Monster Photos: IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion – Auburn, IN 2015

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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

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(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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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

[Read more…]

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

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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: Winter Nationals Monster Truck Spectacular – Harrisburg, PA 2015

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Event Information

Event: Winter Nationals Monster Truck Spectacular
Venue: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Date: March 21st, 2015
Photographer: Katelin White (Check out Katelin White Photography on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Bounty Hunter (Trent Montgomery), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Iron Outlaw (Dave Radzierez), Monster Medic (Rich Blackburne), Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd), Stinger (Zane Rettew) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Nation – Beaumont, TX 2015

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Event Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: Ford Park
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Date: February 20th-22nd, 2015
Photographer: Matthew Ison (Check out Matthew Ison Photography on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Equalizer (Joe Yatsko), Firestone Bigfoot #18 (Larry Swim), Midnight Rider (Tom Herzog), Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd), Walking Tall (Maxie Broaddus), Wild Thang (Doug Charles) [Read more…]

TMB TV: Original Series 7.4 – O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals – Miami, OK 2014

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Episode Information

Episode: Original Series 7.4
Event: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
Venue: Ottawa County Fairgrounds
Location: Miami, Oklahoma
Date: June 6th-7th, 2014
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers: Colby Marshall, Ross Z. Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Barbarian (Devin Jones)
Brutus (Brad Allen)
Equalizer (Mike Hawkins)
Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson)
Ice Cream Man (Jimmy Walker)
Red Solo Truck (Steven Thompson)
River Rat (Steven Snellen)
Xtermigator (JR McNeal)

Featured Links

www.AvengerRacing.com
www.Barbarian4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com
www.MAPMotorsports.com
www.RazinKaneMonsterTrucks.com

[Read more…]

Monster Photos: Extreme Monster Truck Nationals – Dayton, OH 2015

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Event Information

Event: Extreme Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: Hara Arena
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: January 9th, 2015
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Clydesdale (Bennett Clark), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd), Rislone Defender (Zach Adams) [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

[Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Truck Show – Troy, MO 2014

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Event Information

Event: Monster Truck Show
Venue: Lincoln County Fair
Location: Troy, Missouri
Date: July 12th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Monster Medic (Rich Blackburne), Red Solo Truck (Joseph Yatsko), River Rat (Steven Snellen) [Read more…]

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

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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…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.6 – Monster Nation – Pikeville, KY 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
Date: March 14th-15th, 2014
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

Equalizer – Mike Hawkins
Hurricane Force – Steven Thompson
Red Solo Truck – Brandon Budd
Storm Damage – Tim Mente
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte
Toxic – Travis Petri

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com
www.Monster-Nation.com
www.StormDamageRacing.com
www.ToxicMonsterTruck.com

[Read more…]

Monster Photos: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals – Miami, OK 2014

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Event Information

Event: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
Venue: Ottawa County Fairgrounds
Location: Miami, Oklahoma
Date: June 6th-7th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Brutus (Brad Allen), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Ice Cream Man (Jimmy Walker), Red Solo Truck (Steven Thompson), River Rat (Steven Snellen), Xtermigator (JR McNeal) [Read more…]

TMB TV: Original Series 7.1 – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Southaven, MS 2014

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Episode Information

Episode: Original Series 7.1
Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Landers Center
Location: Southaven, Mississippi
Date: January 10th-11th, 2014
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers: Ross Z. Bonar, Danny Maass

Featured Monster Trucks

Equalizer – Mike Hawkins
Over Bored – Jamey Garner
Rammunition – Mat Dishman
Red Solo Truck – Brandon Budd
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte / Chris Ludwig
Toxic – Travis Petri
Walking Tall – Maxie Broaddus

Featured Links

www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com
www.OverBoredMonsterTruck.com
www.Raminator.com
www.ToxicMonsterTruck.com

[Read more…]