Winter Season Recap, Summer Season Preview


    After watching Monster Jam World Finals 6 on television, I immediately thought of the events I attended throughout the course of the winter season in monster trucks. I will recap those thoughts and also preview a summer that looks very promising as well in this week’s column.

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Monster Profile: Jason Witte: His Career – His Thoughts – His Wild Hair

Jason Witte Monster Profile

Jason Witte has been in the monster truck business for six years, beginning with his purchase of the Wild Hair truck and name from Marvin Smith. After running a highly modified version of the Wild Hair he bought for a few years, Witte and crew built a new Wild Hair in 2003. After many successful performances, TV appearances, and much more, December 2004 was the time for the Washington, Missouri native to sell Wild Hair (See December’s News Archives). The February 19 Monster Jam was Witte’s last official show running the Wild Hair name. Known as one of the hardest-running independents on the Monster Jam and many other circuits, Witte has established a reputation as a crowd-pleaser in freestyle especially. Will it be Witte’s last show behind the wheel of a monster truck? Robert Haught had a chance to sit down with Jason and find out.

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Monster Profile: Phil Foster

Before accepting this monstrous responsibility, Phil Foster gained some valuable experience on the Monster Jam series. Foster has driven big name trucks like High Roller, Bulldozer, and most recently Hot Wheels for Tom Meents Racing. However, in 2005 Foster will get behind the wheel of Maximum Destruction. He sat down with Robert Haught and discussed what he’s learned from his boss and what being asked to drive Maximum Destruction means to him.

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Monster Profile: Brian Barthel

Brian Barthel - Little Tiger - Monster ProfileBrian Barthel has over ten years of experience driving monster trucks. Barthel won the 2003 World Racing Championship driving Wolverine. Back behind the wheel of his original Little Tiger truck, Barthel was kind enough to sit down with Robert Haught to discuss his newest creation, Total Chaos. [Read More …]

The Road to 2005-Thoughts from Montreal and Minneapolis


by Robert Haught

            With so many storylines emerging from the
December 4 Minneapolis Monster Jam, it was difficult for me to focus on one
particular topic of interest. One thing is for sure, monster truck fans
nationwide will be in for a unique season. Here are some collected thoughts from
the first two televised Monster Jams in Montreal and Minneapolis:

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Monster Profile: Allen Pezo

Allen Pezo was kind enough to give us his time for interviews with Scott Bryant and Robert Haught. Scott’s recent article on AllMonster with Allen includes a great deal of information on Pezo’s trucks and history. Allen also asked us to let the fans know that is being redesigned and will be fully functional soon. We thank Allen for his time and courtesy. [Read More …]

Monster Profile: Trey Myers

Trey Myers - Iron Warrior - Monster Profile

(Photo Courtesty of Aaron Cromer)

Trey Myers started his career in monster trucks through Mike Vaters of Black Stallion, working his way through the ranks of being a crew member until getting a chance to drive Vaters’ Battle Kat tank. After an injury to Vaters put Myers into driving duty in Black Stallion, Myers had his chance. After Vaters recovered, the Iron Warrior truck came into Team Black Stallion’s possession through a lease with the owner, Glenn Bowlin. Trey was kind enough to sit down with us for an interview; we thank him for his time. [Read More …]

Monster Profile: Andy Hoffman

Andy Hoffman - Nitemare - Monster Profile

Andy Hoffman got started in monster trucks working for Kirk Dabney, eventually starting out with Steve Hess’ Nitemare truck on the Thunder Nationals circuit. Hoffman now owns and runs Nitemare through many changes and has a new truck in the works. We thank Andy for his time and support.

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Monster Profile: Andy Slifko

Andy Slifko - Eradicator - Monster Profile

Andy Slifko got started in monster trucks in 1998 with the former Toyzilla chassis, naming his truck “Eradicator.” In 1999 Slifko debuted a new Patrick chassis and it runs as the current Eradicator. Slifko was kind enough to do an interview with us recently; we thank him for his generosity and support.

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