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In 1981 the first car crush took place in a stadium show. It didn’t take long for others to follow in Bob Chandler’s foot steps and create their own monster trucks. Once you put two high horse power vehicles side by side you create an atmosphere for competition. The monster truck industry was growing fast and the trucks were getting faster and faster. Monster trucks, in the mid 80’s, were large cumbersome vehicles with stiff suspensions and huge engines. It became obvious that it would be necessary to institute regulations to help put together a safe environment for not only the competitors but for the fans too.
A letter was drafted by Bob Chandler and George Carpenter inviting monster truck owner/drivers to a get together in St Louis in September 1987 that was to take place in conjunction with a local show . Eleven drivers attended the meeting at the BIGFOOT shop where initial discussions took place. An interim board was selected that included George Carpenter, Danny Tassone (Star Monster) and Denise Robinson (formerly of Clydesdale).
Three months later (12/07/87), the first official MTRA meeting was held. 49 owner/drivers attended and an official board was voted on.
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