South America- the truth must be told!!!

American Ride

Well-Known Member
Hello monster truck fans this is Mike Fonder President of A.P.Motorsports and the producer of the Monster Truck Wars Tour to South America. Some people know and some dont that our tour has had a lot of ups and downs while on tour to South America and worked with some good promoters and ofcourse bad promoters. Ed Beckley is a good friend and great promoter to work with here in the U.S. and told me i should be posting this information on this site to inform our community of what is happening to us in South America. Our tour started out great with shows in Colombia before moving our equipment to Chile and Bolivia to perform shows. After performing these shows we returned to the U.S. to wait as our equipment was to be shippped back to Colombia for a 24 show run from September to November 2010 at which point we were suppose to return in 2011 to perform shows in Southern South American country's of Argentina, Paraguay and Peru and head north to perform in Ecuador and central America.

Well this is were it gets interesting upon returning to the U.S. while our equipment was sent to Colombia the promoter Ricardo Santamaria keep putting us off telling us he would be sending us money for deposit for the next set of shows and airplane tickets to return which was suppose to take place in September. Well the next thing you know its October, November and finally December before we find out that this promoter is actually part of the Drug Cartel in Colombia and had no intention in having us return to Colombia as if they held our equipment long enough it would be conviscated by the goverment of Colombia and auctioned off to pay the storage fees and so forth which had been ongoing for months making it imposible for us to recover our equipment. The worst part for us rite now is to know the U.S. Goverment is involved with the Colombian goverment to fight the drug cartel and will do nothing to help us! Thats rite the same goverment i served in the military and pay taxes too wont lift a finger to help us as we have contacted the U.S. Embassey in Colombia, the State Department and several other agencys to say they can do nothing! ******** in my book and thats my opinion and mine only. Yes we got ourselfs into this but you would think our goverment would look into this matter as five race trucks, a ride truck and three motorcycles and a moto-x-jumping ramp are being held hostage for something we had nothing to do with. We are talking about a million dollars in equipment and several peoples lively hoods on the lines if we do not recover our equipment.
I will be going to the media next to spread the word not only here in the U.S. but worldwide about the promoters of South America and how they feed on Americans time and time again and try to rip us off of our equipment to run monster truck shows in South America. Now to set the record straight there are two promoters that brought us to South America and we checked there companys out before we evan signed contracts with them. The one promoter Humberto Guervara with his company Hydrotech checked out and he is the owner and operator and does civil work for the goverment of Colombia. His partner Ricardo Santamaria and the Enfarrados company also checked out, but we later find out its his wifes family company and he is not evan on the board of directors for this company. He simply used this company name to cover his real identity as a drug cartel foot soldier.

We are all struggling to come up with the money to get our equipment back as the shipping company from Miami Florida Dima Cargo was trying to inflate our shipping cost and storage fees to benefit himself and make sure we could not get our equipment back. My opinion is that Mike Quintero from Dima Cargo is somehow involved with these guys to screw us out of our equipment as he informs us he had no contract with these guys to ship our equipment. WHAT no contract oh yes they send me money and i ship whatever they want with no contracts. Does this sound fishy to you also, it does to me!!!! Now our equipment left the U.S. being shippped by American Promotions and is now in the Enfarrados name at the port in Colombia were as i can not evan go and get it. I will not mention a name but we have a representative from our crew down there trying to get all the information together for us to get our equipment back.
Just want everyone in our monster truck community to know about what is happening to us and has happened to others that have also gone to South America. Everysituation is different but they all seem to end up in the same situation getting screwed!! So if you get an offer no matter how good of an offer step back look at and make sure the terms and conditions are rite before you end up as we are! We were suppose to have shipping paid round trip along with Insurance and bonding of equipment during shipping and while in South America according to our contracts. Well we now find out that this is a huge mess and we have to get ourselfs out of it.

Thank You Mike Fonder
 

rns0504

Well-Known Member
Whose equipment is still stuck there?

These South America deals always sound like a bad idea to me. Nothing good seems to come out of down there.
 

isonater911

Well-Known Member
That sucks Mike, same thing Matt says goes for me. Also totally agree with Ryan. It seems South America and monster trucks don't get along too well. That is now both tours that have had people screwing with the lifes of others and their family. I hope this situation ends up like the other one, and the trucks get home safely.
 

indyh2

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Yeah I agree. I don't understand why people in the industry still travel down their... If I was fortunate enough to have a truck their is no way I would just up and leave my equipment over their...
Is their a such thing as clean money in Columbia and places like that anyway???
 

southern excitement

Owner - Strait Jacket Monster Truck
i know how this feels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you guys get lucky enough to have someone as determined as Rob French was to save your stuff. If it wasnt for him we would have lost our stuff as well
 

cyclone

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WOW!!! That sucks. It's crazy to think how other countries and especially down there are like that. If you need any help mike please let me know. I would be glad to help.
 

RedeemerMT

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Not to make fun of the situation at hand since it really is unfortunate, but I picture a convoy of monster trucks firing up in the dead of night driven by some very angry US citizens AKA monster truck owners. Crushing whatever gets in the way and running straight onto a self-chartered container ship.

This may only work in the movies, but seriously...........how do they think they can just keep someone's property like that with no recourse........Good Luck down there.
 

maximumdestruction

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So this is somehow the US's fault? As much as I dislike PresBO, I think that you share some of the fault for not doing your research. It is pretty common knowledge among people that I know that travel to Columbia that this is common and the State Department would have told you the same had you asked them before traveling. Sorry for your mess but it seems to me your trying to close the barn door after the horses ran away.
 

RebelReaper

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I hope all turns out well and I also hope that NO PERSON book any more South America shows! Learn by example!
 

Petan

Member
Dear Monster Truck community,
Please stop playing with the savages in foreign countries. The $ is just as green at home. Look at Europe and Australia, They were civilized enough to purchase and build their own equipment.
 

michaelharper9

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I think Fonder should call Rob French, as he has success getting trucks back from SA. (He might not help, considering Fonder trash talked him last year.)
 

carcrusher

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hmm, Mike Fonder, lost equipment, empty promises, who would have EVER guessed it...
God forbid we show a little sympathy around here once in a while instead of people trying to bury each other.

I feel terrible for the folks like Kevin who are busting their rear ends to break even in this industry, something they love, have this happen to them and then take so long and so much extra money to get it back. Regardless of who is at fault, we should be thinking of those who were directly affected the most rather than taking sarcastic jabs.

This coming from one of the most cynical, sarcastic people you will ever meet. But seriously - grow up.
 

funntheson

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So this is somehow the US's fault? As much as I dislike PresBO, I think that you share some of the fault for not doing your research. It is pretty common knowledge among people that I know that travel to Columbia that this is common and the State Department would have told you the same had you asked them before traveling. Sorry for your mess but it seems to me your trying to close the barn door after the horses ran away.
Yeah, I feel for the guy, but it has nothing to do with our country/government. I'm sure if everything went great he was going to voluntarily cut a check to our government?
 

monsterjamman24

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I truly feel bad for everyone who still has there truck stuck down there, But I guess we didnt learn anything thing from the BigFoot 9 incident or the other almost incident(thank god for Rob French), again sorry to those who have there trucks stuck down there but honestly they should have seen this coming.
 
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