The proper name of the truck is USA-1 owned by Everett Jasmer. When I found these pictures of the truck, I asked if anyone knew what truck it was. I was told that it was the Big Blue Ox. Well that name was printed in a magazine when USA-1 got it's first full coverage. The writer of the article took it upon himself to call it the Big Blue Ox because of it being from the state of Minnesota, the home of Paul Bunyan. Everett brought it to their attention, and they did print a small we messed up article in a later issue. But it has been many years since then and it is obvious to me which article everyone remembered. So now I would like to help set the record straight and forget the Big Blue Ox name. The blue truck is the original USA-1.
OWNER: Everett Jasmer of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. He now resides in Ham Lake, Minnesota
VEHICLE: 1970 Chevy
ENGINE: 540 cu.in. Can-Am
CARBURETION: 2 Predator 6,000 series carbs atop a 6-71 GMC blower and a nitrous oxide system
RUNNING GEAR: T-223 Rockwell transfer case, and 5 ton Rockwell military axles with Detroit lockers and Warn lockout hubs
SUSPENSION: custom leafs and 16 Rancho shocks
TIRES: 66x43x25 inch Goodyear Terras
FEATURES: 6 KC Daylighters, Westin rear bumper, Warn reflection front bumper, Stull tube grill, full tilt body, and a Warn winch.
WEIGHT: 12,000 lbs.
HEIGHT: 11 feet
WIDTH: 11 feet
COST TO BUILD: $150,000.00
This truck was one of the first generation Monster Trucks. Everett has explained to me that when he built the truck he was not aware of the other three trucks that were also built at the same time frame. To his knowledge at the time, he had built a one of a kind original. Everett came from a Drag Racing background so being a mechanic is what he knew. Everything on his truck he built himself. Some of Everett's innovations to the Monster Truck Industry were drive line disc brakes, hydraulic steering, the full tilt body, and some other innovations that were then used by other monster truck builders.
The reason we don't see a USA-1 competing today was also explained to me. Everett, coming from a background of Drag Racing, wanted to see the sport go in the direction of a legitimate motorsport. As you may recall, back in 1988 USA-1 was crowned the very first National Champion on the Renegade/TNT Motorsports Tour. Everett was on top of the Monster Truck world in what I would call the only real racing points championship circuit ever in the history of the sport. Things were going in the right direction. Then the promoters took over the sport and made it show bizz, rather than a legitimate motorsport. Everett calls what we see today "Professional Wrestling on Wheels." Everett had started a third USA-1 race truck, but before the truck was completed, the sport started going in a direction that Everett did not want to be a part of. Everett still has the trucks parked in his shop but he is standing by his principles and they will not come out to the WWF mentality of todays monster truck shows. Over the years he has been trying to get things going in the direction of a legitimate motorsport again, but it looks like a lost cause.
Everett gave me these 5 pictures.
I took these pictures with a video capture card from a video I bought.