Welcome to another MONSTER BLOG coverage, the second one to be completed
featuring an event attended by my parents, Lauren & Lynette Bonar!!
After attending a great show in early December put on by the folks at
Torgerson Motorsports they made the trip down to Glendale from their home in Tuba City, AZ, which ended up
being about a 6 hour drive.
It was a hectic time getting prepared for the trip, as my parents had only just returned from visiting us for the holidays here in Missouri. After making the 17 hour trip home to Tuba City, AZ, only days later they would be heading out for the weekend to Phoenix for the Torgerson show Saturday night.
The Glendale event would mark the first event of the season for the Torgerson Motorsports crew and they pulled out all the stops to feature a great lineup in their first show, including 8 trucks and 2 ride trucks. The show would be held at the Glendale Arena, and would feature Wheelie, Racing, and Freestyle competitions, as well as Freestyle Motocross.
My parents would be attending the second night of this two-day show. On Friday night, it was Don King in Bearfoot taking the Wheelie Competition win, while Dan Runte in Summit Bigfoot would take the Racing & Freestyle wins. Tonight, the eight truck field was ready to do battle once again, so without further delay, let's take a look at the lineup!!
THE LINEUP OF MONSTER TRUCKS
UNNAMED & UNTAMED
This awesome field of trucks featuring such stars as Bigfoot, Bearfoot, and Monster Patrol was ready to go, let's take a look at some of the pre-race activities!!
The Pit Party was a big success Saturday night as hundreds, and maybe even thousands of people showed up to see the trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers, and get some autographs!
My parents only got a chance to talk with Dan Runte for a couple minutes, but they were very impressed by Bigfoot's star driver, and looked forward to seeing him in action.
After the Pit Party was over, it was time to clear the floor and get the arena ready for action. The trucks would be parking in the far side of the arena where space was limited, which led to some close quarters for parking the massive monsters.
After the Pit Party ended, the track was opened up to the ride trucks in attendance, the Boogie Monster out of the Sturges stable, and Don's Monsters' Mardi Gras Monster.
The show got started with opening ceremonies, including the national anthem, and my mother, Lynette Bonar, got this great shot of the American flag flying high in the arena.
THE WHEELIE CONTEST
The very difficult task of opening the show fell to Don King in el Bandito. He would be the first truck up in the Wheelie Competition, and it was up to him to kick off the show in a way that would get the fans' adrenaline pumping. King was up to the task on this evening, standing the el Bandito truck straight up and down not once, but twice, for an awesome opener to the event, and setting the bar very high for the rest of the competition.
UNNAMED & UNTAMED
Next up would be Sam Sturges in the Unnamed & Untamed ride. He too performed well, getting a nice wheelie on his first attempt. On his second, Sturges only got a decent sky wheelie on the carset, but rode the bounce off the cars into a pretty cool slap wheelie. Another nice run for the fans to consider for best Wheelie on the evening.
Animation of Unnamed's second wheelie attempt!!
Rex Smith was next up in the Monster Patrol truck. After an average hit on his first try, Rex got an awesome sky wheelie on the second attempt, coming very close to the best one by King in el Bandito. But in the opinion of my father, Don King was still the leader in the contest.
Torqzilla would follow Monster Patrol, and it would be Larry Quick behind the wheel. Quick got decent results from his first attempt, but it was his second that will be remembered (not pictured). Larry got one of the best sky wheelies of the night, and it would be a definite contender for the win.
Don King was back in the driver's seat, pulling double duty, driving his usual ride, the famous Bearfoot monster truck. King couldn't quite muster up a wheelie that matched up to his previous effort in el Bandito, in either of his two attempts in Bearfoot.
Awesome Kong would continue the trend of strong entries into the Wheelie contest with two above average attempts. While the run probably would not contend for the win, Awesome Kong did make a nice showing for the Glendale crowd.
Ronnie Sturges rolled out in Nasty Boy next, and he sure gave the fans their money's worth in the Wheelie Competition. Sturges took not just the standard two attempts, but made four full attempts, each time getting a very solid wheelie. Like Sam Sturges in Unnamed & Untamed, Ronnie used the bounce on his last hit to pull a quick slap wheelie for the fans!!
The last truck out for the Wheelie Competition was the star of the show, Dan Runte in the Summit Bigfoot!! Runte made two hits on the cars, with the first one being his best, getting the truck vertical over the cars for a great Wheelie!!
Overall, the best Wheelies of the competition were by Don King in el Bandito, Rex Smith in Monster Patrol, Larry Quick in Torqzilla, and Dan Runte in Bigfoot. In the end, it was our good buddy Larry Quick in Torqzilla taking the Wheelie Competition win to start off the evening!! Click below to move on to the racing portion of the show!!