- Migues Takes Overall Win Night One In Farmington, NM!!
- Monster Jam On Television This Weekend!
- Bigfoot #1 Tribute Body Completed!!
- Marvel Superheroes Roar Into Monster Jam!!
- Creten Sweeps Montreal, Quick Nails Backflip!!
- Monster Spectacular Returns to Montreal's Olympic Stadium!!
- St. Louis, MO Fall Nationals Video Coverage Online!!
- Jimmy Creten, Bounty Hunter Sweep St. Louis!!
- St. Louis, MO Monster Truck Spectacular Fall Nationals Tomorrow!!
- Bigfoot Bad Boy II Contest Winner!!
- Hall Brothers Racing Teams Up With Hotsy Cleaning Systems!!
- Jim & Chris Allen's West Coast Monster Truck Nationals Coverage!!
- Turlock, CA Photos!!
- Sydney, Australia Photo Gallery!!
- Oklahoma City, OK Video Coverage!!
- Migues, Zimmer 2009 MLMT West Coast Nationals Champions!!
- TMB TV Episode 2.14 - Indianapolis, IN and Bigfoot 4x4 Open House!!
- 12th Annual West Coast Monster Truck Nationals This Weekend!!
Migues Takes Overall Win Night One In Farmington, NM!!: The Del Taco Monster Truck Spectacular is back at Farmington, New Mexico's McGee Park Memorial Coliseum last night and it was Darren Migues in Bounty Hunter taking the overall victory with some high-flying freestyle!! Migues took the opening round of the night, but it was Ronnie Sturges in Nasty Boy making some noise in round two as he narrowly edged out Migues after a run with several huge slap wheelies. Sam Sturges also had a great run in round two, almost going over in Unnamed & Untamed after a big sky wheelie over the cars. The finals would be all Bounty Hunter despite great efforts from Unnamed and Nasty Boy, as well as Joe Miller in Iron Outlaw and Travis Sturges in 1/2 Pint. The monsters are back in action tonight along with tough trucks and quads, so come on out and celebrate Halloween with monster trucks at the McGee Memorial Coliseum in Farmington, NM!! (10/31/09)
Monster Jam On Television This Weekend!!: Just a heads up fans, you can see Monster Jam on some high profile national television shows this weekend. First, tonight you can see Dennis Anderson and Grave Digger as he smashes a 1,700 lb pumpkin on the Tonight Show with Conan O’ Brien at 11:30 EST!! Then on Sunday, November 1st, Tom Meents and Maximum Destruction will appear on ABC’s Extreme Makeover at 8:00PM EST from Owensboro, Kentucky. Great exposure for monster trucks, for more information, check out www.MonsterJamOnline.com!! (10/30/09)
Bigfoot #1 Tribute Body Completed!!: (Hazelwood, MO) Bigfoot 4x4 has completed the brand new body for BIGFOOT #12, and it looks very similar to another famous BIGFOOT monster truck ... BIGFOOT #1!! The truck was completed just in time to show off at the 2009 SEMA show this weekend in Las Vegas, NV. Check back at www.Bigfoot4x4.com soon as we will have more to come on this #1 replica!! (10/29/09)
Marvel Superheroes Roar Into Monster Jam!!:
(Aurora, IL) Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a global
character-based entertainment licensing company celebrating the 70th
anniversary of its founding in 1939, has partnered with Feld Motor Sports,
the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports
entertainment, to feature Iron Man and Spider-Man on custom-designed
monster trucks to perform on the worldwide Monster Jam® tour.
Creten Sweeps Montreal, Quick Nails Backflip!!: The 2009 Monster Spectacular at Olympic Stadium is in the books and wouldn't you know it, Jimmy Creten sweeps again!! It was an incredible event tonight in Montreal as twelve trucks competed in racing and freestyle and Larry Quick attempted to perform the first ever backflip in Canada. Racing would be all 2Xtreme Racing as Joe Miller in Iron Outlaw and Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter marched through the brackets on their way to the finals. In the championship race, Creten would just be too strong despite a valiant effort from Miller as he picked up the huge racing victory.
After racing was completed, Larry Quick rolled out in Ghost Ryder to attempt the monster truck backflip, hoping to be the first to complete one in Canada. Larry nailed the attempt and landed it perfectly on all fours as the crowd of over 45,000 went crazy!!
Freestyle would see great runs from Rick Long in Bigfoot, Joe Miller in Iron Outlaw, and Dan Patrick in Samson, but the battle for the win would be between just two trucks. Breakage claimed heavy hitters like Amsoil Shock Therapy, Avenger and Brutus. Rich Hilgendorf in Weapon 1 put on an amazing freestyle as, after blowing a tire on the second hit, he continued on, launching over the biggest stuff on the floor before a nasty rollover ended his run with seconds left on the clock. It would take an extraordinary effort to beat him but one driver was up to the task.
That driver would none other than the racing winner Jimmy Creten. Creten piloted Bounty Hunter like the pro that he is, getting huge air off everything and keeping up tons of momentum. As time expired, Creten cross-threaded the huge delivery van stack and got hung up, flipping the truck over on its side to end his run. As the crowd erupted in thunderous applaus for Bounty Hunter, there was little doubt that Creten had pulled it off, sweeping Montreal.
TMB sends out a huge thanks to Chris Arel and all of his staff for inviting us up to cover our first event in Canada and for all their hospitality on our trip. Also a big thanks to Team Scream crew member Stephanie Cotnoir for taking Ross Bonar's camera and deliverying the amazing shots you see above and many more. Watch for all of this action in our upcoming episode of TMB TV, premiere date to be announced - with filming by both Colby Marshall and Ross Bonar along with two Track Cams and the on board camera, we have a ton of great footage we will be bringing your way!! Finally a big thanks to all the drivers and teams for their hard work in putting on a show to remember. Stay tuned for more Montreal coverage once we get back stateside!! (10/24/09)
Monster Spectacular Returns to Montreal's Olympic Stadium Saturday Night!!: (Montreal, Quebec) The annual fall Monster Spectacular will rock Olympic Stadium this Saturday night, October 24th with 12 monster trucks, autocross, and for the first time, the monster truck backflip attempt!! Larry Quick's Ghost Ryder will be making its first appearance in Montreal and will be attempting to successfully land another monster truck backflip after having been the first to accomplish the feat in front of a live audience earlier this year.
monster trucks will have an all new track design to tackle that will bring
them to new heights at Olympic Stadium. It will also be one of the best
lineups to ever compete in Montreal, with Bigfoot, Bounty Hunter, Avenger, Amsoil Shock Therapy, Samson, Brutus, Excaliber, Weapon
One, Wrecking Crew, Aftershock, Native Warrior and the aforementioned Ghost Ryder.
St. Louis, MO Fall Nationals Video Coverage!!: The TMB Crew was out in force at this past weekend's Midwest 4-Wheel Drive Fall Nationals Monster Truck Spectacular at the Chafeitz Arena and our video coverage is now online!! Both Kaedon Berry and Colby Marshall were filming as Bounty Hunter, Summit Bigfoot, Predator and Prowler went head to head in wheelie, racing and freestyle contests - now see Kaedon's full coverage and Colby's highlight video by clicking the link below. More coverage coming including great photos from Rajeana Bonar and Diana Marshall - stay tuned!! (10/21/09)
Jimmy Creten, Bounty Hunter Sweep In St. Louis!!: The first Monster Truck Spectacular Fall Nationals Presented By Midwest 4-Wheel Drive was held Saturday night at the brand new Chaifetz Arena in downtown St. Louis and it was Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter sweeping the evening's competitions!! With four of the top trucks in the nation competing in wheelie, racing and freestyle contests, the night was sure to be one to remember. Dan Runte in Summit Bigfoot was charged with the task of bringing home a win for the hometown crowd, but to do so he would have to stop Creten, the winningest driver in monster trucks in 2009, and the cagey veteran Allen Pezo in Predator. The wheelie contest kicked off the evening and despite one great wheelie from Runte, Creten managed to take the win after planting the tailgate in the cars not once, but twice.
With the opening round going to Bounty Hunter, the Bigfoot team was sure to do everything they could to bring home the racing win for the hometown fans. Wouldn't you know it, the finals came down to Bigfoot and Bounty Hunter. In an incredibly close race, Bounty Hunter edged Bigfoot at the finish line by just over half a tire's length making Creten two for two on the night.
Only freestyle would be left for Team Bigfoot to bring home a win for the local fans. After a solid run from Lenny Kuilder in Prowler, Allen Pezo roared to the floor in Predator and put on a great show for the St. Louis fans. Big momentum and one incredible cyclone set the bar high for Bigfoot and Bounty Hunter.
Pezo's freestyle was a tough act to follow and despite a solid effort, Dan Runte and Summit Bigfoot came up just a bit short of the high bar set by Pezo. The St. Louis fans gave a great ovation for their hometown hero and his efforts for the evening.
Jimmy Creten won the right to be the final truck out in freestyle after picking up the racing win and he wasted no time going big in the small Chaifetz Arena. Big wheelies, donuts, great momentum and big air filled Creten's run, but it was going to be a close cheeroff between him and Predator. The crowd was definitely behind Bounty Hunter in the cheeroff for the winner and he would pick up a sweep of the night, but give a call to Allen Pezo for a great run as the call easily could have gone either way.
That concluded a great night of action at the Fall Nationals Monster Truck Spectacular at the beautiful new Chaifetz Arena. It was great to see Team Bigfoot back in competition in downtown St. Louis and a big thanks to Steve Quercio, Ron Woodbridge and all the folks with the Chaifetz Arena for making it happen. Congratulations go out to Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter for taking out the hometown favorite and sweeping the entire evening. A few more folks we would like to acknowledge: Shawn Conners for a great one-man FMX show; Josh Rhodes, Chris Kaelin and Ed Hoorman for a high flying R/C monster truck demonstration; our own Colby Marshall and Kaedon Berry for their great work in track construction and detailing; and everyone with the Land of the Giants truck club for their help in making the event possible. Lots of coverage coming from this one, with great footage from Colby and Kaedon along with some excellent photography from Rajeana Bonar. Stay tuned!! (10/18/09)
St. Louis, MO Monster Truck Spectacular
Fall Nationals Tomorrow Night!!:
All of the action gets started at 7:30PM with gates opening at 6:00PM. In addition to the monster trucks, the event will also feature high-flying freestyle motocross and a 4x4 tug of war. Show up early for the pre-show pit party where you'll have the chance to see the trucks up close, get autographs from all the drivers and purchase a ride on the Predator monster ride truck. For ticket information and purchasing, head on over to www.TheChaifetzArena.com!! This event features a battle for the ages, Bigfoot versus Bounty Hunter, don't be the one to miss it!! (10/16/09)
Bigfoot Bad Boy II Design Contest Winner Announced!!: (Hazelwood, MO) We have a winner! All the people at BIGFOOT 4X4, Inc. and Checkered Flag Productions are proud to announce a winner for the “Bad Boy 2” contest. After going through all the drawings, which included many, many great ideas, we narrowed the choices down, and then finally chose the winning drawing: And the winner is ….. Cale Putnam!!
all the energy and the exciting, over the edge driving of Larry Swim and
the work Team BIGFOOT has done to let him chase the 2010 CFP National
Championship, the truck needed a new look and this design from Cale has
captured all that and more. With this design, the Bad Boy looks stronger
than ever and you can tell BIGFOOT is lurking, keeping a watchful on this
Bad Boy!!” – Ed Beckley, President, Checkered Flag Productions.
Hall Brothers Racing Teams Up With Hotsy Cleaning Systems!!: (Champaign, IL) Hall Bros. Racing is proud to announce that Hotsy Cleaning Systems, the number 1 name in industrial cleaning equipment, has increased their involvement with the team. “Hotsy has been a great partner over the last three years” team co-owner Tim Hall said. “Their first class industrial quality cleaning equipment helps keep RAMINATOR and RAMMUNITION looking good all year long. The monster trucks, the haulers… everything here gets cleaned each week with various Hotsy cleaning machines. I can certainly say they make the best pressure washing equipment I have ever seen!”
As an exciting part of the new agreement, an all
new “Hotsy RAMINATOR” body will be created, and it will be used in select
events and make various appearances in 2010 and beyond. Driver Mark Hall
said “We are very proud of the new Hotsy RAMINATOR. I can’t wait to get it
on the track! I am really glad that the people at Hotsy like what we have
done for them in the past, and want to increase their involvement. I think
that says a lot about our team.”
MLMT West Coast Monster Truck Nationals Coverage!!: The Monster Blog's great friends Jim & Chris Allen attended the 2009 MLMT West Coast Monster Truck Nationals in Red Bluff, CA earlier this month and their full coverage from the event is now online!! Read all the details of the incredible weekend courtesy of Chris Allen and see it all in amazing photos courtesy of Jim Allen. Twelve trucks, three shows and a parade - don't wait, see it all now by clicking the link below!! (10/14/09)
Turlock, CA Central Valley Fall Nationals Photo Gallery!!: This year's annual Central Valley Monster Truck Fall Nationals in Turlock, CA featured eight trucks including Maximum Destruction and Grave Digger, and Chris Cleveland's photo gallery from the entire weekend is now posted!! You'll also see Time Flys, Obsession, Obsessed, TMNT, Bulldozer and Fired Up as the eight truck field competed in three days of racing and freestyle. A huge thanks to Chris for once again sharing his great photos with us, click below to check them out!! (10/12/09)
Sydney, Australia Monsters Tour of Destruction Photo Gallery!!: TMB's good friend from down under, Darryl Smith is back with more great photos from Australia's Monsters Tour of Destruction!! Outback Thunda, Scooby Doo, Taz, Batman, Devil's Taxi, The Undertaker and The Boss made up the lineup for the big show at Sydney's Acer Arena. All of the trucks put on great performances as they ready for the South Pacific World Finals, which is just a month away!! Check out all of Darryl's great photos below, and watch www.MonsterTrucksAustralia.com for more information on the Monsters Tour of Destruction!! (10/12/09)
Oklahoma City, OK Extreme Monster Truck Nationals Video Coverage!!: The annual Extreme Monster Truck Nationals Oklahoma State Fair event was held September 25th-26th and TMB's Kaedon Berry was on hand for all the action Saturday night!! Watch Mike Hawkins in Equalizer, David Smith in King Krunch, Jerry Perry in Brute Force and Isaiah Morales in Hot Tamale battle it out in wheelie, racing, freestyle along with El Matador, Crash Master and Ice. Thanks to Kaedon for the great footage, click below to view the coverage!! (10/06/09)
Darren Migues, Jon Zimmer 2009 West Coast Nationals Champs!!: The 2009 edition of the MLMT West Coast Monster Truck Nationals at the Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, CA is in the books!! TMB guest contributors Jim and Chris Allen were on hand for the three days of incredible action with twelve top trucks going head-to-head in racing and freestyle competition. All the fun started Friday night as Jon Zimmer in Amsoil Shock Therapy would meet Dan Runte in Snake Bite in the racing finals, with Zimmer taking the big first win of the weekend. Zimmer would go on to have a great freestyle that would end up tieing strong runs from Darren Migues in Bounty Hunter and Gary Schott Jr. in Jurassic Attack at the end of the competition. In a great upset victory, Gary Schott Jr. was named the official winner by MLMT officials.
Saturday night would feature more great
competition, but it would be all Darren Migues in Bounty Hunter as he
topped the competition in both racing and freestyle.
With Jurassic Attack on the sidelines with motor problems for freestyle, Bounty Hunter looked to be the odds on favorite to get the overall freestyle title for the weekend. After a great freestyle run, that looked even more likely. But Jon Zimmer put on an amazing run in Amsoil Shock Therapy that saw the truck lose a rear wheel to end his performance. That would give Zimmer the day's freestyle win and in a tough decision for MLMT officials, Zimmer also got the nod for the 2009 West Coast Nationals Freestyle title.
A big thanks to Jim and Chris Allen for covering the event for the blog, stay tuned for their full coverage from the event featuring a detailed write-up and tons of great photos coming later this week! Another thanks to Chuck Plumlee and everyone with the MLMT for their hospitality this weekend and to all the drivers and teams for their efforts. More coming soon! (10/04/09)
TMB TV Episode 2.14 - Indianapolis, IN & Bigfoot Open House!!: TMB TV is back for the second time this week with another all new episode!! For our fourteenth episode of the season, we come to you from the 3rd Annual Midwest 4-Wheel Drive Open House at the home of Bigfoot 4x4 to highlight all of the fun of a Bigfoot versus Snake Bite car crushing showdown as well as all of the action from this year's 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Indianapolis, IN. You'll see eight trucks going all out in racing and freestyle competition at one of monster trucks most historic venues in addition to Larry Swim and Rodney Tweedy's car crushing at the Bigfoot shop. TMB TV Host Ross Z. Bonar is joined in front of and behind the camera by video master Colby Marshall, as Colby takes you behind the scenes from the Indy Jambo. Click below to watch the episode, thanks for watching!! (10/02/09)
12th Annual West Coast Monster Truck Nationals This Weekend!!: (Red Bluff, CA) 12 Monster Trucks will battle for the Championship in Side by Side Racing and go all out to the thrill of the screaming fans in Freestyle! The highly competitive and crazy Thunder Trucks are coming back as they race for cash prizes and trophies!
Gates open on Friday and Saturday @ 5pm, with
Racing starting @ 8pm. Sunday Afternoon gates open @ Noon, with Racing at
2pm. West Coast Monster Truck Nationals kick things off on Thursday,
October 1st, as the trucks parade through down town Red Bluff. Meet the
drivers, get up close and personal with the trucks, and have some fun at
the 12th Annual West Coast Monster Truck Nationals!
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