The Monster Truck FAQ

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Jeff Hawkins

Mar 18, 2004, 4:15:09 AM3/18/04
Archive-name: autos/sport/monster-trucks
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Last-modified: 1999/02/02
Version: 1.15
Maintainer: Jeff Hawkins <>
Copyright: (C) 1997, 1998, 1999 J. A. Hawkins

Recent Changes To This Document

02/02/99 Version 1.15! Added some promoters and a couple trucks! Formatting
changes with more white space!

01/20/99 Version 1.14! Happy new year! A few new URLs.

11/28/98 Version 1.13! Just a minor update to correct a date mistake, a
broken URL and moved `Tornado' Monster Truck to the Mid-West
Listings (He's in Oklahoma!). Ran a Spelling Checker over this
also. Fixed a couple `English' mistakes. There are over 8600 words
in this document and 2000+ which are unique.

11/04/98 Version 1.12! Found some book titles and video (VHS) titles! Look
for them in the Reading list section! Karen at Pace Motorsports sent
a bunch of added info, changes, and some overlooked details.

Added a URL for A Monster Fire Truck and a URL for the Speed Trap
Registry. We needed this didn't we??

Our new home Web Site is coming along nicely!

08/13/98 Version 1.11! Now listing 89 trucks with URLs and 69 without plus 23
ride trucks. Added new address for Pace Motorsports and MTRA. Added
link for the Official Mtra site. Added a new section for Southern
Area trucks and another list of ride trucks. Added a lot of Promoter
info. URLs for Windows Wallpaper and MTM add-on trucks. New Grave
Digger site fully functional at


| Disclaimer |

The author makes no claims as to fitness for any purpose or absence of
any errors, and offers no warranty. Read at your own risk. (Jeff Hawkins)

| The Monster Truck FAQ |

Table of Contents

II. Frequently Asked Questions
III. Reading (and other media) List
IV. Promoters list
V. Suppliers list
VI. The Trucks
VIII. The Events Calender List
IX. Previous Changes

If you own a Monster Truck, Promote shows or are a supplier of parts I will
be glad to list your company name here as space allows. If you have a WEB
Page with Monster Truck Info I'll check it and add a pointer to it after
deciding where it should go. If your page answers a specific question, write
the question out and send it to me with your URL as a answer. You may include
a short textual answer also.

If you have a separate page with a event list/Calendar, send the exact URL
(with page name) to me and I'll include it In the Event Calendar Section!
You should then have a `back button' referencing your main (index.htm) page
on your events page in case the reader wants to further explore your site!

BTW, if you have a Monster Truck or Pulling Truck/Tractor I can create a WEB
Page for you. I will also locate servers to host your page, setup E-mail
systems for you and can even handle your day-to-day mail referring all
important E-mail on for action. Mail can be received while home, in shop
or on the road. Low Fees and solutions that fit your circumstances.


Finding the Latest Version

The latest version of this FAQ will be sent once a month to the relevant
usenet groups.

You can also get the file by anonymous FTP at one of these sites:

Request this FAQ via E-mail by sending a message to:

Enter only the line below in body of message.

send usenet/news.answers/autos/sport/monster-trucks

A HTMLized version is available at:

And Soon:

Before You Write...

Please make sure you have read the latest version of this FAQ (because it's
faster) before writing to the FAQ author with questions. If your question
isn't answered here or you just don't understand then ASK.


Thanks to the many people who have `bent my ear' asking questions at various
motorsport events. Your questions make up the bulk of this FAQ! If you find
this document useful, please let your friends know and tell everybody "I read
it in the Monster Truck Frequently Asked Questions"!

Special Thanks to Penny Chandler of BIGFOOT (R) 4X4, Inc. for allowing me to
use material from The BIGFOOT4X4 WEB page and the many helpful suggestions.

Thanks to Andrew Palochko of `The World of Monster Trucks' for the added info
and for checking over some of my facts.

John Seasock (Sudden Impact M/T) pointed out I forgot the main question, "How
do ya' get in them things?" Thanks John!

Andrew Fielder sent URLs for every truck he has on his pages! Thanks Andrew!

David Weihe sent a bunch of notes about his site and a slew of general
`updates/notes'! Thanks David!

SAMSON (R) is a Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Enterprises, Inc.
Laurelville, Ohio USA

BIGFOOT (R) is a Registered Trade Mark of Bigfoot 4x4, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri USA

II. Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Monster Truck?

A. For the purposes of this FAQ we'll call a Monster Truck a highly modified
four wheel drive vehicle. The most distinguishing characteristic is the
extreme oversize tires.

Most monster trucks are speed and handling enhanced in order to race
similar trucks over obstacle courses usually set up with cars to run over
(crush), dirt ramps to jump, possibly a little water puddle, and a drag
racing style timing system.

Q. What is the MTRA?

A. The MTRA or Monster Truck Racing Association is the organization of
Monster Truck owners, drivers, sponsors, promoters, officials and Fans.
This group exists to promote the sport and to provide safety guidelines
for conducting events.

6311 N. Lindbergh
Hazelwood, Mo. 63042

MTRA has a new address!

MTRA/Donna Purcell
PO Box 2401
Florissant, MO. 63032

Q. Isn't there a second class of trucks now?

A. Yes, Pro-Stock Class. a smaller tire class:

Sam Marino debuted the Raptor and the Pro Stock monster truck class in
June 1997 at the Truck Fest in Charlotte, N. C. Featuring 48" tires
in place of the more familiar 66" tires, the class was developed to allow
more participant growth in the sport. Running a Pro Stock class provides
a cheaper, more realistic method of competing while still keeping the
enthusiasm and principle of full blown monster truck racing.

Currently Sam is exhibitioning up and down the eastern seaboard hoping to
add this additional class to monster truck racing. (Info courtesy Andrew

Q. Why would someone build a Monster Truck?

A. It's a business! Maybe the owner/driver started to build a truck because
the sport seems exciting. Or maybe they own a 4 wheel drive or
performance shop and realize the advertising potential. The costs
involved are just too high for most individuals without a sponsor or a
business purpose.

Q. How many Monster Trucks are there?

A. There are currently 14 trucks in the BIGFOOT fleet alone. You can see a
list of these trucks along with their specifications in the Team BIGFOOT
Section of the Bigfoot home page:

Around the world there are over 500 monster trucks, only 100 or so of
which are full blown racing trucks. Others are exhibition, car crushers,
ride trucks, or promotions vehicles. This includes the majority in the
US. There are several in Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand.

Q. How big are those tires?

A. Sixty Six inches tall by 43 inches wide with about 10 psi of air. They
weigh about 900 lbs. with rims and (sometimes) tubes. Most of these tires
are run tubeless unless a puncture or other problems forces a tube to be

Q. Where does BIGFOOT get their tires?

A. These tires are often used on fertilizer spreaders and are called
flotation tires because they spread the vehicle's weight across a wider
surface. Some Monster Trucks have floated on water with these large tires
on. There is a used market for these tires, too.

Firestone and Goodyear both manufacture 66X43X25 Flotation Tires.

Q. About those tires, I noticed some have the treads cut! How do they
cut those treads?

A. Most of the crews have found a `Ginsu' knife blade mounted in a `Sawzall'
cuts the fastest and easiest. It's still a lot of work!

Q. How big are those engines?

A. The engine in a MTRA certified truck must be no larger than 575 cubic
inches! This refers to the bore or barrel size x the stroke or travel

The actual engine displacement calculation formula is:

Bore in inches (Cylinder Diameter)
Bore Again
X Stroke in inches
X 0.7854 (Factor to account for the cylindrical shape)
X number of cylinders
result Engine displacement in cubic Inches

Q. How fast can a Monster Truck go?

A. BIGFOOT has been driven at over 80 miles per hour. On the quickest
courses, drivers usually can get the truck up to 65-70 mph in a 300-foot
span. Typically indoors, drivers max out at 25-30 mph.

Q. How heavy are most Monster Trucks?

A. Somewhere in the range of 10,000 lbs. For Racing, the bare minimum
is 10,000 lbs, and most trucks will come across the scales at just
about that weight.

Older trucks from the early 80's weighed nearly 20,000 lbs. and
added weight simply because they would look better crushing cars.
However as time evolved and monster truck racing was introduced,
most started using aluminum to replace steel, tubular chassis and
fiberglass bodies to reduce the weight.

There is a proposal to reduce this minimum weight to 9,500 lbs.
in 1998!

Minimum weight now, according to the MTRA, is 9,500 lbs.
(Courtesy Andrew Palochko).

Q. Who makes these fancy shocks?

A. One company is Kuster out of California. Also, Knight Stalker's
Steve Combs has built many shocks for the high tech trucks, such
as Carolina Crusher and Grave Digger.

Q. Who makes those four link frames?

A. Dan Patrick, of Patrick Racing Enterprises, Inc., specializes in
Monster Truck frames and chassis components. Patrick, who also
owns the SAMSON Monster Truck, was instrumental in designing and
building the first ever tubular chassis on Bigfoot 8 back in 1989.


At a recent event I attended, every truck there but one sported a
Dan Patrick frame. One of the trucks was completely built by Dan
for a owner/driver client.

See also the suppliers listings at the end of this document!

Q. How do they move a Monster Truck from one place to another?

A. Most often these are hauled in a semi-trailer with all the tools
and spare parts needed to move and repair the Monster Truck. On a
real short run the truck may be `Wide Loaded' on a flat bed trailer.

Q. How do they get a Monster Truck into the semi-trailer?

A. The crew members remove the big tires and install small tires that
will clear the sides of the enclosed trailers and reduce the
height of the truck to where it will clear the ceiling during
loading and transportation.


A. In most of the new fiberglass body trucks, there is a hatch in the
floor for the drivers to climb up through.

On a older truck, the driver would open the door, grab hold of the
seat and door, push off the front tire and pull himself into the
truck. The hatch is definitely easier.

Q. How does the driver steer the rear wheels? Are they hooked to the
steering wheel also?

A. No, the rear wheels are not hooked to the steering wheel. On most
Monster Trucks there is a toggle switch mounted where the driver
can operate it with his free hand. The center is off and moving
the toggle in either direction cause the rear wheels to steer more
left or right.

Many of these steering systems also have a second switch to select
a automatic centering capability. When the driver removes pressure
on the steering toggle the wheels will return to a centered
(straight ahead) position.

Finally, when side by side racing many drivers mechanically lock the
rear steering at center position by bolting on a locking bar or
aligning a hole in a locking tab on the steering tie rod with a
corresponding hole on the rear housing.

Q. What kind of fuel do they run in a Monster Truck? Do they run
Nitrous Oxide, too?

A. Racing Alcohol is the fuel of choice for most monster trucks. It
runs cooler while producing more horsepower. Nitrous oxide is NOT
allowed by the Monster Truck Racing Association and a monster
truck won't pass Tech. Inspection and will not be certified to
race with an engine injected on it.

Most of these trucks use a little gasoline to start the engine,
either squirting it in by hand through the Blower air intake or
using a auxiliary fuel pump to inject a small amount to the intake

Q. How can I get a ride in a Monster Truck?

A. The Virginia Giant, Bigfoot 4x4, and Grave Digger all have trucks
that have been converted to multi-passenger ride trucks. BIGFOOT #2
has a BIGFOOT Body while BIGFOOT #3 appears as the SNAKEBITE! The
Grave Digger Ride-on is a old Ambulance body!

Other monster trucks which have sister ride trucks include
Excaliber, Pure Pride, Eradicator, Shake-A-Paw, and Small Change.

You can take a ride in one of these enormous trucks at various
events like Street Machine Nationals, Fairs, and of course Monster
Truck Races. Performance Motorsports almost always brings the
Virginia Giant to their shows. There is usually a small charge per
person to ride (or is included as part of general admission).


To see if a "SAFARIFOOT" Truck (Bigfoot or Snakebite) will be in
your area, check out the Appearance Schedule in the Tire Tracks
section of:


The Grave Digger and Eradicator ride trucks are permanently parked
on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey each summer, giving rides to
all of the beach going fans. You'll find these trucks located next
to the NJHRA Office on the boardwalk. (Info courtesy Andrew Palochko

The Grave Digger Ride Truck has its own race course located at
Grave Digger headquarters. Beginning after April 1 of each year,
the Ride Truck is available for rides from dawn till dusk. The
last price I heard was $5.00 per person. Call ahead to be sure.

The Grave Digger Ride Truck can be reserved for birthday parties,
graduations, weddings - you name the celebration, and Grave Digger
will make it a "Monster of a good time!" All reservations are
subject to prior approval, and must be made at least one week in
advance for birthdays, and two weeks in advance for other events.

See also the ride truck listings further on in this document!

Q. Have you ever rode in a Monster Truck??

A. Yes! I rode out for a parade lap and intro in the Equalizer Monster
Trax vehicle! And The Virginia Giant Racer! Plus, I've spent so much
time riding with passengers on The Virginia Giant Ride-On Truck I've
completely lost count!

Q. Have you ever driven a Monster Truck?

A. Gee, I just knew that would be the next Question!

Q. How can I get a Pit Pass??

A. First you need to find out, "Do I need a pit pass?" Pit Passes are given
to Media Representatives and people who are required to be in the Pit
Area during the show! If the event includes a `Pit Party' you won't need
a Pass for that (at most shows)!

If you really need a pass, then call the show promoter, tell them EXACTLY
why you need a pit pass and request one!

According to Andrew Palochko of Truckzone, Pit passes are available on
the USHRA site at Make sure there is a pit party prior to
the event.

Karin of Pace Motorsports added:

Pit passes are not available on our web site, however, if there is a pit
party, information as to where to obtain pit passes locally is always
listed on our events calendar.

Q. What is the killer box?

A. Let's call these by their official name, "Remote Ignition Interrupter"
or `RII'. This is a specialized radio receiver mounted in the truck
and a hand held transmitter tuned to the frequency of the RII. The
transmitter looks like any other `Walkie Talkie' but has the ability
to signal the Receiver with a special code!

The Remote Ignition Interrupter can be used to `interrupt' the
ignition by radio should the truck veer off the track and/or the
driver become incapacitated.

This `RII' attempts to shut off the engine but it doesn't stop or
"brake the truck".

Q. What are the lights in the Windshield for?

A. There are two or three lights mounted in the windshield of most
monster Trucks. One tells the track crew and starters when the
engine is actually running. The other two lights tell the track
official(s) who run the Remote Ignition Interrupters which side
the driver has chosen to run his `RII' receiver box on.

You will see a 2" X 2" sticker in the windshield with a number on
it from 1 to 10. This number is the radio channel number. A letter
also may indicate right or left for use during single performances.

Q. I saw the starter's lights on TV. Where can I get info on building a
set of those for our club?

A. Send me a private E-mail and I'll fix up a wiring diagram and E-mail
it back to you! The lights are just tractor clearance lamps with green
and yellow lens! The battery is a 12 car battery. and the switch is a
`SPDT' (single pole - double throw switch) with center off!

Q. Where can I rent a set of `Stop Motion Video Cameras' and Recorder

A. Find a `Surveillance Equipment' dealer and ask them for prices. Or
work a deal with them! Them things are pricey! And be very selective
where you set it up! You don't need a color system!

I own a B/W betamax system but have not considered renting it! Too much
custom setup work and cabling to get it positioned!

Q. What do they do at the drivers meetings?

A. Usually, there is a drivers meeting before the show, to discuss
the format of the show, any safety issues, and who gives the
signals to move a truck and when. So everybody involved with the
the show knows what is supposed to happen and when.

Q. I know the drivers wear seat belts, helmets and special suits. Can
you elaborate a little on what they have in the truck?

A. The drivers wear fire resistant suits, gloves, a helmet liner and
shoes. They are held into the seat by a standard 5 way racing harness.

The helmets are racing quality Snell Foundation approved (Minimum
rating is Snell 90). Most drivers also wear Helmet Restraints (Straps
running from underarm to clips on sides of helmet)!

Drivers must wear a neck collar and some drivers wear a `kidney belt'
to help absorb the impact compression forces on the spine and neck.

All MTRA certified race trucks must be equipped with a approved
onboard fire retardant system. The vehicle must also have a Halon
or ABC type 2-1/2 lb. (min.) fire extinguisher within the driver's

Q. How much does a Monster Truck cost?

A. Roughly, around $100,000 (not including the engine)! A engine can
cost $40,000 by itself. After that, you have to figure in how much
it costs to maintain the truck throughout the year. The cost of a
vehicle to move the Monster Truck is also a great initial expense.

Q. How long does it take to build a Monster truck?

A. It can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to build a monster
truck. This varies depending on how much time is put into detail
work and how many people are working on the project.

Q. When will BIGFOOT be appearing in my town?

A. For a listing of the most up-to-date BIGFOOT events, check out the
Appearance Schedule in the Tire Tracks section at The BIGFOOT WEB

This schedule is updated every week & has at least one month's
worth of information so that you only get the most accurate
information available. Along with the schedule, you can view
information about the event & get the telephone number of the
promoter putting on the event.

See also the calendar section of this FAQ!

Q. How can I get the autograph of my favorite BIGFOOT driver?

A. There are a few different ways to accomplish this. One way is to
attend an event. A lot of times, there is a pit party before the
races where you can meet the drivers & get their autographs. There
is also a autograph table at many events either during intermission
or immediately after the event.

Q. How can I get a Tee-Shirt of my favorite truck(s)?

A. Check some of the Web pages! Sometimes you can use a Credit Card
over the Web but you might want to fax the card number or use the
telephone instead!

You may order a BIGFOOT picture or t-shirt from the BIGFOOT online
catalog found in the Merchandise section of The Bigfoot WEB Page.
If you want your item autographed, just request that the driver of
your choice sign the item, when placing the order.

Grave Digger has a excellent selection of merchandise. Shirts,
shoestrings, jewelry, and hats. They even have a deck of playing
cards last time I looked.

Most of the shows have a concession area, and sell all kinds of
mementoes including apparel items. And most trucks have a home
shop and are receptive to fan requests.

The "Official Merchandise" section of Pace Motorsport's web site has
T-shirts for several monster truck available. Fans can order Bigfoot,
Grave Digger, Predator, Carolina Crusher, Monster Patrol, and many
other Monster Truck T-shirts and related merchandise on our site.

Q. Where can I find a large group of pictures and Info in one place on
the Internet?

A. Try this site. The World's Largest Monster Truck Home Page:

or Monster Mania with over 2000 pictures and growing:

View this FAQ in HTML with your browser from! See the Major
Web Sites section and the individual truck pages listings here!

You need to check the MTRA home page for Members info.

Pace Motors Sports has extensive biographical information on the Monster
Trucks, drivers, rules and regulations for the USHRA.

Q. I want some Monster Truck Windows Wall Paper. What can you tell me?

A. Here ya' go!

Q. Screen Savers??

A. I don't know of any but you're right there should be some!! There is a
program called Imotion or something like that to make it easy to write
screen savers. I found a Halloween screen saver at the Free Site that
mentioned the program. Let me know if you (or anyone else) comes up with

Correction!!! Barefoot Productions makes a Monster Truck Screen Saver.

Q. Isn't there a computer game? Know any Urls?

A. Check out "Monster Truck Madness" then you can be the driver of
your favorite Monster Truck!

Don't miss The BigFoot Internet Racing Team.

I haven't tried this out but there is some kind of online game
(over the internet) called `the zone' or something like that. You
need a Active X enhanced browser like MSIE 2.0 and Windows 95, or
Windows NT!

And the games home page will even let you download MSIE.

Q. I'm really into Monster Truck Madness II but I want some other trucks?

A. Check these links!

Garret tells me he has made several add-on trucks for mtm1 at Yeastman's
page ( including Stomper, Taurus, and Extreme Overkill.

Q. Just one more game. Please?

A. Do you like trivia? Send your E-mail address to:

Tell him you want to join the trivia game. He'll add you to the mailing
list and once a day you'll receive a E-mail with a trivia question.

Q. How do I become a BIGFOOT Driver?

A. To become a BIGFOOT Driver, you must be 25 years of age & have a
current CDL (commercial drivers license). You need to be in good
physical shape, have knowledge of mechanics, electrical & metal
fabrication before you are even considered for the crew. If you
make the crew, you would most likely serve 2 years apprenticeship
to learn to drive.

Q. I need to find out exactly how to get to a show! How can I get a
Map or directions?

A. Ask the promoter or venue first! If you have or can get the Street
Address (with number) try Yahoo:

Navigate to the maps section and fill in the form to search for a
Map, expand the map if needed and print it out if your printer allows
that (most do now-a-days)!

Also, Maps and directions to any U.S. Hot Rod event are always in the
Venue section of the Ticketmaster web site. Fans can order tickets
online directly from the USHRA (Pace) event schedule page through the
Ticketmaster site.

Q. Is there a mailing list?

A. Yes, TRUCKZONE PRESS! To subscribe visit the main site
and fill out the form with your E-mail address and any other information
where asked. You may also view the archive of previous newsletters.

Truckzone runs a moderated chat every Wednesday night at 9PM EST. We
always have a good assortment of fans, drivers, and promoters. Truckzone
is also working toward implementing a WWWBoard.

There's also the Monster Mania newsletter....


I also run a low volume list from here (Monster Highway BBS) and I'll
be glad to put your name on it. My list is mostly late breaking news
and info I think the Monster Truck (Insiders) community should have!
To post something to it send the message to:

To subscribe to the list use the same address but use the Subject:

"Subscribe your.emai...@your.ISP.TLD"

P.S.: If you want to start a mailing list, do let me know! If I can
help you accomplish this, just ask!

Q. I want to know when there is a change to my favorite Web Pages!

A. Many Web Pages have made arrangements with URL minder services!
Truckzone is one of them and the service they use will send you a
set of instructions on how to add pages to the `minder list'!

Most of these reminder services allow you to add links to your personal
`Watch List'.

Q. How do I `grep' a usenet group?

A. Wrong FAQ, buddy! But if you want to mail out adverts to `qualified'
leads, then check out the FAQ about advertising on Usenet!

Also if you participate actively in a Usenet Newsgroup, the people
there may be very interested in a `venture' or a product/service you
offer. In most business circles it's called networking, right!

Q. How can I find a drivers E-mail address?

A. Try the associated Web Pages! Ask others! Check!

There is also a E-mail addressing FAQ that might help! No, I'm not
going to give E-mail addresses out!

Many of the official truck home sites (Web Pages) are adding E-mail
forms now and Mail-to: addresses! You may use those forms to E-mail
and addresses to contact drivers and crews!

I probably shouldn't mention this but, the sites that have a real
registered Internet Name have a record at Internic (or the Domain
Registry for their country) that may reveal the owner/driver's E-mail

Q. I really need to ask a question of some driver! How can I!

A. See the answers above and below here for more ideas!

Q. Is their someplace I can chat or E-mail to other people interested in
Monster Trucks?

A. Try posting to the Web Board at USA Kids Club, The new MonsterZone Web
Board, Gravedigger's web Board or The Virginia Giant's Framed Web Board:



You might also want to join the on going posts via your news reader.
Point your news reader at:


Look for a group called:


Monsterzone runs live chat every Wednesday evening at 9PM EST. We have a
ever growing attendance with drivers, promoters, and spectators alike.

Q. How can our drivers publish a E-mail address, without clogging their
personal Internet accounts?

A. Rocketmail, Hotmail, Juno, Netaddress, and Cybermail all offer free
or cheap E-mail addresses! If you have a Web Page, your ISP can often
give you more addresses on a server and `MX' the addresses to your
* Domain Name or Machine Name at Domain Name! Cybermail, Netaddress and
* others will even forward the mail to another account if needed!

NetAddress, symetsys, and Cybermail can be retrieved via POP3 also - much
better than WEB only In my Humble Opinion!

Also try:


I usually have a Info Package forsale at Ebay that includes a excellent
list of Free Internet Resources.

Q. How can our drivers get Internet E-mail while on the road?

A. A client package like Net-Tamer can be run on a cheap computer and
call the home base ISP long distance, grab the mail, and log off in
a couple minutes. Usually under three! Some ISPs have local numbers
in the larger cities nationwide also.

These packages read and answer E-mail offline and can be setup with
Fax software and Fax modems to send/receive faxes in the field also!

Also, check with Juno! They have local phone numbers all over the
country. And the National ISPs - Worldnet, AOL, CIS, Maranatha, Delphi
and many smaller ISPs now have national agreements with other ISPs!

Q. I've got a REAL heavy foot!

A. Use your Speed Control! Or try this site! At least you'll have a better
Idea of when to slow down!

III. Reading (and other media) List

I could really use some book titles, magazines and always more URLs
for this section!

Video Tapes:

Biggest & the Baddest Monster Trucks
VHS Tape / Published 1997

Awesome Monster Trucks
VHS Tape / Published 1991

Monster Trucks
VHS Tape / Published 1996

Monster Madness
Monster Trucks / VHS Tape / Published 1997

Turning the Power on
Tnt Monster Trucks / VHS Tape / Published 1990

Monster Trucks at Work
VHS Tape / Published 1997

Grave Digger's Domination

Inside Monster Jam Box Set and/or the individual volumes!


Try Cherry Valley And Amazon Books to order these online!

Published by Chelsey Publishers

The book features a chapter on Dan Patrick & SAMSON, Bob Chandler &
Bigfoot, Tractor Pulls and a History & Terminology Chapter.

Monster Truck Drag Racing (Drag Racing)
Martin Hintz, Kate Hintz / School & Library Binding / Published 1996

Monster Truck Racing
Scott Johnston / Library Binding / Published 1994

Monster Truck Racing (Motorsports)
Scott D. Johnston / School & Library Binding / Published 1994

The Original Monster Truck; Bigfoot
Scott D. Johnston / Library Binding / Published 1994

Monster Trucks
James Koons / Library Binding / Published 1998

Monster Trucks (Rollin)
James Koons / School & Library Binding / Published 1996

Monster Trucks (Action Events)
Jeff Savage / School & Library Binding / Published 1996

The history of monster truck racing. Lists many personalities, events,
types of trucks. More.

Monster Vehicles (Cruisin')
E.J. Atkinson / School & Library Binding / Published 1991

Monster 4-Wheelers
Library Binding / Published 1987

Monster Trucks & Tractors (Race Car Legends)
Sue Mead / Library Binding / Published 1998

Monster Trucks and Hair in a Can
Bill Geist / Audio Cassette / Published 1994

Monster Wheels Fun and Stickers
Cindy Branthoover, et al / Paperback

Maxx Trax II : Monster Truck Adventure
James Preller, Don Bolognese (Illustrator) / Published 1988

Monster Trucks
Michael Benson (Editor) / Published 1994

Monster Trucks
Published 1992

Monster Trucks & Hair-In-A-Can
Who Says America Doesn't Make Anything Anymore?
Bill Geist / Published 1994

Monster Trucks (Poster Books)
Published 1988

Monster Trucks : Car Crushers and Crowd Pleasers
Michael Bargo / Published 1986

Monster Trucks and Other Giant Machines on Wheels
Jerry Bushey / Published 1989

Barry Brazier / Published 1988

Monster Trucks
Bill Holder / Published 1992

Monster 4-Wheelers (Super-Charged)
William G. Holder, Howard Schroeder (Editor)
Library Binding / Published 1987

Ultimate Book of Monster Trucks
Bill Holder / Published 1991

Monster Wheels
Bill Holder, Harry Dunn / Published 1990

Here Come the Monster Trucks
George Sullivan / Published 1989

Here Come the Monster Trucks
George Sullivan (CVB)

Here Come the Monster Trucks
George Sullivan / Turtleback / Published 1992

Here Come the Monster Trucks (Picture Puffin)
George Sullivan / Paperback / Published 1992


Monsters Monthly


10 Copyright myths FAQ

Discusses some common mis-conceptions about copyright matters!


Recreation Pyrotechnics FAQ

I include this FAQ here because of the safety and contact information
contained but I DO NOT encourage experimentation with Pyrotechnics!


Stagecraft FAQ

A lot of simple special effects info and pointers to other documents!


Usenet Advertising howto FAQ

Some of you will want to advertise over Usenet in some manner from
time to time! Here is a great reference about doing it right while
NOT alienating the very people you want to reach!


Emily Post news

A `Tongue in Cheek' look at Usenet mis-behavior I feel is a
excellent companion to the Usenet Advertising FAQ!


Joel Furr FAQ

This FAQ is about Joel Furr and is included here because Joel seems
to represent the zany side of Internet life (IMHO)! He also writes
a lot of the more enlightened FAQ info and contributes to all of
Usenet and the internet!


The Net-Tamer Frequently Asked Questions

This was my (Jeff Hawkins) first attempt at putting together a Usenet
FAQ and covers the DOS based Internet client software called Net-Tamer!

Net-Tamer can be run on a cheap laptop, portable computer, or most
any PC to handle Internet duties while on the road or at home! Makes
a excellent mail client for the crews transporter PC and will grab
E-mail for offline reading then log off to save long distance charges!


IV. Promoters list

PACE Motor Sports, Inc.
United States Hot Rod Association
495 N. Commons Drive Suite 200
Aurora, IL. 60504-8187

Voice: (630) 566-6100 Fax: (630)-566-6180


Performance Motorsports Inc.
121 Mercedes Ct.
Winchester, Va. 22603

Voice: (540)-662-5202 Fax: (540)-662-4332

Diehl (The Virginia Giant) Wilson's Company and my Weekend Employer!
Specializes in Monster Truck Races, Rodeo and Tractor Pulls!


Special Events, The Promotion Company

Special Events, Inc.
804 N. Delaware St.
Indianapolis, IN. 46204-1196

Voice: (317)-236-6522 Fax: (317)-236-6519

Specializes in "automotive events that are fun for the whole
family". Automotive and truck events like the 4-Wheel Jamboree
Nationals and the Street Machine Nationals! Also country concerts
and a circus!


USA Motorsports
United Sports of America
2310 West 75th Street
Prairie Village, KS. 66208

Voice: (913)-384-8930 Fax: (913)-384-8931

Note: USA Motorsports is now part of PACE Motor Sports!


MotorSport Attractions Agency (Rev Prochnow)
P.O. Box 152167
Cape Coral, Fl. 33915-2167


927 SE 16th Terrace
Cape Coral, Fl. 33990

Voice: (941)-458-1777 Fax: (941)-772-3589


Logan Motorsports
Rt 2 Box 918
Cresent City, Fl. 32212

Voice: (904)-698-1678 Fax: (904)-696-6022


Mini Motor Sports of America


Milestone Motorsports


Carlisle Productions
1000 Bryn Mawr Road
Carlisle, Pa. 17013-1588

Voice: (717)-243-7855 Fax: (717)-243-0255


Extreme Motor Sports


New Jersey Hot Rod Association (NJHRA)
PO Box 1256
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260

Voice: (609)-696-5901 Fax: (608)-523-8051

Runs a monster truck race, two car shows, a motorcross race and
hydroplane race on the beach of Wildwood, New Jersey anually.


KSR Motorsports (Jack Brady)
PO Box 1701
Paolia, PA 19301-0345

Annual monster truck and tuff truck points series of 7 races in the
Mid-Atlantic region.


Pro Shows Inc.
3050 Lawrenceburg Rd.
Bloomfield, KY. 40008

Voice: (502)-252-5945


Good Guys Enterprises
34 Alamo Square
Alamo, CA. 94507

Voice: (510)-838-9876 Fax: (510)-820-8241


Western Carolina Productions
P.O. Box 18667
Asheville, NC. 28814

Voice: (704)-628-9626


Buck Motorsports Inc.
250 Bollinger Rd.
Littletown, PA 17340

Voice: (717)-359-4483


Championship Auto Shows
6841 N. Rochester Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI. 48306

Voice: (248)-650-5560 Fax: (248)-650-5571


Raceway Park (Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park)
230 Pension Rd.
Englishtown, NJ. 07726

Voice: (908)-446-7800 Fax: (908)-446-1373


Hall Bros.
1401 County Rd. 2400 N.
Champaign, IL. 61821

Voice: (217)-643-6375 Fax: (217)-643-2017


Patrick Racing Ent.
28358 Tarlton-Adelphi
Laurelville, OH. 43135

Voice: (614)-332-1561 Fax: (614)-332-1157


Monster Patrol Inc.
2336 Samuelson Rd.
Portage, IN. 46368

Voice: (219)-845-2676 Fax: (219)-845-2783


Bigfoot Entertainment Group, Inc. (Steve Wood)
6311 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
Hazelwood, Mo. 63042

Voice: (314)-731-2822


Checkered Flag Productions (Ed Beckley)
P.O. Box 429
Bridgeport, Texas 76426

Voice: (940)-683-4742 Fax: (940)-683-3935


MEG Entertainment
100 W. Hoover, Suite 11
Mesa, Arizona 85210

Voice: (602)-833-1886


Tv-One, Inc.
2115 Butterfield Rd., Suite 100
Oak Brook, Il. 60523

Voice: (630)-620-2660


Dave Matthews
224 Cheyenne Way
Modesto, Ca. 95356

Voice: (209)-571-2854


Performance Productions, Ltd. (Rob Waloschuk)
Box 713
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada S3N-2W8

Voice: (3060-782-6541 Fax: (306)-782-1707


VI. Suppliers list


Diamond P Sports

Simitar Entertainment

Pace MotorSports



Frames and Running Gear

Patrick Enterprises Inc.
28358 Tarlton-Adelphi Rd.
Laurelville, Ohio 43135

Voice: (614)-477-1006 Fax: (614)-332-1157


Remote Ignition Interrupter

Audiax (216)-392-6800

Total Communication (314)-432-2552

Birch Communication (609)-625-3481

Tachometers, Meters and Gauges


Fiberglass Bodies and Body Parts


Creative GlassWorks


Internet Web Page Hosting and E-mail services

Internet Web Page Creation and E-mail services

Jeff Hawkins

Net-Tamer - "Internet in a Thimble"
Integrated Internet Software for Small Laptops up to full PC systems

David Colston
10374 Boca Entrada Blvd. #223
Boca Raton, FL 33428
Voice: (561) 477-6373 Fax: (561) 477-6329


Freelance Motorsports Announcers

Ken Dickinson
Lyndhurst, Va. 22952

Voice: (540)-943-2104 Fax: (540)-943-8308

Outlaw Super Trucks

Wild West Racing (owner Mike West)
22679 Alden Ave.
Alliance, Ohio 44601

Voice: (330)-821-3084


Monster Robots, Inc.
72 Jamestown Beach Lane
Sequim, Wa. 98382

Used Audio Equipment, speaker reconing, warranty repairs

Daddy's Junky Music Stores
4 Raymond Avenue
Salem, New Hampshire 03079

Voice: (603) 894-6492


Reported to be the World's largest dealer in used musical instruments
with over 7000 items in stock. Monthly catalog available.


600 Cecil St.
Buchanan, MI 49107

Voice: (616) 695-6831 Fax: (616) 695-1304

Amplifiers, speakers

JBL Professional
8500 Balboa Boulevard
Northridge, California 91329

Voice: (818) 893-8411 Fax: (818) 893-3639

Amplifiers, speakers

Peavey Electronics Corp.
711 A Street
Meridian, Mississippi 39301

Voice: (601) 483-5365 Fax: (601) 484-4278

Padded and unpadded heavy Cordura equipment covers

Tuki Covers
P.O. Box 2545
Summerville, South Carolina 29484

Voice: (800) 344-8854

Discount items for retail, promotion and/or Give-away

Oriental Trading Co.
P.O. Box 2308
Omaha, Nebraska 68103-2308

V. The Trucks

Trucks are listed with Web Sites when available! I want this section to list
trucks by three or four geographic areas! If you have area Info or want to
change or update a link here please write to me.

I also want to list MTRA Member trucks first and would like to list older
retired trucks separately! What do you think?

| East Coast Area |

Black Stallion 2000

Boogey Van

Carolina Crusher

Grave Digger

Holman's BEAST

Mopar Magic


West Virginia Mountaineer


Virginia Giant

Virginia Beast

Samson http://WWW.Samson4x4.COM

Sudden Impact


Ground Pounder

Mopar Magic (old)

Above & Beyond

Devil's Dodge



Towasaurus Wrex



Thunder Dog

A Monster Fire Truck!!

| Southern Area |

Blown Thunder



Gun Slinger

King Krunch

Krimson Krusher

Miami Thunder

No Problem


Tropical Thunder

| Mid West Region |




Snake Bite

Thunder Beast

Wild Foot

Firestone Wilderness



Monster Patrol


Awesome Kong/ King Kong

Bad Medicine




Extreme Overkill

First Blood

Four Wheel Crazy


Heartland Express

Hercules(Original Version)

Hercules Http://


Mad Dog

Micro Machines

Moving Violations


Orange Krate



Playin' for Keeps


Stomper Bully



War Wagon


Chicago Outlaw

| West Coast Region |

High Roller

AM/PM Rocket

Dragon Slayer

Rocky Mountain Thunder

Unnamed & Untamed

| Western Canada |


Young Gun

Jurassic Attack

| Ride Trucks |

Bush Hog Energizer

Equalizer Eradicator

Excaliber Fun Bus

Grave Digger Hulk

Livin' It Up Overkill

Phantom Krusher Predator

Pure Pride Red Dog

Safarifoot Shake-A-Paw

Shocker Sidewinder

Small Change Timberwolf

Undertaker Virginia Giant


| Unknown or unsorted Yet |

Jethro's Truck (from the movie `The Beverly Hillbillies')


Little Tiger


Heavy Metal

Whiskey Business


Wild Hair

Wild Thang

American Guardian





Big Brutus

Big Dummy

Black Widow


Crypt Keeper

Phantom Krusher

Keystone Krusher


Bad Influence

Super Pete

Austin 3:16 Airborne Ranger

American Made 1 AM/PM Boss

Bearly Tame Big Boss

Big Dare Blue Ribbon Bandit

Blue Max Bustin' Loose

California Kid Crusher Cook-e-Monster

Cyborg Cyclops

Danger Zone Dangerous Toy

Deep Fear Devastator

Dirty Dancing Dodge Express

Dueces Wild Ecology Eliminator

Eradicator Goliath

Heavy Metal Invader

Iron Warrior Pony Express

Master of Disaster Misbehavin'

High Anxiety High Voltage

Hot Stuff Jersey Outlaw

Little Tiger Mistress

Monster Mash Mountain Legend

Muscle Beach Outlaw

Pirate Pete Primetime

Purina Mainstay Rap Attack

Roboshark Savage Beast

Shocker Shotgun

Shredder Skoal Bandit

Smoke Craft Jerky Maker Super Bus

Survivor Terminator

Trouble Maker Under Pressure

Undertaker Valvoline Racer

Witch Doctor Tremor

Wild Thang The "HULK"

Wild Thing Woman Warrior

Showtime Dad's Toy

Michigan Ice Monster


Andrew's Monster Truck Website

John Eastwood's Monster Truck Emporium

The World of Monster Trucks

Mother-in-Laws Garage

Motorsports Photography Unlimited

Monster Mania

Purdue University's Monster Truck Information

Dane's Monster Truck Madness

Monster Truck Photos

Justin Zint's Monster Truck Photo Page



Dustin Cudester's Monster Truck Photos:

Mike's Monster Trucks

VIII. The Event Calendar List

Monsterzone has a excellent Calender Section


Monster Mania

Monster Mania will soon host a complete Event Database at


Pace Motorsports also has a complete events schedule of all Pace events. You
can find links on the calendar for purchasing tickets and other venue info.


Buck Motorsports Park (The Buck) in Lancaster Co. Pa. has their events
skedule here.


Checkered Flag Productions posts their skedule Info here:


Many trucks have a schedule section on their web pages:


IX. Previous Changes
06/26/98 Version 1.10! New URLs! We now list 84 trucks with URLs and 55
without. Added a pointer for the MTRA Website. Added pointer for
the Monster_Trucks News Group on Gcomm. And a address for the
Monster Truck Trivia List. Also the Virginia Giant has a new Web

I won't be marking the new info any more and the old markings will
be removed soon. This FAQ should have a permanent home RSN (Real
Soon Now) as a HTML document and the text version will be updated
from the HTML. Look for a bigger, better FAQ with more links,
pictures and info sometime this summer.

02/11/98 This is Version 1.09! Changes marked with the `*'character! David
Weihe reminded me the old Gravedigger site is down and gone! And
Andrew Palochko contributed a bunch of info this for this months

New URLs we now list 83 trucks with URLs and 56 without. Started
that calender section! Hardly anyone noticed I messed up the date
in last months changes section (01/01/97 Hee Hee)! And not even a
`Roman' noticed my sections were numbered improperly!

Someone asked about the starter's lights and `Stop Motion' video
systems. Do we have a new promoter coming into the business? I
have answered their questions with what I know!

01/01/98 Version 1.08! The truck URLs list has been updated extensively and
reformatted! Andrew Fielder sent URLs for every truck he has on his
pages! I also added his site to my Web sites list! Thanks to these
new URLs we now list 79 trucks with URLs and 55 without.

12/10/97 Version 1.07! Added the mailing address for USA Motorsports! Found a
promoter in FL. added their Info! Question about E-mail Addresses
came up again in a discussion! See my Answer here! Also had a question
about Pit Passes! In the Truck List You'll Find 40 truck URLs and 71
trucks without URLs = 111 Trucks Total!

11/10/97 Version 1.06! Couple new truck URLs, some slight reformatting! I
think I found a URL for Simitar (the video Company)! Added Monster
Mania to the major Web sites list! Took out the Truckzone Press
Awards Announcement! I Really appreciate the recognition they've
given this FAQ and all their efforts to promote Monster Truck

10/10/97 Skipped a month here!

09/09/97 Version 1.05 Audio Month I guess! 8-) I found some `good' info
about audio equipment so I checked what I could and inserted
in the suppliers area! I also added some reading list info into
a new section! This is mostly for the promoters/performers but
you fans might find it interesting background info too! I think
all the truck URLs should be right as of today! Still need more
URLs! There is some info about internet Services for Monster Truck

08/19/97 We won a award! Along with many other sites! I included a special
Section Excerpt from Truckzone Press as an announcement at the end
of this section! (Kudos now removed!)

O8/10/97 Version 1.04 Added a reference for our first freelance motorsport
announcer! This will probably become a section on its own! Someone
asked about how the teams cut tires so I added that info! Mike West's
Outlaw Super Trucks appeared with us at three shows this week so I
added contact info!

07/06/97 Added some info about Dan Patrick and some odds and ends.

06/10/97 Found Grave Digger's New URL. And updated same! Changed URL for
The Virginia Giant.

05/31/97 Received a MTRA rule book and Newsletter, made some changes to
reflect information found there. I added a lot of truck names,
need URL's for them!

04/26/97 fixed a few errors found in the htmlized version

04/13/97 just a little more info and final proof reading

04/06/97 A little added polish

03/02/97 The crude beginnings


For FAQ related Questions or help:
Jeff Hawkins ---------- Middletown, Va. U.S.A.
Internet solutions for The Monster Truck Racing Industry

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