I loved Monster Trucks as a kid and watched them every week, with USA-1 being my favorite truck. I own a die cast of the truck today. Later I became a big fan of Gravedigger watching the USHRA. Even though Bigfoot was the first and one of the most popular Monster Trucks I was never a huge fan, probably because it was not a part of the USHRA so I didn't see the truck on a weekly basis.
I went to my first Monster Truck show in 2000 at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Back then when USHRA ran small indoor arenas like this they called it the Thunder Nationals tour. The floor is basically the size of a Hockey rink so what they can do is limited, but it's still impressive. I don't have pictures from the show that I can find and the only trucks I can remember on the show was Sting and Blue Thunder.
After that was a couple times at Wiscasset Speedway a few trucks did some stuff on the infield between races. Then I went to a few USHRA outside at Speedway 95 in Hampden and these were the best shows that I went to.
On the Bigfoot side of things I did see it displayed a couple times once in Florida in 2002 at the then Race Rock Cafe. This truck featured 10 foot tires. I saw a standard Bigfoot truck on display in 2004 at New England Battery & Tire in Vassalboro, Maine. My last show was in April 2016 at the Colisee in Lewiston and I got to see Bigfoot in action that night.
It's hard for me to believe that 15 years have passed since the last time I went to a rally. It's not because I didn't want to, but life and things like work and other plans seemed to constantly interfere. I really want to go to one of those huge out door USHRA Monster Jam shows with all the big names drivers like at Gillette Stadium.
Trucks I've seen live not a complete list:
Bigfoot - three different trucks
Stone Cold Austin 3:16
I'm going to post more about my former monster truck adventures in the future. Honestly though I have wrestler Perry Von Vicious to thank, his love of the sport has rekindled my fire!
Until Next Time!