PHILLY MONSTER JAM!!
FEBRUARY 12TH, 2006 - WACHOVIA SPECTRUM
another MONSTER BLOG coverage, the first to be completed by Special
Contributor Dave VanArtsdalen!! You all know Dave's incredible work
from our Picture of the Week contest, but now you will get to see even
more of it as Dave will be covering events in his area from time to time
for The Monster Blog!! I am very proud to introduce Dave's first
coverage of this year's Philadelphia Monster Jam, so without further
delay, here it is!!
- Ross Z. Bonar - The Monster Blogger
After having a very mild winter in this area, winter finally hit the night before the show!! We awoke the morning of the event finding that 12” of snow had fallen during the night. We had planned on attending the 10:30 AM Pit Party, but by the time we had dug out of the snow it was to late!! We struggled through the snow and made it to the Wachovia Spectrum by 1:00 PM.
I met with the fine folks from Live Nation and completed my registration. Well-known Monster Truck photographer for the USHRA, Andrew Palochko, showed me around the arena and gave me a few shooting tips. The Spectrum is a fairly small arena which up until a few years ago was the home to the Flyers and 76ers. After getting squared away and meeting the drivers prior to the race I went to see if the rest of my group was ok.
THE LINEUP OF MONSTER TRUCKS
The show had a great field of drivers and trucks and we were very excited to see El Toro Loco and The Monster Mutt. The show was reported as being “Sold Out” but only a little over 4000 fans showed up, due to the poor weather conditions. It was actually nice as it provided a lot of room for me to move around without being in the way while shooting. Anyway, let's take a look at the 8 truck field!!
THE BROKER - LOU ANTONOZZI
BLUE THUNDER - TONY FARRELL
EL TORO LOCO - LUPE SOZA
GRAVE DIGGER - CHAD TINGLER
MONSTER MUTT - BRIAN WINSTON
PASTRANA 199 - COURTNEY JOLLIE
TEAM SUZUKI - KATHY WINSTON
TRAXXAS T-MAXX - CARL VAN HORN
THE WHEELIE CONTEST
After Introductions were completed, it was time to get the show rolling with the Monster Truck Wheelie contest!!
First up was Courtney Jollie in Pastrana 199. She hit the stack of cars perfectly and managed a great vertical wheelie off the cars. Unfortunately a rear wheel slipped off the cars resulting in Courtney’s first rollover. The truck was quickly overturned and Courtney was ok. Unfortunately the truck wasn’t and they struggled the rest of the show to keep it running. Courtney came away with a score of 24 for her efforts. Check out the animation below to see the rollover!!
Lou Antonozzi in The Broker followed Pastrana's rollover and managed a score of 16.
Bryan Winston in the Monster Mutt hit the track next. He also received a score of 16 for his efforts.
Next was Carl Vanhorn in T-Maxx who did an awesome wheelie and came away with a score of 23.
Kathy Winston in Team Suzuki followed T-Maxx. Kathy only managed an 18, but it was enough to edge out her husband Bryan.
Tony Farrell in Blue Thunder came out and really attacked the cars, managing a 23 which tied T-Maxx’s score, but still fell short of Pastrana 199 who continued to lead.
EL TORO LOCO
There were now only two trucks left and Courtney was leading with her score of 24. Next up was Lupe Soza in El Toro Loco!! The seasoned veteran wowed the crowd with a performance that earned him a 27, and made him the new leader!!
That now only left one other driver, Chad Tingler in Grave Digger!! The crowd was anticipating a great performance and Chad did not disappoint. He attacked the cars and managed an awesome sky wheelie, dragging the tailgate across the cars!! It was an amazing performance and he received a well deserved score of 29, and the Wheelie contest victory!!
In racing Grave Digger would advance to the semi-finals by defeating Pastrana 199. Blue Thunder would also advance by beating The Broker. T-Maxx had an easy win over the Monster Mutt, and El Toro Loco advanced with a win over Team Suzuki to complete the first round of action.
Carl Van Horn in T-Maxx advanced to the Finals with a win over Lupe Soza El Toro Loco, and Tony Farrell in Blue Thunder also advanced with an upset win over Chad Tingler in Grave Digger!!
The Finals was shaping up to be a great race, but it was all Carl Van Horn in Traxxas T-Maxx,as he had an easy victory over Blue Thunder. Tony Farrell had trouble getting off the line, and that was what handed the win to Van Horn. Congratulations to Carl on the big win!!
Well, with two-thirds of the show now complete, it was time for the eight trucks to go wild in Freestyle!! Click below to continue to page 2 for coverage of Freestyle!!