Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Fort Wayne, IN 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date: March 15th, 2014
Photographer: Paul Harry

Truck Lineup

Ballistic (Mac Plecker), California Kid (Justin Cluster), Firestone Bigfoot #11 (Kevin Koszala), Nite Stalker (Dalton Van Skyhawk), Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #20 (Jim Kramer), Reverse Racer (Robert Brett) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Fort Wayne, IN 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date: March 15th, 2014
Photographer: Michael Harry

Truck Lineup

Ballistic (Mac Plecker), California Kid (Justin Cluster), Firestone Bigfoot #11 (Kevin Koszala), Nite Stalker (Dalton Van Skyhawk), Reverse Racer (Robert Brett) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.3 – Monster X Tour – West Monroe, LA 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Ike Hamilton Expo Center
Location: West Monroe, Louisiana
Date: February 7th-8th, 2014
\Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

American Graffiti (Justin Cluster)
Ballistic (Mac Plecker)
Heavy Medal (Joe Nichter)
Holman’s Beast (Bobby Holman)
Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell)

Featured Links

www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
www.StraightUpRacing.com
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Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – West Monroe, LA 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Ike Hamilton Expo Center
Location: West Monroe, Louisiana
Date: February 7th-8th, 2014
Photographer: Matthew Ison

Truck Lineup

American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Ballistic (Mac Plecker), Heavy Medal (Joe Nichter), Holman’s Beast (Bobby Holman), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Lake Charles, LA 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Date: January 11th, 2014
Photographer: Matthew Ison

Truck Lineup

American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Identity Theft (Brad Keller), Project X (James Chandler), Reverse Racer (Gabe Montoya), Sudden Impact (Roddy Fahnestock), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

TMB TV: Original Series 6.3 – Monster X Tour – Chico, CA 2013

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Episode Information

Episode: Original Series 6.3
Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Location: Chico, California
Date: April 12th-14th, 2013
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers: Colby Marshall, Ross Z. Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

American Graffiti – Justin Cluster
California Kid – Tehvyn Goodwin
Reverse Racer – Ed Miller
Rock Star – Bill Payne
Titan – Donald Epidendio
Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 – Darron Schnell

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.E3SparkPlugs.com
www.EpidemicMotorsports.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
www.StraightUpRacing.com

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TMB TV: Highlights – Monster X Tour – Highland Heights, KY 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: The Bank of Kentucky Center
Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Date: February 8th-9th, 2013
Videographer: Chris Parrish

Lineup: American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Bigfoot Nation #10 (Tim Missentzis), Bucked Up (Brad Keller), California Kid (Kevin Post), Reverse Racer (Ed Miller), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Chico, CA 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Silver Dollar Speedway
Location: Chico, California
Date: April 14th, 2013
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), California Kid (Tehvyn Goodwin), Reverse Racer (Ed Miller), Rock Star (Bill Payne), Titan (Donald Epidendio), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Highland Heights, KY 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Bank of Kentucky Center
Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Date: February 8th-9th, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Bigfoot Nation #10 (Tim Missentzis), Bucked Up (Brad Keller), California Kid (Kevin Post), Reverse Racer (Ed Miller), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

TMB TV: ActionTracks QuickClips – Monster X Tour – Highland Heights, KY 2013

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Episode Information

Episode: ActionTracks QuickClip 4.1 & 4.2
Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: Bank of Kentucky Center
Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Date: February 8th-9th, 2013
Videographer: Chris Parrish
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Featured Monster Trucks

American Graffiti – Justin Cluster
Bigfoot Nation #10 – Tim Missentzis
Bucked Up – Brad Keller
California Kid – Kevin Post
Reverse Racer – Ed Miller
Rock Star – Bill Payne
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Featured Links

www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
www.E3SparkPlugs.com
www.MarshallPublishingInc.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
www.StraightUpRacing.com
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Jim & Christopher Allen’s Del Mar / Pomona Coverage

TMB is always proud to bring you great coverage from our friends out west, Jim and Christopher Allen, and this week that means lots of great photos and all the details from the 2010 Del Mar and Pomona, California events. Check the coverage out below and thanks to Jim and Chris for another job well done:

“Once again WGAS Motorsports invited teams of monster trucks to perform at Del Mar California’s San Diego County Fairgrounds and the fan favorite July 4th “KaBoom!” in Pomona. The teams were “Living the Dream Racing’s” own “Time Flys” and “Fired Up” driven by Kelvin Ramer and Justin Cluster, both “Obsession” and “Obsessed” with Rick Swanson and Eric Swanson behind the wheels and representatives of “2Xtreme Racing” in the form of Russell Steeley in “Iron Outlaw” and Jim Creten, as always, driving “Bounty Hunter”.

Shout-outs go to Ron Johnson in his old school monster truck, the T-C Pig Ranch sponsored “Hog Wild”, who had some t-shirts to give away and Jake Blackwell’s awesome ride truck, the Thrasher Racing owned “Extinguisher” , who gave rides to fans young and old all weekend long.

The first monster out was “Fired Up” and his freestyle performance set the stage as each driver tried to top the next. Rick Swanson showed why he was the Undisputed Champion from this event one year ago, doing very nice cyclones and rarely laying off the throttle; so much in fact, that steam was coming from the engine area as “Obsession” left the arena. Russell Steeley put Iron Outlaw through its paces, not stopping until everything on the track was hit. However, during the second show of the day he took the big mountain in the middle of the floor, hard broke the right front wheel off and rolled over slowly. Kelvin Ramer was up next and drove over every obstacle, finishing his final run in the evening show with a cyclone with his hands out the window. But the potential winner possibility goes to the former World Champion in Bounty Hunter, using tons of pure horsepower over every jump, getting great air and continuing long after the 90 second time period. It was a great first day in Del Mar.

For the final day of monster trucks in Del Mar, the first afternoon show was racing only and the second afternoon show was freestyle only. Since only five trucks were competing, this created an interesting race bracket. “Bounty Hunter” would automatically be seeded into the semi-finals. Two winners of the heats would join him along with the fastest loser. From there, two finalists would advance and a racing champion would be crowned succeeding that race.

WGAS officials created a Chicago style race course with the finish lines on top of each trucks’ respective starting jumps. In the opening round, fan favorite Kelvin Ramer in “Time Flys” took out his own teammate, “Fired Up” driven by Justin Cluster to advance to the semi-finals and a shot at Jim Creten and “Bounty Hunter”. In the other quarter-final race, 14 year old Eric Swanson with “Obsessed” was on his way to victory over his own father in the team truck when he aver drove the final turn. Rick swapped trucks and raced “Obsessed” for the remainder of the racing show.

The top half of the semis would see a close race between the former Monster Jam World Champion Jim Creten and the driver of the 1934 Ford, Kelvin Ramer. It was close, but the win goes to “Bounty Hunter” after Ramer spent too much time in the air over the second jump. Fastest loser “Fired Up” was denied a second shot at the championship round after following “Obsessed” across the finish line. The final race was dead even until the final turn when Jim Creten pulled away for the racing trophy.

The final show from Del Mar for the year would be the only time freestyles were scored. Eric Swanson, back in “Obsessed”, got some great air with a sky wheelie and was in the middle of his first donut when he hit one of the racing ramps, breaking the bead on the left rear tire, flattening it. The judges gave him a 14 out of a possible 40. The “Fired Up” driver continued to with the freestyle competition and took the lead with a 28 point score. Next came “Time Flys” and “Obsession”, both of which hit all of the obstacles and took the lead with a score of 38.5. But there was a former Freestyle champion in the house, and he hit everything the track threw at him and got the undisputed big air of the weekend. He missed the perfect score by just one point, but it was enough to get back on the winner’s stage at Del Mar.

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with five of the top monster trucks in the world? But not just monster trucks, also on hand were four high-flying, death defying FMX riders including Jimmy Fitzpatrick as the sole representative of the infamous Metal Mulisha. Finally, the “KaBoom!” tradition continues with a fireworks display as the grand finale.

The five trucks competing in Chicago-style racing and freestyle on some of the biggest obstacles Pomona monster truck fans have ever seen include Kelvin Ramer with “Time Flys” and the teams of “Obsession Racing” with Eric Swanson behind the wheel of “Obsessed” along with his father Rick driving “Obsession” and the “2Xtreme Racing” trucks of Iron Outlaw driven by Nick Owens and Jim Creten, as always, behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter. Before the monsters hit the track, some of the FMX riders performed amazing airborne stunts including back flips.

As “Time Flys” got the bye in the racing bracket and would wait to race until the semi-finals and would take on the winner of the first heat in Round 1. A fast loser would also advance and face the winner of the second heat of Round 1, making a four truck competition in the semi finals. From there, a standard four truck bracket was in place. All hopes of Eric Swanson avenging his loss to his father in Del Mar were dashed as he took the last turn too wide and “Bounty Hunter” showed who was boss in the second heat against his team truck, “Iron Outlaw”. “Obsession” would move to the finals as Kelvin Ramer made the same mistake as Eric during the run of “Time Flys”. The next scheduled race was the rematch Nick Owens wanted with the Bounty Hunter, but it never happened as a problem with the RII prevented Iron Outlaw from making it to the starting line and forfeiting the race. WGAS officials went straight to the finals between “Bounty Hunter” and “Obsession”. “Bounty Hunter” was too fastest and crossed the finish line first and was the racing champion.

Freestyle featured both the small jumps from racing, two additional wheelie obstacles, two sets of motor homes, a large single jump and a HUGE double jump. There was also a “concession stand” on the dirt arena. That’s correct, a concession stand! Iron Outlaw put on an excellent opening freestyle. Eric Swanson emerged next, and got some huge air over the double jump. He earned a 35 out of a possible 40 for his efforts. Rick wanted to keep up the momentum but the transmission had other ideas, breaking an input shaft after just a single jump. “Time Flys” earned a perfect 40 from the judges, but Jim Creten had other ideas about who would be the victor. He hit every obstacle and did some great wheelies and donuts. He then hit the concession stand setting off the first fireworks of the evening. The crowd’s ovation left no doubt as to who was the winner. Scores were never given for “Bounty Hunter”, but Jim didn’t care. No fan was sitting down as Jim had done what he needed to do.

WGAS creator and primary promoter John Borba was on hand, and was told by an anonymous fan that this was the best freestyle motocross and monster truck show the fan had ever seen. Fans were then treated to a great 4th of July fireworks show. Thank you for reading, enjoy the photos, and cheer on.” – Christopher Allen

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Monster Truck Show – Del Mar, CA – 07/02-03/10

Event:  Monster Truck Show
Venue:   San Diego County Fairgrounds
Location:  Del Mar, California
Date:  July 2nd-3rd, 2010
Photographer:  Jim Allen

Lineup:  Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Fired Up (Justin Cluster), Iron Outlaw (Russell Steeley), Obsession (Rick Swanson), Obsessed (Jeff Jones), Time Flys (Kelvin Ramer) [Read more…]