The First Monster Truck to Do a Backflip
In the world of extreme sports, there is one stunt that has gained a cult following: the monster truck backflip. It’s almost become an iconic move in the sport of monster truck driving, and it’s no wonder why. It’s a daring feat of showmanship and skill combined with some serious engineering prowess.
The first time a monster truck performed a backflip was on May 20th, 2011 at the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. This momentous event was achieved by driver and stuntman Brian Barthel in his Grave Digger monster truck.
The Grave Digger was built on an original chassis with an 800 horsepower engine and special shocks to help absorb the impact of flipping over backwards. In order to pull off this remarkable stunt, Barthel had to accelerate his truck up to 70 miles per hour before attempting the flip.
When Barthel pulled off the first successful backflip, he became an instant celebrity in the world of extreme sports – not only did he have the guts to attempt such a daring maneuver but he also had the skill and precision required to make it happen. Since then, there have been several other drivers who have attempted similar feats but none have been able to top Barthel’s original jump.
For those looking for a more extreme experience when attending Monster Jam events, they can now witness drivers performing double backflips in their specially designed trucks – something that may not have been possible without Barthel’s pioneering efforts all those years ago.
The first monster truck to do a successful backflip was driven by Brian Barthel at the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas on May 20th, 2011 in his Grave Digger monster truck. Since then, several other drivers have attempted similar stunts but none have been able to top Barthel’s original jump – making him an iconic figure in extreme sports for generations to come.