Raminator show smashing success
Hundreds view monster trucks at Wittrock Motor Company
September 11, 2013
The 10,000-pound Raminator made quick work of the 10 vehicles provided by
Quandt Auto Salvage for
the car-crushing show at
Wittrock Motor Co.,
U.S. 30 West,
Every time the 5 tons of monster truck came crashing down, the cheers rose from the hundreds of people on hand for the car crush, the main attraction of the Raminator visit last Friday and Saturday at Wittrock Motor Co., Highway 30 West.
The visit featured two generations of Raminators - an older version that's outfitted on back for rides for up to eight passengers and the other, which performed the car crushing.
Wittrock Motor brought a Raminator show to Carroll for the first time in 2011, and dealership owner Kevin Wittrock said it likely will be an every-other-year attraction.
"It gives backs to the community," he said. "It was fun for us to bring something unique to the community. It's not every day you have a monster-truck event going on in your backyard. Chrysler promotes this. It promotes the Ram (pickup truck) brand. But at the same time it proves to be a day of fun for everybody in the area."
Wittrock said the turnout Friday and Saturday was remarkable. Adults and children stood in line sometimes 45 minutes to an hour both days for a chance to take a ride on a Raminator.
A ride was a particularly big deal for a young man in a wheelchair who was hoisted aboard through a team effort.
Immediately after the ride, Wittrock recounted, "I said, 'I think we made his day,' and one of his relatives said, 'I think it made his year.' He was just grinning ear to ear."
Wittrock estimates as many as 800 people at the car-crushing show.
"It was a fantastic turnout," he said. "We had cars parked all the way up and down the frontage road (in front of the dealership). It was unbelievable the number of people here."
For the show, spectators filled bleachers and stood along the grounds south of the dealership.
Observing the crowd reaction, Wittrock said, "The kids just really enjoyed it. When they were watching the actual crush, the kids in the bleachers were just screaming with excitement. That really felt good to be a part of that. That was probably the best part about it."
Visitors took photos from all angles of the Raminators, which are more than 10 feet high.
Raminators. with more than 2,000 horsepower, compete in monster-truck races throughout the year. When they're not racing, the trucks are featured at trade shows, farm shows and other events.
Since 2002, Ram Truck has sponsored Raminator and Rammuniton monster trucks owned by Hall Brothers Racing of Champaign, Ill.
The popularity of the Raminator visit at Wittrock also paid off for United Way of Carroll. Farmland donated hot dogs for the food concessions, and the more than $1,000 raised will be donated to United Way, which supports agencies serving people of all ages with an array of needs - from day care to food pantry to home care.
Quandt Auto Salvage provided the 10 vehicles for the car crush.
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