On Saturday, Oct. 5, Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) hosted a drag racing spectacle of fiery sights and sounds: Thunder Jam! From Monster Trucks to Funny Cars, the event offered an evening of fun‐filled racing entertainment for the whole family on the PBIR Drag Strip.
The event, which lasted from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., included such racing superstars as Super Shockwave, BIGFOOT, Bradford’s Fiat, Nasty Benjamin, USA1, Frantic Ford, and Kid KJ’s Monster Bear.
With its fiberglass 1957 Chevrolet body, Super Shockwave, Les Shockley’s Jet Truck, spits flames 20 feet in the air
and unleashes 12,500 pounds of thrust from its two Pratt & Whitney jet engines that produce more than 20,000
horsepower. Gulping nearly 80 gallons of diesel fuel per run, Super Shockwave blazed down the Drag Strip and came close to it's record speed of 330 mph.
Internationally recognized icon BIGFOOT, the Original Monster Truck, brought its car crushing power to PBIR.
BIGFOOT was available for photo opportunities and autographs as well. Earlier this year, BIGFOOT Founder
Bob Chandler, was inducted into the Off‐Road Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 2013 Class.
In the Nostalgia Fuel Altered category, nitro veteran Randy Bradford from Camano Island, Washington piloted
Bradford’s Fiat, powered by a 417 Donovan engine, while Tom Padilla from Arlington, Washington drove Nasty
Benjamin, a 1927 Ford T Bucket powered by a 496 Hemi engine.
Top Fuel Funny Car World Champion Bruce Larson steered the USA‐1 Tribute Funny Car. Linden began drag racing at 16 years of age in Linden, New Jersey, and he raced his first Top Fuel car in 1992. He was inducted into Don Garlits International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2006. Also in the Nostalgia Funny Car class, Frantic Ford features a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang body taken from a mold from the original Gas Ronda 1969 Ford Mustang.
Touring as the star of the Jr. Monster Truck League, Kaid Jaret Olson‐Weson, aka Kid KJ, will race his Monster Bear, ½‐scale professional Mini‐Monster Truck, on the Drag Strip, jumping ramps and performing a mini freestyle show. Fans were able to meet the 8‐year‐old racer who calls Fort Lauderdale, Florida home, take photos with the Truck and get an autograph. Every child who attended Thunder Jam between the ages of 6 and 12 will be given a raffle ticket – one lucky winner was given the opportunity to sit in Monster Bear and even drive it!
In addition to the on‐track action, fans were also able to take part in the AMSOIL Pit Party featuring driver autographs, pictures with the famous vehicles, pit tours and more. Thunder Jam is a national, annual touring series of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) offering a family‐friendly atmosphere with unforgettable entertainment
at an incredible value, with tickets at just $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
The new management and staff at Palm Beach International Raceway are bringing some of the best shows to the facility, and with the support of you, the fans, the track will continue to be the best motorsports facility in South Florida.
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