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Holman Family Has Stellar Weekend to Finish January Hot Wheels Slate

The Holman family enjoyed a very successful fourth week with the Hot Wheels tour. FAN PHOTO-Marla Carbrey Galati

Although the European leg of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live got a chance to take a week off, go catch a glimpse of the surrounding areas, here on the home front things were not letting up.  Week four of the schedule for the U.S. leg meant a trip to a town that matched a song from Johnny and June Carter Cash, Jackson…as in Jackson, Mississippi.

The difference is, no one was getting married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout.  However, people were sure talking about Jackson, at least once Hot Wheels Live went out.  They went out on the floor at the Mississippi Coliseum.

The three-show weekend started on a Saturday afternoon with a full Crash Zone pre-party for those fans that wanted to get a chance to get in early and meet the heroes that drove the life size die-casts.  But, once the inflatable tracks got put away, and the red carpets were rolled up, it was time to get the competition under way.

Those in attendance for the first show got to see one machine, and in the end one family, taking a bite out of the competition.

The wheelie contest began things, and despite some excellent efforts from Rodney Tweedy in the beautiful Retro Bigfoot and Derick Anson in Demo Derby, it was the amphibious cat the Tiger Shark of Bobby Holman taking the opening win of the night.

Those wanting to see if someone else would knock off Steven Snellen in the V8 Bomber, the only hope they had is if an engine failure occurred during the first revolution.  Instead, the green square body Chevrolet smoked the concrete to hold true to victory, keeping the undefeated streak intact.

The next two parts of the show belonged to Holman as he would ultimately soar to the long jump win, then took out his own son, Cody, in the finals of racing to take a near lock on the Titan Cup.  Snellen would ultimately take away the potential sweep of the biggest competition, as his freestyle would take home a second win on the afternoon.

But, thanks to three strong victories on the night, the veteran driver of the entire fleet was the one taking home a Titan Cup.  Soon after, he was signing autographs, while the crews went to work getting both the trucks reset and the track reworked for another show in just a few hours.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON:

  • Wheelies:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark
  • Donuts:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • Long Jump:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark
  • Racing Finals:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark, def. Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Freestyle:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • TITAN CUP CHAMPION:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark

 

Teams had to really work hard in the time between shows to get the trucks ready for the evening performance.  No major breakage happened in the first show, and by the time things got ready to roar to life in the night, the fans were in for much of the same that came in the afternoon.

That is, at least when it came to the last name.

The wheelie contest did have a Holman in victory lane, but it wasn’t the Shark.  Instead, it was Cody taking the hot rod Bone Shaker to the skies on both his hits over the car stacks to take what was to be his first win of the night, and the weekend.

Both the donut and long jump contests went into a case of repeat, as both the V8 Bomber and the Tiger Shark each took their respective victories from the first show of the day into the evening.  At the same time, it also meant some work going on in the pits, as the Bigfoot team was working on the Hot Wheels Racing 1 machine of Christian Norman.  It even meant breaking out their portable welder to fix a few parts during competition, but it was not enough to keep the title truck out of the racing competition.

What did not happen was a Foot making it to the final round of racing.  Instead, it was the Bone Shaker and Demo Derby doing battle for the quickest off the trigger.  This time, Cody blasted his hot rod the moment the lights went green.  Two shows, two different Holmans were victorious in racing.

It also meant that the Bone Shaker was the last one to take to the track for freestyle, but it was the one that was runner-up in racing that made the most noise.

The machine looks like it was painted with a spray can, but the Demo Derby was blasting every car stack with vengeance, almost to the point that the spokes painted on the front tires were making fans dizzy by how fast they were spinning.

Anson found himself in a familiar spot, victorious in freestyle.  But the Bone Shaker was taking the Titan Cup home on this night, making it a sweep for Team Beast.  It meant there was a potential for a family hat trick, since there was still one show remaining on the weekend.

SATURDAY EVENING:

  • Wheelies:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Donuts:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • Long Jump:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark
  • Racing Finals:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker, def. Derick Anson, Demo Derby
  • Freestyle:  Derick Anson, Demo Derby
  • TITAN CUP CHAMPION:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker

 

The layover into Sunday meant a lot more time to get things fixed, and it also meant with one afternoon show, no one was holding back and it was all-or-nothing to finish the weekend.

What started the afternoon was actually similar to what occurred the night prior.

The Bone Shaker, V8 Bomber, and Tiger Shark all won the same events they did the previous night, wheelies, donuts, and long jump.

It wasn’t until the racing portion of the night where things got a bit different, and in the end made determining the Titan Cup champion a bit more challenging.  The finals came down to the Bone Shaker and Tweedy in Bigfoot.  This year, Holman has seemed to have the Foot’s number, because despite Tweedy’s nickname being “Hot Rod,” the hot rod of the tour was taking the win on this night.

Why the racing portion made things a bit more complicated for the Titan Cup ultimately came down to freestyle.

Snellen showcased that he wasn’t all about spinning circles, but he also was able to hammer every car stack, the big van hill, and also spread some rubber all across the floor.  Snellen in the fans’ eyes was the top man to close out the show, and it meant that officials needed to tally up points to see who would be the champion.  With a pair of wins each, Snellen and Holman were the lone two in the running, but the tie-breaker fell the way of the V8 Bomber.

Snellen spoiled a possible sweep of the Cups by the father and son, but in the end the crowd didn’t care who had the trophy.  Each were heading home happy, and eager for the next event.

SUNDAY:

  • Wheelies:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Donuts:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • Long Jump:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark
  • Racing Finals:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker, def. Rodney Tweedy, Bigfoot
  • Freestyle:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • TITAN CUP CHAMPION:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber

 

Both the U.S. and Europe tours head back to action with a pair of shows, but not as many overall.  The Europe Tour heads to Birmingham, England, at the Arena Birmingham for a pair of shows on Feb. 1 with another afternoon performance on February 2.

Meanwhile, the second calendar month for the U.S. has a single day of action slated in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the American Bank Center.  February 1 will be the only day to catch the life-size toys in action, but a pair of shows in one day will give a couple opportunities to see the beasts in action.  Get your tickets, the second leg of the winter tour is ready to get the green light.

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