Monster trucks have always had an array of themes ever since the start of the sport. You have the raging bull of El Toro Loco, the howling dog of Monster Mutt, the mythical creature Dragon, and the famous undertaker theme of Grave Digger. However, many themes have been involved with the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue. Let's take a look at some of them!
USA-1 was a debutante in the year of 1982. It was owned by Everett Jasmer, and was driven by Roger Gauger. It started out in the early days with Bigfoot, and was among the first of the "leafers" as they are commonly referred to. After winning the first TNT championship in 1988, it would retire a few year later in 1991. After a while the truck came out of retirement in 2015, and would compete in its first full Monster Jam event in 2017, at Minneapolis. It is one of my favorite American themed trucks, and it is a classic as well.
American Guardian is a truck that is dedicated to the men and women who served in the armed forces. It features a flame jet on the back of the truck to shoot out flames during its freestyle runs. For any one who has served, or who had a family member serve, it is a truly special truck, and I am glad it is there for any one who loves the service.
Air Force Afterburner:
The Air Force sponsored truck was a fan favorite in Monster Jam when it ran from its debut in 2006 until it retired in 2011. It was driven first by Paul Cohen, and would later be driven by Damon Bradshaw from late 2006 to 2011. In 2009 the truck would win the World Finals X freestyle. Check out its freestyle here:
They even did a concept that looked like a fighter plane for the Air Force!
Captain America was a monster truck that competed in Monster Jam, and was related to, you guessed it... the Marvel Character, Captain America! The sponsorship from Marvel would end fairly quickly, but after it debuted in 2012, it helped get Chad Fortune, its driver, a couple of wins until 2014, when the sponsorship expired, and the truck was retired. With Chad out of a ride, a new truck would soon be announced for Fortune.
Soldier Fortune is a truck drive by Chad Fortune, a veteran of the sport. The truck is dedicated to the men and women of the military, and resembles a military personnel vehicle. It debuted in 2015, on the Captain America chassis, previously driven by Chad, and is a crowd favorite. It also has a sister truck named Soldier Fortune Black Ops, which is the same body style only blacked out. Here is its debut freestyle!
Hot Wheels Monster Jam (HWMJ) Stars and Stripes:
Even Hot Wheel was getting in on the American theme, granted they came out in 2016, but they are still relevant! These are a really cool set of Hot Wheels Monster Jam trucks, and I want to get them all. Here is a review, and comparison to previous HWMJ models, here.
Monster Jam World Finals XVII Encore:
At World Finals XVII, that also took place in 2016, like the HWMJ series above, they had the encore as a tribute to the Military, and had trucks for the Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Navy , and the Air Force. They even had Soldier Fortune, and Soldier Fortune Black Ops leading the trucks around the Sam Boyd Stadium. What a great tribute to the armed forces!