Venue: Route 66 Raceway
Location: Joliet, Illinois
Date: August 9th, 2014
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

Ballistic (Mac Plecker)
Barbarian (Devin Jones)
Black Stallion (Matt Cody)
Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson)
Mopar Muscle (Mike Miller)
Overkill Evolution (Mike Vaters Jr.)
Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain)
Raminator (Dale Benear)
Rammunition (Mat Dishman)
River Rat (Steven Snellen)

Featured Links

www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com
www.Raminator.com
www.Route66Raceway.com
www.VatersMotorsports.com

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Monster Photos: Monster Truck Beach Nationals – Wildwood, NJ 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Truck Beach Nationals
Venue: Wildwood Beach
Location: Wildwood, New Jersey
Date: September 26th-28th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Black Stallion (Steve Thompson), Brutus (Brad Allen), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Gun Slinger (Scott Hartsock), Higher Education (Matt Cody), Snake Bite #14 (Josh Gibson), Summit Bigfoot #18 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Mayhem – Joliet, IL 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Mayhem
Venue: Route 66 Raceway
Location: Joliet, Illinois
Date: August 9th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Ballistic (Mac Plecker), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Black Stallion (Matt Cody), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Mopar Muscle (Mike Miller), Overkill Evolution (Mike Vaters Jr.), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Raminator (Dale Benear), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), River Rat (Steven Snellen) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 01/21/13 – Show #502

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013
Guest #1: Adam Anderson, driver of Grave Digger The Legend
Guest #2: John Seasock, driver of Grinder
Guest #3: Mike Vaters, driver of Black Stallion
Guest #4: Larry Swim, driver of SPEED Bigfoot #19
Guest #5: Bobby Holman, driver of Lucas Oil Stabilizer
Guest #6: Bari Musawwir, driver of Spiderman [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 03/12/12 – Mike Vaters & Jeremy Slifko

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, March 12th, 2011
Guest #1: Mike Vaters, driver of Black Stallion
Guest #2: Jeremy Slifko, driver of Backdraft [Read more…]

Vaters Monster Motorsports Announces Summer Schedule

Vaters Monster Motorsports, the 2010 MTRA Promoter of the Year, has announced their schedule of events for the summer and fall of 2011. The action will kick off this Memorial Day Weekend in Plattsburgh, New York as Airborne Speedway will host two big shows featuring heart pounding monster truck action, the Kamikaze jet-powered 4-wheeler and extreme freestyle motocross.

Both shows will be held Sunday, May 29th with performances at 1:00PM and 7:00PM and are presented by Verizon Wireless, Della Motorsports and Precision Auto. The monster truck action will be headlined by seven-time Thunder Nationals champion Mike Vaters in the Black Stallion as he takes on Iron Warrior, Rap Attack, Toxic and the incredible new Higher Education monster school bus which is making its U.S. debut.  The monsters will compete in wheelie, racing and freestyle contests.

 

Come see the new Higher Education monster bus in action in its U.S. debut at the Vaters Monster Motorsports events in Plattsburgh, New York.

If all that monster action doesn’t cure your need for speed, power and destruction, then just wait til you see the Kamikaze jet powered 4-wheeler in action. Featuring 25 foot flames as it performs speed runs, you’re sure to be on the edge of your seat when the Kamikaze burns a junk car to the ground in a flaming inferno. In addition, the ever popular extreme freestyle motocross as these insane riders jump 60 foot gaps steel ramp to ramp on dirt bikes, performing gravity defying tricks while in mid-air.

Monster trucks will be on display Friday and Saturday at Liquor & Wine Warehouse and Della Motorsports. Come on out to see the trucks up close and personal and get your picture taken with the stars of the show.

Advance tickets are on sale now through Friday, May 27th and can be purchased at Airborne Speedway, Della Motorsports, and Aaron’s. Tickets are $15 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under are FREE!  Any remaining available tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of show.

Following the big opener in Plattsburgh, Vaters Monster Motorsports continues with many big shows the rest of the year. See below for the dates and featured attractions:

July 21st – Harrington, Delaware – Delaware State Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education, Illuminator with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

July 31st – Seekonk, Massachusetts – Seekonk Speedway
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler

August 3rd – Algona, Iowa – Kossuth County Fair
Black Stallion, Higher Education with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

August 11th-12th – Reading, Pennsylvania – Reading Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

August 11th-12th – Mannington, West Virginia – Mannington Fair
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August 13th – Lebanon, Connecticut – Lebanon Country Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

August 16th – Smethport, Pennsylvania – McKean County Fair
Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Higher Education, Illuminator with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

October 1st – South Boston, Virginia – South Boston Speedway
Grave Digger, BIGFOOT, Black Stallion, Spiderman, Iron Warrior, Higher Education, Illuminator with Kamikaze Jet 4-Wheeler & FMX

Dates are still being booked for 2011, so stay tuned to www.VatersMotorsports.com for all the latest information on where you can see some of the best shows of the summer and fall!

(Article Courtesy Vaters Monster Motorsports, Photo Courtesy Johany Jutras)