Kev’s Bench: What Happened to Monster Truck Racing?

Kev’s Bench: What Happened to Monster Truck Racing?


Back in the early 2000s, monster truck racing with independent suspension trucks on local tracks was very popular. People were converting trucks like the Traxxas T-Maxx, Team Associated MGT and Tamiya TNX into full-blown race machines. There were also big races held around the country like the Pro-Line Maxx challenge and Monster Madness that drew hundreds of racers from around the country. You would even see pro drivers show up with their factory rides; Tamiya and Traxxas were sending factory race teams to all the major events. Did you know that the monster truck class gave birth to today’s truggy? So after all that popularity, race setups and money spent, where are all the monster truck drivers that used to race around the country?

 Traxxas T-Maxx, Monster Truck, racing, off-road

We have the Traxxas T-Maxx 2.5 to thank for giving monster truck racing a shot in the arm and making the monster truck class popular. This truck had so many options available and you were easily able to turn it from a basher into a fine race machine.


Team Associated MGT, Monster truck, racing

When we received the first sample of the Team Associated MGT I quickly got the photos done and brought it to the track. The only mod I made was to remove the stock tires and install a set of Pro-Line race treads. No one could touch me at the track that weekend.


Tamiya TNX, monster truck, racing, off-road

Tamiya saw the popularity of monster truck racing and introduced the TNX which was a fast truck in stock form. Eventually Tamiya gave it more factory support and sent team drivers to a lot of the big races in the country.


Traxxas Revo, monster truck, racing, off-road

Traxxas introduced the Revo and it was game over on the track. The truck was lightweight and nimble which allowed a lot of racers to make it to the podium. This truck even has a few ROAR National wins under its belt. The August ’05 issue featured  my race prepped Revo and it was one of the best-performing trucks that I put on the track.


Traxxas Revo 3.3, monster truck, racing, off-road

In 2008, Traxxas acknowledged the Revo’s racing dominance and gave MT competitors a race-prepped version of the ground-breaking truck.

So why do you guys think monster truck racing has gone away? Have the hardcore racers switched to truggies and the guys just trying out racing gone back to bashing with their trucks? The monster truck class was so much fun just like the short course classes of today and I for one wish the class would come back. Email me at and let me know what you think.

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Updated: July 30, 2015 — 5:07 PM


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  1. I notice this trend happen with every type of RC truck. It seems that when a type of RC is really popular (buggy looks to be the exception), it’s because there’s more to the win than just the truck you bought. Back in the day, you had to build a race truck. You couldn’t buy one. There wasn’t anything like the Revo. You bought a truck, got to know it, and made it your own. Doing well in a race was 1/3 the truck, 1/3 the driver, and 1/3 the mechanic who made it track ready. Now guys can buy a race rig ready to go and finish near the top.

    That’s why I got bored with rock crawling. Back in the days when you had to buy a Clodbuster kit just because you needed a set of axles, there was way more pride in the competitions. Sure it came down to the best driver, but the best driver also needed to be able to build an awesome rig. A competitor needed more than just a steady hand on the radio. These days, you can buy a competition worthy crawler without having to do a thing to it. Competing with a machine you built is way more fun than competing with a machine you bought.

  2. my rc track does it once and a while if there are enough cars to run one

  3. We still do monster truck racing here in virginia and eastern north Carolina with no limit of Virginia and no limit of eastern north Carolina and we still do the no limit world finals at diggers dungeon every year this next year will be the big number 10 rc car action should come back for this one

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