There are not many records that are associated with the sport of monster trucks. It’s been well documented about the numerous attempts, and successful feats of setting and breaking the long-jump record. There is the long-standing record from Bigfoot of having the biggest monster truck, No. 5 with the 10-foot tall Firestone tires. However, there is one that is not seen or talked about much, mainly because it’s not something normally talked about when these trucks are brought up.
That record would be the one about how fast these trucks can go.
Now, in just over 12 hours, that record will be challenged. Multi-time winner of the Monster Nationals and 4-Wheel Jamboree championship, Mark Hall, and the 2014 MTRA Truck of the Year, Raminator, will be going after the speed record at the Circuit of the Americas, located in Austin, Texas. The attempt will be an early morning affair, taking place at 9:30 a.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT.
The current Guinness World Record for speed in a monster truck is held by Randy Moore, the driver of War Wizard, who set the mark at 96.8 MPH.
That record has stood for years, and it was just over a year ago that the Bigfoot team attempted to break the record at the Summit Dragway in Ohio, however during testing driver Dan Runte hurt the engine, and it would hurt his attempt later that night. Runte was the previous record holder when he ran his then-Bigfoot #16 down the drag strip at just over 86 MPH. That record holds as the fastest on the 1/8th-mile, while Moore set the record in the quarter-mile.
There is no word on what Hall will use as a track, although the Circuit of the Americas is a street course.
To check the speed of the attempt, Family Events will be providing the timing equipment, and documentation of the attempt will be recorded by Guinness themselves, as they will record location, time, and conditions.
Hall’s Raminator truck is one of two new pieces that debuted this past season. His teammate, Mat Dishman, got an identical chassis to Hall’s truck. The Raminator and Dishman’s truck, Rammunition, were upgraded with new looks for the year, with Hall going to a black and grey design, and Dishman’s truck having a red, silver and camouflage look. Both trucks also would get 3D looks, as each would have the Ram head popping out from the sides and the hood, each complete with red eyes, and Hall’s truck even having nozzles added to shoot smoke.
The team’s third driver, Mike Miller, got a completely new look and sponsor, as his truck would become the only factory-sponsored truck on the circuit, sponsored by OEM-Mopar, and becoming Mopar Muscle. Miller’s chassis, however, was retired after this season, and he also will be getting an identical piece to what Hall and Dishman have.
The new chassis for the Hall Brothers Racing team has a beefier cradle area where the four-link bars are located, and has a lower center of gravity, perfect for racing. Hall’s truck will be powered by a 565 cubic inch HEMI engine, which puts out over 2000 horsepower.
Hall already has many accolades to his name and his team, as does crew chief Tim Hall. Now, he’s looking to add Guinness World Record holder to that resume.
Keep with AllAboutHorsepower.com for coverage of the attempt, as well as results.
NOTE: Special thanks to June Hall, Mark’s wife, for information on this event, as well as Paul Monroe, track official with Family Events, for knowledge of the timing system that will be used.
LATEST UPDATE, 12/15 at 10:46 a.m. ET
On a cool, yet sunny, morning in Austin, Texas, Mark Hall emerged from his hauler in his red and black firesuit. His Raminator truck was ready, as was teammate Mike Miller’s, who was in attendance for display.
Former driver Dale Benear was cleaning up the windshield, while crew chief and brother Tim tuned the truck, and the time was nearing to go after a world record that has stood for years. The frontstretch of the Circuit of the Americas would be the piece of the track to be used as Hall was ready to go after the speed record that has stood for years, set by Randy Moore.
Hall was ready. There were no cars, no ramps, nothing on the track except timing equipment and a 10,000-pound truck. He fired up the truck, and was ready to see if the HEMI would hold up and if the Firestone tires would stick to the track.
Not only would they stick, but the truck was screaming like the Indy Cars that normally would be on that track. At the end of the straightaway, Hall slowed up, and the equipment was checked. It took some time to confirm, but when the results were gathered and reviewed, there was no question as to what was accomplished.
The Raminator can now lay claim as being the fastest truck, and Hall can now say he is the fastest driver.
His truck was recorded at a top speed of 99.1 MPH, over two MPH faster than the previous record. No truck has gone faster than the HEMI-powered beast. There’s always the question of whether a truck will hit the 100 MPH barrier, and now it is highly possible that mark could be reached. However, for the moment, it is Hall that has the honor of claiming he is fastest behind the wheel.
Guinness World Record adjudicator, Joanna Hustling, then presented Hall with his official certificate of setting the record.
From all of us atAll About Horsepower, congratulations on the newest achievement in your illustrious career.