Featuring everything from a fireworks display to a fire-belching jet truck, the Four-Wheel Summer Jamboree blasted into Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, to celebrate its 13 year of being one of the most popular stops on the Special Events Performance Series. The weekend also included a special celebration of Bigfoot's 25th anniversary, as well as truck accessory shopping, contests, custom trucks, and racing. Awesome weather and spectacular scenery added to the excellent experience of the Jambo, and this year's Jambo featured an extended Saturday night show, which kept the standing-room-only crowd entertained until well past 10 p.m. The Summer Jambo saw record-setting attendance from participants and spectators, and people came from all over the U.S. to check out this year's event, including participant Scotty Nord from St. Charles, Missouri, who won the Longest Distance award, traveling 838 miles.
The three-day show featured awesome racing action, including side-by side mud drags in classes 1 to 6. Chuck Courty of Pittsburgh took home top honors in Class 5, and Chris Boulet, all the way from Red Oak, Texas, dominated Class 6. In monster truck action, round one saw Tonka Team Bigfoot, driven by Eric Tack, defeat Black Stallion. Tack was also victorious Saturday afternoon and went on to win in the finals. Executioner's driver, Mark Hall, defeated Black Stallion in the Saturday night finals. Another highlight of Saturday night was the record-breaking jump of Dan "My Back Hurts" Runte in Bigfoot. He easily cleared the jump, which included a couple of his teammates' trucks.
The always popular rough and crazy tough truck drivers let it all hang out on the S-course track, and these drivers tore it up under the summer sun, sometime trashing their rides in the process of trying to beat the clock. Mike McDermott, of Croydon and Roy Burger of Kunkeltown, Pennsylvania, finished First in Stock Classes round one and two, respectively, and Colin Dorshimer in Terror 2 took home champion honors in the Modified Class.
When not out watching all the infield action, there were loads of other activities packed into the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, such as the Family Fun Zone, which included such kid-friendly stuff as a Titanic slide, a bounce house, battery-powered Jeep racing, and a Bigfoot simulator. The sprawling Performance Marketplace was packed with some of the top names in automotive accessories, all waiting to set people up with all the basic, and not-so-basic, essentials for their trucks. Most vendors had a slew of parts on hand, so buyers could take their new purchases home immediately.
The Summer Jambo's Show-'n'-Shine was one of the biggest we've ever seen at Bloomsburg, and participant's vehicles could be judged professionally in the drive-thru judging area. The scores of awards recognized everything from Best Paint to Best Interior, and Nancy Revalee of Cambridge City, Indiana, and Alan Garrett of Mad Heights, Virginia, won these awards in the Modified Class, respectively. This year's Grand Champion awards went to John Saltern of Ontario, Connecticut, in the Street Class; Morgan Haney Jr. of Laurys Station, Pennsylvania, in the Modified Class; and Mike Unger of Noblesville, Indiana, for the Pro Class.
Among the plethora of new events at the Summer Jambo were such wacky surprises as a jet-powered '22 Pierce Arrow C-cab truck powered by a J33-41 Allison centrifugal jet engine. This insane creation kept the infield crowd entertained by totally destroying a car with blasts from its engine. It's not every day you get to see a car reduced to a pile of molten steel right before your eyes.
The Summer Jambo blew away all previous records for attendance by drawing in more than 54,197 spectators and an astounding 3,179 participant vehicles. For more information on this or any of the shows in the Special Events Performance Series, contact: Special Events, Dept. OR, 804 N. Delaware, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 236-6525, www.familyevents.com.