The spring air means one thing for monster trucks...outdoor events. No more feeling confined to a small arena, with few obstacles, and lower gear ratios.
The warmer air means that speedways and fairgrounds now get the opportunity to host the mammouth beasts. The one promoter that seems to love the outdoor season more than anyone is Family Events, the folks that put on the annual Lucas Oil 4-Wheel Jamboree Series at some of the most famous fairgrounds across the east coast and mid-west.
This year will be no exception as fans are already ordering tickets, reserving hotels, and shining up their 4x4's in anticipation for yet another spectacular spring and summer season.
For the monster truck teams, it means they get to flex their muscle and use their horsepower on a much bigger area.
Yesterday, Family Events released their line-up for the 2013 Jamboree tour for the monster trucks, which includes some familiar faces and some new additions. In all, a total of 11 trucks are slated to compete for this year's General Tire Thunder Drags title.
Leading the way for 2013 is Hall Brothers Racing, but unlike years past where they are bringing two trucks, instead the team will bring all three of their Hemi-powered Rams. Mark Hall will be back once again as the defending champion, bringing his Raminator to the front in an attempt to defend his championship that he dominated one year ago. Teammate Mat Dishman will be at his side as he will bring out the Mossy Oak Rammunition to compete once more.
But, the team will also bring out their third driver, Mike Miller, for his official jamboree debut. Miller will bring out the bright red Hotsy-sponsored Raminator, and judging by how strong he was during first quarter, he will be a top competitor all season.
Team Bigfoot will once again compete for this year's jamboree championship. However, as of last night, there is no word on which truck will compete for that title. The reason being is that during some of the weekends where the jamborees are held, the new Stadium Super Trucks Series also competes, with many Bigfoots competing at those events.
But, Team Bigfoot did mention that they would have at least one truck competing at the jamborees this year. There is no question whomever gets the nod to drive the famous truck will have a great chance at winning the title.
Team Beast will also be well represented with five trucks in attendance for a majority of the shows. Bobby Holman once again returns with his Lucas Oil Stabilizer, hoping to build off the success he had during the winter tour. Teammate Joe Nichter will again have driving duties behind the wheel of the General Tire-sponsored machine, hoping to have more success in his second full jamboree tour.
Holman's son, Cody, will also make his jamboree debut behind the wheel of the crazy Cadillac, Star Marshall.
The final two trucks from Team Beast will be Chalkboard Chuck, possibly driven by Michelle Simpson, and also the very popular, and very quiet, XDP diesel-powered machine, which will be driven by Dave Radzierez. Unfortunately, XDP is not slated for the final jamboree in September, so you know Radzierez will be sure to let everything hang out in the first three.
Finally, the final two trucks to enter this year's jamboree are making their debuts for a full season. Up first, Derrick Anson will make his full-jamboree run behind the wheel of his Heavy Hitter Chevrolet. Not unfamiliar with the jamboree tour, Anson competed at the 2011 Indy Jamboree, making it to the finals on the final day of the show. Expect him to have a strong season with his machine.
His team truck, the River Rat, will be making it's jamboree debut. The flat black Willy's pickup stands out in a crowd, especially since it is the only truck competing in any fashion that is running a big white wall tire, completing that "rat rod" look. Vern House will have driving duties, hoping to make this rat rod look good in every performance.
This year's jamboree tour is expected to be better and more spectacular than ever, and in an attempt to make sure each show has not only the best crowds but the best weather, a couple schedule changes were made.
For 2013, the first 4-Wheel Jamboree will be at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, from May 17-19. The following month, the jamboree tour heads south to Springfield, Missouri, for two days at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Just a mere month later, the biggest event of the summer on the east coast for the jamboree fans will hit the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, from July 12-14. AllAboutHorsepower.com will be on hand for all three days with exclusive looks inside for the track, teams, and happenings around the fairgrounds.
The jamboree finale is always at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as Indianapolis, Indiana, will host their season-ending jamboree from September 20-22, where champions in all categories will be crowned on the final day.
It is already looking like a spectacular season for the jamborees, so fans should get their tickets early and book their hotels if they want to be part of the premier 4x4 series.
Visit 4WheelJamboree.com for all event information, including exclusive deals on tickets and hotels.
According to the Bigfoot website, the truck that will compete in Lima, OH, will be their oldest race truck in the fleet, Bigfoot #10, with new driver Tim Missentzis at the wheel. Two of the other three jamborees on the season (Springfield and Bloomsburg) also happen on weekends where the SST series competes.
With Bigfoots 11-19 slated for those weekends, it does appear that Missentzis will get duties this year of driving at the jamborees.