Montreal Ready for 18th Annual Monster Spectacular

(Drummondville, Quebec – Chris Arel Motorsports PR) – Get ready Montreal, on April 20th the Monster Spectacular will be back in Montreal for its 18th edition at Olympic Stadium and it is going to be bigger then ever! The 2013 event will feature 14 monster trucks competing on one of the largest indoor tracks seen in the entire sport.

Bounty Hunter and Avenger headline the return of Monster Spectacular to Olympic Stadium.

Bounty Hunter and Avenger headline the return of Monster Spectacular to Olympic Stadium.

Fan favorites Bounty Hunter, Avenger, Black Stallion, Red Baron and Brutus return to take on a great group of challengers including Hurricane Force, Storm Damage, Higher Education, Spike, Wrecking Crew and Shell Camino, along with more TBA.

As always, the monster trucks will be joined by some incredible thrill acts including freestyle motocross, ATV freestyle and the biggest ever ATV race with over 50 competitors from all over the world.


The only way to be a part of the thrills and excitement is to be there LIVE, so watch for tickets to go on sale very soon. Also follow us on Facebook to never miss all the latest Monster Spectacular information at

Video of the Week – 05/26/12

Week Ending: May 26th, 2012
Truck(s) Featured: Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach)
Video Type: Fan Video

Description: Greg Winchenbach lays down two outstanding wheelie efforts in Ottawa before rolling Crushstation over onto its side.

Video of the Week – 11/26/11

Week Ending: November 26th, 2011
Truck(s) Featured: Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten)
Video Type: Fan Video

Description: Jimmy Creten once again amazes with an incredible freestyle in Bounty Hunter at the fall Monster Spectacular in Montreal, Quebec.

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium Ready for Fall Monster Spectacular

(Drummondville, Quebec – Chris Arel Motorsports PR) – While 2011 may be winding down, one of the biggest events of the year is happening Saturday, November 26th as Monster Spectacular once again takes over Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The big event will feature 12 of the best monster trucks battling it out in racing and freestyle as Chris Arel Motorsports celebrates its 16th straight fall event in Montreal.

The fall Monster Spectacular at Montreal's Olympic Stadium is sure to be battle royale as 2Xtreme Racing takes on Team Scream!

The event will be a showdown between some of the sport’s most prolific teams, with 4 trucks from 2Xtreme Racing (Bounty Hunter, Red Baron, Bounty Hunter Black & Iron Outlaw), 4 trucks from Team Scream (Avenger, Brutus, Spike & Wrecking Crew) and 2 trucks each from Sudden Impact Racing (Ground Pounder & Michigan Ice Monster) and Vaters Monster Motorsports (Black Stallion & Higher Education).

X Tracks Canada is putting together another exciting new track layout for the event with bigger obstacles, high flying ramps and much more.

Additional entertainment will include the human cannonball Dave Smith, oval demo derby races, FMX with motorcycles & ATV’s, modified lawnmower races and autocross.

The Monster Spectacular at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is a unique, exciting family event and Canada’s biggest monster truck show. Don’t be the one who misses out on the incredible action, head on over to to get your tickets now!

(Photo by Stephanie Cotnoir)

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 for a show near you.

(Photos by Johany Jutras)

Video of the Week – 04/09/11

Week Ending: April 9th, 2011
Truck(s) Featured: Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Larry Swim)
Video Type: Fan Video

Description: You know it was going to be “Monster Spectacular” when Larry Swim freestyle’d at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium for the first time, and he didn’t disappoint with a wild run that ended with an incredible tailgate plant into the dirt.

Monster Spectacular 2011 Begins In Montreal This Weekend

Get ready Montreal, the 2011 Monster Spectacular tour kicks off this weekend at Olympic Stadium! The 15th edition of this grandiose event will be written into the history books this Saturday night as a new track design awaits 12 of the best monster trucks in the world.

Fall racing champion Red Baron will be back to battle it out with former world champion Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter, while Joe Sylvester and Bad Habit also returns after burning it down in freestyle last fall. Team BIGFOOT wants to find its way back to victory lane at the “Big O” and for the first time ever, they’re sending their craziest driver, Larry Swim and the BIGFOOT Bad Boy. Those drivers will take on the best of the best including Black Stallion, Brutus, Amsoil Shock Therapy, Crushstation, Martial Law, Excaliber, Wrecking Crew and Iron Warrior.

Red Baron and Bounty Hunter will battle it out again Saturday night.

As if the monster truck action wasn’t enough, fans will be treated to the high flying antics of ATV and snowmobile freestyle, street bike stunts and the destruction of car stunts and a demolition derby.

Over 45,000 fans are expected to help kick off the 2011 Monster Spectacular tour in style Saturday night, don’t be the one who misses out on an incredible night of action. Head on over to to get your tickets now!

TMB TV Episode 3.8 – Montreal, Quebec

Event:  Monster Spectacular
Venue:  Olympic Stadium
Location:  Montreal, Quebec
Date:  October 23rd, 2010
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers:  Colby Marshall, Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup:  Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), California Kid (Garrett Ladelle), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), Illuminator (Jay Snyder), Iron Warrior (Trey Meyers), Krazy Train (Roger Cardot), Ms. Bigfoot #11 (Amber Walker), Red Baron (Ben Winslow), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 11/06/10

Week Ending:   November 6th, 2010
Truck(s) Featured:  Multiple Trucks
Video Type:  Promoter Highlight Video

Description:  The Monster Spectacular highlight video from the big Montreal event courtesy of Kevin Larochelle and the Chris Arel Motorsports folks. Awesome stuff, just wait for the TMB TV Episode!

Montreal Monster Spectacular – The Doug De Nance Report

(Recap By Doug De Nance) “X marks the spot! While that might be a line out of pirate legends, the legend of monster trucks in Canada, Chris Arel made a new high water mark with a monstrous X in Montreal’s Monster Spectacular show that brought out top media reporters like Ross Bonar of to report first hand on this incredible event.

The X in question was in the middle of the most unique monster truck racing course ever seen on this continent. The giant floor of the Olympic Stadium was laid out in a huge dirt oval with an X made of up two distinct school bus jumps criss-crossing through the center. To top it off, the trucks would have to race this challenging course side by side.

And what a slate of trucks there were to take on this incredible track. Fourteen of the top trucks on the planet had been assembled for one night in front of 45,000 fans. Just listen to the names: Bounty Hunter, Avenger, Black Stallion, Miss Bigfoot, Bad Habit, Rock Star, Brutus, Aftershock, plus the newest star in monster trucks, the Chris Arel The Red Baron truck and many more all came with guns a blazin’ and engines roaring.

The night began with all 14 trucks pitted in a wheelie contest, hitting the car stacks on either side of the oval portion of the track. It was such rapid fire action that the Big O looked like a Saturday afternoon traffic jam at the local mall – except every vehicle was a monster truck. Like a three ring circus, there was so much air-born action it was hard to keep track as truck after truck soared vertical. Despite many incredible wheelies, Jay Snyder and Illuminator lit up the judge’s scorecards for the win with a 12 o’clock tail stand on the cars that sent him crashing to the concrete like a giant redwood under the lumberjack’s axe.

Racing was exactly what was predicted by the incredible track – wild and crazy. The tacky clay dirt caused many trucks to hook up extra hard. Bad Habit found that out the hard way in the very first round of bracket racing, tumbling the truck over and tearing the body completely off and sending Trey Myers and Iron Warrior to the quarter finals. The driver of The Red Baron was a masked mystery coming into the race, but the respect was fast coming as he made Aftershock his first kill of the night. Black Stallion had an easy time of his race as Chris Bergeron took Brutus over an unintended obstacle, one of the Super 4 racing cars that had been abandoned on the side of the track.

The wildest and craziest race of the first bracket series saw the wild man from Washington, Bill Payne and Rock Star matched up against the pretty petite Amber Walker in Miss Bigfoot. Payne had said that this was the final night for the original Rock Star truck as he is busy designing a brand new version from the ground up. That should have been the tip off to Amber Walker that Payne would do what he does the very best – destroy everything in his path. The two trucks were bumper to bumper as they launched off the start line and over the first bus stack through the center X of the track. When they came to the first turn something had to give. So Payne gave it a little extra and ran up the rear tire of Miss Bigfoot, sending Payne up onto his back wheelie bar and Amber Walker wobbling from side to side. Somehow she kept the rubber side down but stalled out. Payne managed to get Rock Star back down to earth upright and finished the lap to move on to the quarter finals.

The story of the Red Baron is the stuff of legend from World War I. But a new legacy to that legend was been written during the subsequent rounds of racing by the unknown driver of the new Red Baron truck. Former world champions like Bounty Hunter and Avenger were expected to be able to adapt to the full contact that this new track created. A racing legend like Mike Vaters in Black Stallion would have been a good bet to make to the finals, but lost out to Jimmy Creten. However, it was the Red Baron astounded all who watched the masked driver win again and again to eventually face Bounty Hunter in the final race.

From a truck perspective, it was a draw. Both trucks were Ford Expeditions with 572 cubic inch engines kicking out more than 1800 horsepower. That wasn’t a surprise since Chris Arel had commissioned Jimmy’s 2Extreme Racing Team to design the new Red Baron truck. So the wild card was unknown track record of the driver of the new truck versus the legendarycompetiveness of Jimmy Creten.

Time seemed to slow down to slow motion as the trucks took off from the starting line. Side by side they launched off the bus stack and into the first turn. The only advantage seemed to be the inside lane as it gave the Red Baron a bumper width lead. It was the thinnest of margins but they say racing is a game of inches. The Red Baron only needed an inch to defeat Bounty Hunter for the racing win.

The Red Baron driver kept the mask on to keep the mystery intact as the trucks headed into freestyle. There was even a red plane as an obstacle that looked tailor made for the racing winner. But Joe Sylvester lived up to his trucks name as the Bad Habit driver tore up everything on the track. Sylvester has set the new world record for the monster truck longest jump in September of this year, sailing the Cadillac 208 feet and besting the 202 foot record held by Bigfoot for many years. Well, Sylvester looked like he was trying to beat his own record as he flew through the air off every obstacle he could hit. While the Red Baron and trucks like Black Stallion, Bounty Hunter and Avenger all had spectacular runs; it was Bad Habit making a habit of rocking freestyle – just like he had done at the Monster Spectacular finals in June.

The mystery of the Red Baron was solved at the conclusion of freestyle as the driver wearing the Mexican wrestler mask took to the mic. The southern charm and soothing accent of Ben “Bobo” Winslow didn’t require the driver to be unmasked to be recognized. The former driver from the Sudden Impact team, who had dazzled fans on the Monster Spectacular tour during the summer, had continued to wow the crowd behind the wheel of the new Red Baron. Winslow looks to fly high in his new ride.

As is always the case with Monster Spectacular, Chris Arel treated fans to much more motorsports entertainment, ranging from autocross with Baja styled racers culminating in a champagne soaked trophy presentation to a street style Super 4 series with supped up 4 cylinder customs to a full contact tough truck battle to welcoming back Kamikaze the jet quad and Felix Famlard and his incredible sport bike freestyle team. Perhaps the biggest treat was the introduction of Arel’s newest venture with Vic Theriault, The Legends of the Fighting Arts. Many stars from the fight game, including Jean-Yves Theriault witnessed the kickoff of the program with awards going to such famous fight names as Michel Jette, JF Bergeron, Regis Levesque and Jacques Rougeau. There will be much more to come next year with Legends of the Fight Arts.

It’s always a sad moment when the crowd has left the building in Montreal in October because it means the last Monster Spectacularshow of the year is over. But the good news is that a new season of Monster Spectacular is just around the corner in 2011. Watch for the biggest monster truck show in Canada to rumble into your area soon.”

A huge thanks to Monster Spectacular Tour Announcer Doug De Nance for another great season of keeping TMB posted on all the happenings with the Monster Spectacular tour!

Monster Spectacular – Montreal, Quebec – 10/23/10

Event:  Monster Spectacular
Venue:  Olympic Stadium
Location:  Montreal, Quebec
Date:  October 23rd, 2010
Photographer: Stephanie Cotnoir

Lineup:  Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), California Kid (Garrett Ladelle), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), Illuminator (Jay Snyder), Iron Warrior (Trey Meyers), Krazy Train (Roger Cardot), Ms. Bigfoot #11 (Amber Walker), Red Baron (Ben Winslow), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

Red Baron, Bad Habit Big Winners In Montreal

The TMB crew headed north of the border this weekend for the huge fall Monster Spectacular in Montreal, Quebec as Chris Arel Motorsports put on one of the biggest events Canada has ever seen at Olympic Stadium!! The event featured 14 of the top trucks from the U.S. and a wild new race course design that was sure to create excitement and controversy. The event kicked off with a wheelie contest as all 14 trucks took one hit on the cars. Despite great efforts from Brutus, Bounty Hunter, and Red Baron, it was Jay Snyder in the Illuminator taking the win as he stood absolutely straight up and down before rolling hard onto the roof.

The unique race course would not only see the trucks running side by side over school buses, but would also see the trucks racing off road style after the first jump with no lanes, anything goes, “rubbin’s racing”. The concept wouldn’t take long to provide the controversy as wildman Bill Payne in Rock Star drove hard into the corner following Amber Walker in Ms. Bigfoot, making contact with her truck and nearly sending her over as she made a great save to keep the truck on all fours. Payne ended up on his tailgate before backing down onto all fours and continuing on for the win.

The rest of the racing brackets would be much tamer as the truck on the inside lane at the start usually held the advantage. Bounty Hunter, Black Stallion, Brutus and Red Baron would be the final four and like so many other times in Montreal, it would eventually come down to an all 2Xtreme Racing final round as “Bobo” Ben Winslow would take on Jimmy Creten for the big win. The officials deemed Red Baron the fastest truck in the semi-finals giving him lane choice and that was all it would take for Winslow to hold off the boss for the biggest win of his career.

Freestyle would see all the trucks taking on a tough and treacherous course that provided plenty of big air and wow moments through the competition. Avenger, Bounty Hunter, Black Stallion and Red Baron all turned in stellar runs but it was Joe Sylvester in Bad Habit who rocked Olympic Stadium with an epic performance to take the victory.

TMB’s Ross Z. Bonar and Colby Marshall had a great time once again attending Montreal and both filmed for what should be an amazing episode of TMB TV, which will premiere Wednesday, November 10th at 8PM Eastern. Stephanie Cotnoir handled the photo duties and came up with some amazing shots that you will soon see in a full photo gallery – check out the TMB Facebook and become a fan to see lots more teasers from the show. TMB thanks Chris Arel Motorsports for all their support in helping make this coverage possible and we are already looking forward to the next Monster Spectacular in Montreal!! Stay tuned for great coverage from this major event coming soon.

Montreal Monster Spectacular Preview Photos

This Saturday night’s huge Montreal Monster Spectacular is growing closer and the TMB crew is getting ready for a great weekend north of the border. Ross and Colby will be arriving Friday for the filming of one of the biggest episodes of TMB TV of the year.  The big story heading into the weekend is the new Figure 8 track and thanks to the great folks with Chris Arel Motorsports, we are giving you an exclusive sneak peek at the building of the track.

In addition to the wild new track, the 2Xtreme Racing is debuting a new look in conjunction with Chris Arel Motorsports, the awesome new Red Baron!! New 2Xtreme Racing driver Ben “Bobo” Winslow will be at the helm and will look to debut the scheme in style, hoping to bring home a big win at the “Big O”. Below is another sneak peek, this one of the new design for the Red Baron.

We’re just two days away from the big event with 14 trucks and Figure 8 Racing. The lineup includes Bounty Hunter, Ms. Bigfoot, Avenger, Brutus, Black Stallion, Crushstation, Bad Habit, Aftershock, Rock Star, California Kid, Iron Warrior, Siberian Express, Illuminator and the previously mentioned Red Baron. Along with the monster trucks, the North American Autocross Championship will be featured as well.

Fans, this is one event you do not want to miss – head on over to for more information and to get your tickets while they last.

Monster Spectacular Returns to Montreal w/14 Trucks, Figure 8 Racing

(Montreal, Quebec) The Monster Spectacular is returning to Olympic Stadium this Saturday night for one of the wildest events the Big O has ever seen – a 14 truck lineup and monster truck figure 8 racing!! The racing portion of the event will be unlike any other figure 8 ever seen as trucks will race together on the same course in a unique concept tested earlier this year at Quebec City Speedway. The lineup is stacked as always as Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter returns after sweeping last fall’s event while Team BIGFOOT sends new sensation team driver Amber Walker and Ms. Bigfoot north of the border for the first time to try and take him down. Also returning will be superstars Jim Koehler in Avenger, Chris Bergeron in Brutus and Mike Vaters in Black Stallion.

Making their first trip to Olympic Stadium will be the Straight Up Racing team out of Washington as freestyle juggernaut Bill Payne will make his final appearance in the current Rock Star chassis before scrapping it and debuting a new piece next season. Joining him will be team truck California Kid and rounding out the lineup will be big names including the “monstah lobstah” Crushstation, Bad Habit, Aftershock, Illuminator, Iron Warrior, Siberian Express and the debut of The Red Baron.

As if all that monster truck excitement wasn’t enough, the Monster Spectacular in Montreal never fails to have an amazing support card as this year’s event will feature the North American Autocross Championship and much more.

If you haven’t got your tickets already, head on over to and get them now as this is one event you just don’t want to miss!!

Monster Spectacular Summer Clash Quebec Tour

(Drummondville, Quebec) Quebec Speedways will be hit by a monster storm at the end of the month as Chris Arel Motorsports will invade three big cities, holding qualifying events for the big Olympic Stadium event on October 23rd. The first stop will be Friday night in Chris Arel’s hometown, Daveluyville where Arel has just acquired Devil City Speedway. Then the tour packs up and heads down the road to Quebec City for a Saturday night show at Riverside City Speedway. The monsters then move on to CAM’s Eastern Front Command Post, Drummondville for a big Sunday show at Autodrome Drummon.

Many big names are confirmed for this three event mini-tour including the “Monstah Lobstah”, Greg Winchenbach’s Crushstation, defending champion Mike Vaters in Black Stallion, along with Excaliber, Ground Pounder, Illuminator, Screamin Demon and Iron Warrior! Head on over to for more information on these big events coming to Quebec!!