Every time I see Above-N-Beyond, I start to wish Pat would bring it back, even as only a part-time identity for Thrasher. That name would lend itself to so many cool paint schemes. Of course, Thrasher is just a twinge more intimidating
Ok, excuse the spelling of names but as I remember...
Above N Beyond - Pat Summa
Auto Value - Scott Stephens
Bad Medicine - Don VanLoo
MicroMachines - John Breen
Nite Life - Scott Smozanek
No Problem - John Moore
Snake Byte - Gene Paterson (aka Colt Cobra)
It's definitely 1991 - I have the race on tape as an episode of Trucks and Tractor Power. IIRC, this was the last race ever for Night Life - Wayne Smozanek rolled the truck violently during qualifying and although he was able to make repairs to run in racing, the next time he ran the truck fully repaired it was renamed Tropical Thunder. This was also the same race where Auto Value King Krunch had an equally violent rollover and started a Series of Unfortunate Events for Scott on the Special Events tour that year.
Man, does that bring back some memories!! I to believe it was 91' because that is when the Snake Bite thing started. Could it be 90'? It has been a few bumps to the head since then!! I remember that we shot a centerspread for off-road mag. there also on the whole Snakebite thing. 91' also saw "Colt Cobra" noticed as a mover and shaker in the 4X4 world in 4-wheel mag. Something that has since never ever been duplicated by any other MT driver. Yes, I am braggin about it and I am proud to have been a part of something that many said would never amount to anything. One picture that is missing was of Porter in Carolina Crusher, he won that series that year didn't he? Thanks for bringing back some good memories..
Boy do i miss those days! Great memories, great trucks, good times. As much as i love this fast, light, and powerful generation of trucks, I miss the old shiny, chromed out, suped up, tricked out, hard bodied trucks of the old days. (tear rolls down cheek)
I tell you, I really loved that season of racing. It was just awsome. I'll get into trouble for saying this about Wayne Smozanec, but in my opinion, he just couldnt drive a monster truck. I mean some drivers have have a learning curve in those trucks but wow. I'm not saying I would be any better but even the 4 link tropical thunder!! I just dont think he was cut out to drive those trucks. There are other drivers in my opinion, but he is top on my list.