Archives for January 2005

Busy Weekend – Raleigh Monster Jam and More

Total is currently working on photos from action this past weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, Albany, New York, and Indianapolis Indiana. In Raleigh, Gary Porter took the racing win against Troy Dubose’s Total Chaos, with Brian Barthel’s Little Tiger winning freestyle after a slap wheelie at the end of his run earned him a 25. In Albany on Sunday, Diehl Wilson’s Virginia Giant took the wheelie and donut competitions, while Mike Vaters’ Black Stallion won freestyle with a 30 in a crowd cheer off. Thrasher was able to win the racing but nosed over and took a hard landing at the end. (photo courtesy Dustin Hart)

Predator Spins, Digger Wins in Indy

Randy has returned from Indianapolis, and has a brief show rundown, with coverage, 100+ photos, and more to follow soon. Predator was the fast qualifier and met up with the Bob and Tom truck (formerly Hot Wheels) driven by Guy Wood in the final. It was close into the final turn, but Predator had problems, while Wood was smooth took the racing win.

Freestyle was unique, with several trucks stepping up with career performances in front of the television cameras. Jason Witte had a spectacular save in Wild Hair coming out of a donut, nearly dragging the roof of the truck on the dirt before bringing it back onto all four wheels and continuing his run. It was Randy Brown and Grave Digger taking the win with a 29 that included a sideways hit on double stacked cars that spun the truck on its nose in a unique “flip” and save, which he continued. He also hammered through a mobile home/box truck setup (see photo above) in the center of the track. Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction) and Pezo tied for second place with 28 points each. Photos, a full recap, and more from Indianapolis will be up soon!

Indianapolis, Indiana – Monster Jam – January 29, 2005

Photos By: Robert Haught
Event: Monster Jam
Venue: RCA Dome
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 29, 2005

Field of Trucks:Trucks- Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bob and Tom (Guy Wood), Brutus (Chirs Bergeron), Devastator (Mark Schroeder), Grave Digger (Randy Brown), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Predator (Allen Pezo), Prowler (Larry Jaruzel), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Rolling Thunder (Jim Bendzick), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Alex Blackwell), and Wild Hair (Jason Witte). [Read more…]

Raleigh North Carolina – Monster Jam – January 29, 2005

Photos By: Trevor Andrews
Event: Monster Jam
Venue: RBC Center
City: Raleigh, North Carolina
Date: January 29, 2005

Field of Trucks: Little Tiger (Brian Barthel), Total Chaos (Troy Dubose), Inferno (Fletch Lewis), Bulldozer (Jason Childress), Grave Digger (Gary Porter), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Brandon Harrington). [Read more…]

Albany, New York – Thunder Nationals – January 29, 2005

Photos By: John Pisanelli and James Hannon
Event: Monster Jam
City: Albany, New York
Date: January 29, 2005

Field of Trucks: Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Thrasher (Pat Summa), Virginia Giant (Diehl Wilson), Samson (Dan Patrick), Iron Warrior (Trey Myers). [Read more…]

Eradicator Makes Stunning Return and More!

New Hampshire wins for EradicatorAndy Slifko of the Eradicator monster truck has had an interesting past couple of weeks, and it culminated in him winning four of eight competitions in Manchester, New Hampshire, just five days after his hauler (and nearly his truck!) was destroyed in a fire. Team Eradicator was kind enough to send us a press release on all those happenings, and it is available below (photo courtesy Andrew Palochko, 

Slifko Avenges Disaster, Claims Wins in New Hampshire  

Also, has just returned from three shows in three nights at Kansas City, and hopes to have more from there and a few other surprises as soon as possible!

Eradicator Trailer Relief Fund

monster truck and have teamed up to form the Eradicator Trailer Relief Fund, available at the link above. We accept PayPal and mail donations, so everyone should be able to help Andy and the Eradicator team’s cause. We hope that you will be able to, and encourage you to visit the link above. Large and small donations are accepted; we thank you for your time, and hope to present Andy with a check when the fund is over!

Also, we were able to contact Andy last night and he was in good spirits.

“It makes me feel good to be a part of this industry after all the support I’ve had in the past few days,” he said. “My phone has been ringing off the hook. People like (Tom) Meents, The Hall Brothers, the Grave Digger guys, FK Rod Ends, and a lot more have pulled together and helped me out, and I really appreciate it.” will be hitting the road tomorrow morning for three shows from Kansas City, and also hopes to have coverage from Greensboro, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, and San Diego, California within the same weekend!

A Letter From Andy Slifko

eradicator monster truck trailer fireAndy Slifko and the entire Eradicator team have suffered a great loss; they took the time to send us this letter explaining it all:

Dear fans, drivers, event officials, sponsors, promoters, and friends:

It seems that luck is just not on our side this year.  It seems funny to say
that the two transmissions we’ve blown up in the last two weeks are now the
least of our worries.

We were coming home from the Pontiac show on Sunday morning when I felt a
trailer tire blow out.  When we went back to see it, we noticed some flames.
The trailer caught fire.  Two fire extinguishers, a ton of snow, and all the
Pepsis we had couldn’t stop the fire from spreading.

Several minutes later, a gentleman in a pickup truck stopped to help.  We were
able to hook the monster truck to his pickup and pull it out of the trailer.
It suffered minimal body damage.  Unfortunately, it was the only thing we were
able to salvage.

The fire spread, and it claimed the entire trailer and almost everything in
it.  Four tires and wheels, our Harley-Davidson, all of our parts, toolboxes,
tools, living quarters, and clothes.  Luckily the fire was put out before it
reached the tractor.

We would like to sincerely thank the fine men and women of the Brooksville
Police Department, Brooksville Fire Department, and the Pennsylvania State
Police, all of whom went above and beyond their call of duty in extinguishing
the blaze, cleaning up the mess, and keeping us and the other motorists safe.
We cannot thank them enough, and it was with their help that we can say nobody
was injured in the incident.

This will bring about major changes in our business.  Among the first of these
changes, we’d like to announce the sale of our display monster truck and rig.
It is a turn-key unit, and anyone interested can email me through our website

We will need some time to regroup and reassess our business.  We may be down,
but we are surely not out.  The immediate outpouring of support we received in
the hours following the incident from our friends and competitors is
heartwarming, and it makes us feel lucky to be a part of this business.

Safety is something that many take for granted.  Any truck driver will tell
you that this is his or her worst nightmare.  We are forever grateful for the
gentleman in the pickup truck and the men and women who work everyday to keep
us safe, secure, and healthy.  It is true that without these men and women in
the world, none of us would be able to perform and entertain as we do week in
and week out.

Sincerely yours,

Andy Slifko and the entire Eradicator team

We wish Andy Slifko and the entire team a full recovery from this unfortunate event; he is in our thoughts.

Pontiac Gallery Now Available

monster truck photosPaul Harry was kind enough to send us a short gallery from last night’s Monster Jam in Pontiac, Michigan, and it is now available in the Photos section. Thanks go out to Paul for the photos.

Toronto Saturday Gallery Now Available; Sunday Results

Mike VatersKyle Seden’s photos from Saturday’s Toronto Monster Jam are now available in the Photos section; we thank him for his time. We have just received results from today’s show in Toronto as well. Carl VanHorn drove Grave Digger XIV to another sweep, taking racing over Larry Jaruzel’s Predator, who broke on the starting line. VanHorn rolled the truck after a slap wheelie into a motocross hill on the way to a 29 and the freestyle win as well. Chad Tingler was right behind him in Safe Auto with a 28. More photos from Toronto and updates should be available soon; as always, thank you for visiting