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International Monster Truck Museum Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Class

Tickets for the 2nd Annual IMTM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reunion are on sale now at Don't miss your chance to see these legends of monster trucks inducted into the IMTM Hall of Fame in person. Tickets are $35 which includes admission to the event, a commemorative poster featuring the honorees, a meet & greet and autograph session with the inductees, a buffet style dinner and beverage service. You can also reserve your tickets by calling


About the International Monster Truck Museum & Hall of Fame

The International Monster Truck Museum & Hall of Fame was established in 2010 with the mission of collecting and archiving the history of the monster truck sport and related aspects of the high performance aftermarket, focusing upon capturing history from the surviving pioneers and legends. Each year, the International Monster Truck Museum will honor the most accomplished and significant people in the history of monster trucks with induction into its Hall of Fame.

Through the accumulation of vehicles, oral histories, videos and still images, the International Monster Truck Museum & Hall of Fame will provide a documented history and an entertaining and educational retrospective display about the birth and growth of a purely North American year round motor sport that is geared toward the entire family and the industry it launched for future generations.

More information on the International Monster Truck Museum & Hall of Fame can be found on the organization’s official website, All of the latest news and updates can be followed on the organization’s Facebook at

Class of 2011

Bob Chandler – Bigfoot Jeff Dane – King Kong Dan Degrasso – Beast Jack Willman – Taurus Everett Jasmer – USA-1 Fred Shafer – Bearfoot

Class of 2012

Jim KramerBigfoot Mike Welch – Monster Mash, Super Pete, etc. George Carpenter – Promoter, Safety Director, Tech Official, etc. Paul “Pablo” Huffaker – King Krunch, Just Show’n Off, Grave Digger, etc.

 Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger

Class of 2013

Allen Pezo – Predator Dan Patrick – Samson Scott Stephens – King Krunch Gary Porter – Carolina Crusher, Grave Digger Army Armstrong – Live Event Announcer, Television Personality

Class of 2014

Diehl Wilson – Virginia Giant Jon Breen – Mad Dog II, Stomper Bully, etc. Michael Vaters – Black Stallion Andy Brass – BIGFOOT Kirk Dabney – Blue Thunder, Giant, etc.

Class of 2015

Gene Patterson- Bigfoot, Snakebite, Stomper, etc. David Morris- Equalizer Billy Joe Miles- TNT Motorsports Alan Tura- Goliath

Class of 2016

Bob George – founder USHRA Charlie Pauken – driver Excaliber, Grave Digger Jerry Richmond – Terminator, Lethal Weapon Terry Woodcock – Cyclops, Generation X, etc.

Class of 2017

Seth Doulton- Skoal Bandits, Gulf Super Special, Am/Pm Boss Jim Ries- AM/PM Rocket, Ecology Eliminator Mike Gallaway- Announcer/TV Personality Gary Cook- Equalizer Jeff Bainter- High Voltage, Captain USA

Class of 2018

Mike Nickell-Excaliber Marty Garza-Overkill Gary Bauer-Lon-Ranger, Nitemare Express, Screamin’ Demon Jack Koberna- The Beast, Cyborg, Tuff’ E’ Nuff

Class of 2019

Dan Runte – Bigfoot Cliff Starbird Monster Vette, Frankenstein, Wild Stang Jesse Birgy Play'n For Keeps Jessie having passed in 2008 was represented well by his Wife, Daughter and Nephew on stage. Aaron Polburn the father of the Thunder Nationals

Steve Hurt sent me these pictures.

Hey Dennis, last weekend was the induction of the first class into the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame and Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Among the highlights was Dan DeGrasso bringing his BEAST up for display. This is one of the very first monsters without a doubt. I thought you'd like to see these. Some pics of myself with Dan, Bob Chandler with him and my son Nic checking out Beast as well. Also a couple pitures of it on travel tires for that portion of your site. Thanks as usual, Steve Hurt

Here is some pictures of the induction of the first class at the monster truck hall of fame. Also these are the plaques that are displayed and a matching plaque goes home with each driver. Only on a night like this can you see Jeff Dane sign an autograph for Jim Kramer!! Also Jeff Dane checking out the Jeff Dane display in the museum. Besides my King Kong door there is a Taurus door from Jack Willman and a Little BearFoot door, I believe belongs to Larry Swim(?). Also the table for autographs with the inductees. Enjoy,Steve Hurt

Jack Willman Sr. of Taurus

Dan DeGrasso with Jack Willman Sr.

Army Armstrong with Jack Willman Sr.

Jack Willman Sr. with Nic Hurt

Jeff Dane with Bob Chandler

Jeff Dane signing an autograph for Jim Kramer!!

Jeff Dane

Dan DeGrasso, Jeff Dane, and Everett Jasmer

Here is Fil Tristan after bringing Titan to the museum for display with Rob Brooks. Rob likes to stay in the background but does a ton of work for the museum. Thanks,Steve Hurt

Steve Hurt and Dan DeGrasso

At last weekends induction at the monster truck hall of fame and museum in Auburn, Indiana Fil Tristan brought out his original TITAN truck to display. It is still in great shape and he plans to put a new motor in it this summer. Also Rick brought out TALL COOL 1 as well. It is in nice shape too. Enjoy the pictures, Steve Hurt

Hey Dennis, you can't imagine how excited I was to see you added a section for the International Monster Truck Museum and Hall of Fame. I figure I need to send some pics. Maybe it will help stir more intrest.. I know alot of people go to your site maybe it will generate more museum traffic. Here is some of the displays. I displayed a large amount of my Dane collection including my door from the original King Kong I got from Jeff a while back. Also some Dane firesuits and other King Kong artifacts. There are alot of old skool posters framed and displayed ..Lots of models, toys, magazines, programs, shirts and oddities from over the years. Thanks for the help, Steve Hurt

Allen Pezo

Stephen Mayfield let me use these pictures.