- Sneek Peek at Rob French's New Monster Corvette body!!
- Bendigo Monsters Tour of Destruction Recap!!
- TheMonsterBlog.com Inside Look--Monsters Down Under!!
- Sneak Peek at the New Barbarian monster truck!!
- Kyle Doyle's latest "Behind the Scenes" article now posted!!
- Update With Joe Sylvestor of Bad Habit!!
- Happy Thanksgiving from The Monster Blog!!
- First Look at the New Reaper Scheme!!
- Update With Rich Blackburne!!
- CFP Press Release--
A Monster Corvette!!
- McGruff Team Update!!
- Further T-Maxx Clarification!!
- New "YouTube.com Monster Truck Video of the Week" feature!!
- T-Maxx X:Drive runs at Monster Spectacular in Montreal, Quebec!!
- SMTS Press Release!!
- BIGFOOT Releases New DVD!!
- Schedule Update!!
- The Monster Blog's "2007 Preview Series: Interview With George Eisenhart" Posted!!
- Firebird Truck & 4x4 Nationals Coverage Posted!!
- More Photos From SEMA Courtesy of
- Reaper Racing 4x4 Debuts New Website!!
- Bigfoot at SEMA!!
- Andrew Palochko's EuroBlog #6 from Lisbon, Portugal!!
- WGAS Motorsports 2007 Crew Search!!
- Monster Blog Update!!
THE MONSTER BLOG
PICTURE OF THE MONTH!!
Photo by: PATRICK CARROLL
Sneek Peek at Monster Corvette!!: The Monster Blog has received a first look at Rob French's new Monster Corvette body, currently being prepared for the 2007 season!! The body will sit on a Patrick chassis, and the new truck is set to debut at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, MO January 5th-6th. The Monster Blog will be on hand to cover all the action in Cape Girardeau as Rob French begins his run at the 2007 CFP Winter Nationals Championship!! Thanks to Rob and Bryan Wagner for the photos and news story, and be watching for more on this exciting new truck right here on The Monster Blog and at WildfireMotorsports.com!! (11/30/06)
Bendigo Monsters Tour of Destruction Recap!!: The Australian Monsters Tour of Destruction continued this past weekend with a Saturday evening show at the Bendigo Showgrounds in Bendigo, Victoria. The event would feature Outback Thunda, Captain Crusher, Monster Patrol, Bearfoot USA, and Wild Thing. It was Clive Featherby himself in Outback Thunda narrowly beating James Tigue II in Monster Patrol in the Timed Runs and Wheelie competitions, while James would come back to edge out Barry Gaunt in Bearfoot USA for the Freestyle victory. Expect to see more show recaps and coverage of the Monsters Tour of Destruction series here on The Monster Blog throughout 2007, and thanks to Clive Featherby for the update!! (11/28/06)
Inside Look--Monsters Down Under!!: TheMonsterBlog.com 2007 Preview Series continues as we take an Inside Look at the Australian Monsters Tour of Destruction with owner Clive Featherby. Read about how far the KC's Fireworks promoted monster truck series has come in the past few years, some of the challenges it has faced, and where Clive sees it headed in the next couple years. Thanks to Clive for taking the time out to speak with us, check out the article by clicking the link below now!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (11/26/06)
Click here to view the article now!!
Sneak Peek at the New Barbarian!!: Ka-Boom Motorsports owner / driver Devin Jones was kind enough to shoot us over a couple pictures of the brand new Barbarian monster truck, which is currently being built at Devin's shop in Miami, OK. Having run the old Barbarian monster truck chassis for the past couple years as Road Rage, Devin brought back the Barbarian name at the end of this year at the Bolivar, MO U.S. Smash Nationals. Since then, much progress has been made on the new chassis, and Devin is hoping to be able to test out the new truck in a couple of weeks. Thanks to Devin for sending us this sneak peek at the new truck, and be watching for more exciting things from the Ka-Boom Motorsports Monster Truck Racing Team!! (11/26/06)
Behind the Scenes With KD!!: Monster Blog Special Contributor Kyle Doyle has submitted his latest "Behind the Scenes" blog article, which is a must read as always. Read along as Kyle takes you through the city of Chicago, and through the tear-down and re-build process of Mark Hall's Raminator!! Check out the article now by clicking the link below and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let Kyle know what you though of his work. Thanks & Enjoy!! (11/25/06)
Joe Sylvestor Motosports Gears Up For 2007!!: Joe Sylvestor is the latest driver to send The Monster Blog some information on their plans for 2007, and all we can say is, keep 'em coming everybody!! Joe and the Bad Habit team have got some exciting things in the works, let's take a look at what all they have in store for the coming season!!
The New Hauler: Joe Sylvester Motorsports has acquired a new Freightliner motor home and stacker trailer from Powerhouse Conversions! The motor home is 22 ft long and is furnished inside with oak fixtures, a full size bathroom, a bedroom, a kitchen, and a dining area with a pull out coach. The stacker trailer is 35 ft long with a ramp door operated by a winch system to allow the crew to roll things in and out of the trailer easily. Joe would like to thank Steve from Powerhouse Conversions for the quick turn around time and awesome job on the new hauler!
The Race Truck: The monster is back in the shop and is literally torn to pieces to prepare for the '07 season. The 572 cubic inch Chevrolet motor is being rebuilt by Scott Koffel of Koffel's Place in Huron ,Oh. Koffel's Place is a prominent engine shop trusted throughout the tri-state area in motor sports and will be a support sponsor of Joe Sylvester Motorsports in 2007. The turbo 400 race transmission and spare have both been refreshed by Abruzzi racing transmissions out of Niles, OH who will also be a support sponsor in 2007. New axle housings are being custom fabricated by Mad 4WD of North Lima, Oh. Mad 4wd is a leader in the offroad rock crawling and trophy truck industry that specializes in axle housings and custom fabrications and will continue their support of the Joe Sylvester Motorsports Team in 2007.
Crew Chief: Joe Sylvester Motorsports is looking for a crew chief for 2007. Experience with monster trucks is a plus but is not required. Must be clean and professional and be willing to travel. A class "A" CDL liscense is not required but will allow for higher salary. "We want someone who is just as enthusiastic about the sport as we are to be an integral part of our operation." Resumes and questions can be sent to Joe@joesylvestermotorsports.com.
First Quarter 2007: Joe Sylvester Motorsports and the Bad Habit Monster Truck will be running with Checkered Flag Productions, Goliath Enterprises, Monster Jam, and The Monster Nationals. "I am very excited about our schedule for the first quarter of 2007. The truck will be fresh and tight and I will be ready to rock and roll!" Head over to JoeSylvesterMotorsports.com to see when they will be rolling through your town in 2007!
MTRA: Joe Sylvester is an MTRA class "B" driver and is about half way to getting his class "A" liscense. "I hope to have my class "A" license by the end of the first quarter." The Bad Habit truck has also undergone a few modifications and will be certified in '07. "I look forward to seeing everyone at the banquet next month and finally getting the chance to meet Bob Chandler and check out the Bigfoot shop!"
Thanks Joe, for the updates, we look forward to seeing you at the banquet!! (11/24/06)
Happy Thanksgiving From The Monster Blog!!: Hey all, Ross Bonar of The Monster Blog here. Just wanted to take a second today and wish all of you who visit the site a very Happy Thanksgiving from myself, my wife Rajeana, my son Zane--also from my parents Lauren & Lynette out in Arizona, and all of the folks who help here with The Monster Blog. We have many, many things to be thankful for today--and everyday. In that spirit, I would just like to thank all of you, the fans, for your support of the site. Thanks to the teams and promoters for all their hard work each year to put on the shows that make up the sport we all love. We are gearing up for a big 2007, and we also thank all of our sponsors who make that possible. Now, let's go enjoy some good food, and hey, we've even got a couple news updates here for you for after dinner!! (11/23/06)
First Look at New Reaper Scheme!!: The Reaper is getting an all new look for 2007, and owner Larry Quick was kind enough to give The Monster Blog an exclusive preview of the new design! Working with the fine folks at Vinyl Images, Inc., Larry and the team have come up with a sharp new design that is sure to stand out as the Reaper tours the country this year. Larry and crew are traveling down to Fenton, MO to have the new scheme applied by Vinyl Images next week, so expect more pictures of the finished product right here on The Monster Blog!! It appears as though Vinyl Images has another winner on their hands, and Larry Quick wanted to make sure to send them out a big thank you for their hard work. For more information on the Reaper, check out their website at ReaperRacing4x4.com, and for more on Vinyl Images, Inc., head on over to VinylImagesInc.com!! (11/23/06)
Blackburne To Debut Viper!!: Rich Blackburne was kind enough to drop a line to give us a preview of what he has planned for the upcoming season. Demon fans, get ready for the Viper!! This will be the new name of the truck driven by Rich Blackburne for at least the first part of 2007. According to Rich, it was a change that some promoters wanted, and he is really hoping the new name and graphics will appeal to fans. Rich is excited to debut the new paint scheme, and will do so at the CFP Winter Nationals in Trenton, NJ January 5th-6th.
fourth overall on the CFP tour last year, Rich is ready to run for the top
spot and will have some new sponsor support behind him!! RTB
Enterprises is now sponsored by Sign Options / Crazy Fish Graphics out of
the Chicago, IL area. They will be vinyl wrapping the body and the hauler
for the 2007 season.
Happy Thanksgiving from
(Bridgeport, TX) We stuff ‘em, bake ‘em, broil ‘em, even deep fat
fry ‘em and then cover ‘em up with gravy and feast on old Tom Turkey as we
sit with friends and family and give Thanks for all we have. Soon after we
stuff ourselves and finish talking all the things we do with family we
have not seen for many months, our minds drift away to racing!
New Trucks: We have a bunch of new trucks on tap for our 2007 tour. Most notably will be the T-Maxx and Sudden Impact trucks that will be running for the Winter Championship. Last year they ran a limited schedule, but this year you will see them on the schedule almost every weekend. The other guy to watch will be Rob French in his Monster Corvette!! It’s an all new Corvette bodied racer with an all new Patrick chassis and a huge motor. French says, “We are not coming back to the CFP Series half-prepared. Two years ago I brought the Bad Boy truck out and almost won it and that truck was nothing compared to what I am bringing now! This time I am bringing a huge advantage and that is me with a good attitude and a kick butt truck!"
New Rules: This year a truck only has to have 5 nights of racing to qualify for the Championship Point Average. Also this year the 3 spectators will judge the Freestyle portion of each event, and that is how we will establish freestyle points.
There are also new
venues this year, including the addition of Cincinnati Gardens - among
several others that are being negotiated now. Last year the series drew
National exposure of being the only Indoor Monster Truck Racing Series and
it went down to the wire to present a Champion, and that ended up being a
privateer effort. Not Team Bigfoot or Team Ram that had factory sponsored
involvement and hired pilots for their trucks…oh no, it was Brad Campbell
beating all them and more in the final race of the year in Pocatello at
the ISU Dome on Saturday night, April 8, 2006. Monster Moose was the
victor and he did it winning racing and freestyle points for the night.
McGruff Team Update!!:
The McGruff crew is hard at work in preparation for the 2007 season and
owner Rod Wood took a moment to give TheMonsterBlog.com an exclusive
update!! The team is currently making some minor additions to the
paint scheme used at the Sanderson Ford AMP Tour event earlier this year,
but that will be the look of McGruff for the beginning of '07. McGruff is
currently booked with Live Nation Motorsports to run at this winter's
Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Tucson Monster Jams, and will also make
appearances for WGAS Motorsports and other promoters throughout the year.
New Monster Blog Feature!!: TheMonsterBlog.com is always looking for new and exciting features to bring you, the fans, and we are proud to introduce the YouTube.com Monster Truck Video of the Week!! YouTube.com has become a great place to find monster truck video clips from all over the country, and we will be selecting one of those to feature each week here on the site!! YouTube.com allows users the option to allow private websites to "embed" videos they upload, if they so choose. This technology is what allows TheMonsterBlog.com to provide this feature. The videos we feature are the property of their original authors and YouTube.com. TheMonsterBlog.com will not be featuring any videos taken at shows where we are aware that the promoters maintain "No Video" policies, such as at LiveNation Monster Jam events. Having said that, we have selected not just one, but TWO videos to kick off our new feature, both coming to you from the 11/18 Chris Arel Motorsports Spectacular in Montreal, Quebec--check it out now by heading to our new YouTube Monster Truck Video of the Week page!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (11/21/06)
Further T-Maxx Clarification:
The fallout from the appearance of the T-Maxx X:Drive monster truck
continues today with further clarification of the situation from Traxxas
and Sudden Impact Racing. We were provided the following:
T-Maxx X:Drive Runs In
The Chris Arel Motorsports Spectacular took place at Olympic Stadium in
Montreal, Quebec this past Saturday,
the truck lineup featured a surprise competitor--Steve Hearly driving
T-Maxx X:Drive. This has caused some confusion, as many fans are familiar
with the Traxxas T-Maxx monster truck out of the Sudden Impact Racing
stable. The following information is courtesy of Brandon Legarde of SIR to
help clarify the situation.
(Photo By Toto Gingras, Courtesy ChrisArel.com)
SMTS Press Release -
New Website!!: (Ocala, FL) A brand new Southern
Monster Truck Showdown.com webpage has been in the works since August, and
all the hard work has finally paid off with the official launch of the all
new Southern Monster Truck Showdown.com webpage.
BIGFOOT Releases New DVD!!: Bigfoot4x4, Inc. has released a new DVD, "Bigfoot In Action 2", now available on Bigfoot4x4.com!! Packed full of the seven touring BIGFOOT monster trucks in action, feel the excitement of near misses, great wins and spectacular freestyles!! Plus, get behind the scenes as you see an engine being changed, a body being lettered, and much more!! Also, featuring action footage of BIGFOOT #1 and #5. The DVD is approximately 74 minutes in length. Click here for purchasing information!! (11/20/06)
TheMonsterBlog.com Event Schedule!!: Those of you who visit The Monster Blog regularly are familliar with the fact that our monster truck Event Schedule is the most complete you will find anywhere. We don't note on the main page when we do updates on the Schedule because updating the Schedule has become a given--we add new events almost every day!! As we continue to look at things coming up for 2007, make sure to check out the Schedule page, because we already have the full event schedules for USHRA, Special Events, Checkered Flag Productions, Monster Nationals, Chris Arel Motorsports, and the Australian Monsters Tour of Destruction posted!! We also have listed individual events from AMP Live Events, Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular, Extreme Monster Truck Nationals, and TBO Entertainment while we wait for their full schedules. Check out the most complete monster truck Event Schedule now to see when monster trucks are rolling into your town in 2007!! (11/20/06)
TheMonsterBlog.com Interviews George Eisenhart!!: The Monster Blog is proud to debut our newest series of feature articles: TheMonsterBlog.com 2007 Preview Series. Over the next month and a half, we will be speaking with some of the industry's leading personalities and getting the scoop on what to look for in 2007. We would like to thank George Eisenhart, CEO of Image Promotions, promoter of the Monster Nationals series, for being the first to step into the interview seat. Check out our interview with George, and make sure to stop by the Fan Forum and give us some feedback. Thanks & Enjoy!! (11/18/06)
Click here to view the interview now!!
HUGE Firebird Coverage Posted!!: We have just completed TheMonsterBlog.com's Tire Pros Truck & 4x4 Nationals Coverage and it is HUGE!! Over 250 awesome pictures by my father Lauren Z. Bonar and the story of the whole weekend of monster truck action!! The shows at Firebird are becoming legendary in the monster truck industry due to their first rate production and this year's fall event was a prime example of that level of excellence. See Summit Bigfoot, Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Maniac, Jurassic Attack, Nasty Boy, and Unnamed & Untamed go wild in four freestyle-only shows!! Check it out now by clicking the link below and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum to let us know what you think. Thanks & Enjoy!! (11/16/06)
More Photos From SEMA!!: After seeing our story highlighting Bigfoot's appearance at SEMA, renowned monster truck photographer Eric Stern (MonsterTruckRacing.com) was kind enough to send us more photos from the event. In addition to Bigfoot's unique and eye catching display, SEMA also saw the debut of Greg Adams' brand new Annihilator monster truck and the sharp new paint scheme of Amsoil Shock Therapy, out of the Paul Shafer Motorsports stable. Frank Schettini's Monster Jerky was featured at the Pro Comp Tires display, complete with a large flat screen TV playing all of his MOD highlights from this season. A huge thanks to Eric Stern and Motorsports Photography Unlimited for providing the information and photos!! (11/13/06)
Photos Courtesy Eric Stern & Motorsports Photography Unlimited. Do not reproduce without permission.
Welcome Reaper Racing 4x4!!: TheMonsterBlog.com is proud to welcome Larry Quick's Reaper Racing 4x4 aboard as our newest sponsor and website client!! Larry has been a close friend of the site for some time now, and we are very happy to have him and the team come aboard. Over the past couple weeks, we have been hard at work giving ReaperRacing4x4.com a whole new look and the new site has launched today!! Head on over and check out the new site, and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let us know what you think. Thanks to Larry and the Reaper Racing 4x4 team for their support of TheMonsterBlog.com!! (11/11/06)
(Photo By Brian Stellabote)
BIGFOOT at SEMA!!: This year's annual Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, NV took place last week and there, towering above all the other off-road vehicles on display was none other than the legendary Bigfoot!! Thanks to Bigfoot4x4 for the pictures!! (11/10/06)
Andrew Palochko's EuroBlog--Paris!!: Monster Blog Special Contributor Andrew Palochko is participating in this year's Monster Jam Europe Tour and has been kind enough to write a Blog article here on the site giving a behind the scenes look as the stars of Monster Jam invade Europe!! This edition of Andrew's article details the tour's stop in Lisbon, Portugal. Check it out by clicking the link below!! The tour is drawing to a close, so be watching for the next edition of the EuroBlog!! (11/10/06)
WGAS Motorsports 2007
(Cool, CA) WGAS Motorsports Entertainment, LLC is announcing their
2007 Motorsports Crew Search!! We are now accepting applications for
our 2007 Tour, which will cover Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Nevada,
California and Arizona.
Positions include: Track officials, Track Construction and Removal, Event Production, Secretarial, Announcing and Novelties Sales.
- Crew members are paid on a per-event bases.
For all persons interested in the above opportunity, please send an email containing your name, age, phone #, address, and any relevant work experience to email@example.com!! Visit WGASMotorsports.com for more information!! (11/06/06)
Monster Blog Update!!: Things have been a little slow here as of late, but be assured that this will not last. We're on the verge of the Winter season, and are currently gearing up for 2007, as are many teams and promoters throughout the industry. We are currently working with a couple of teams to create some exciting new websites for them, so be watching for those to be coming out soon. Additionally, we are already working on some exciting end of the year features looking back at 2006. We will also be attending this year's MTRA Meeting & Banquet, which will be held in St. Louis on Saturday, December 9th. Lots of good stuff coming your way, so forgive us for things being a little slow thus far!! Stay tuned!! (11/06/06)
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