From humble origins

For Over Four Decades

Stage 1

And Multiple Stages of Development

Stage 2

Through the Ingenuity of many unsung heros

Stage 3

Monster Trucks have Evolved

Stage 4

This is their story

MONSTER TRUCK TECHNOLOGY - Deluxe Hardcover Edition

The Definitive History of Monster Truck Evolution

From humble origins, for over four decades and multiple stages of development, monster trucks have evolved from a backyard hobby to a billion-dollar industry due in large part to the efforts and ingenuity of many unsung heroes.  This is their story.    

In the book, Monster Truck Technology – The Definitive History of Monster Truck Evolution author Marty Garza takes the reader on a detailed historical journey through the various phases of monster truck development. For the first time anywhere, the reader is provided not only with a step by step chronology of technological advancements in key areas such as monster truck tires, axles, chassis, suspension, and drivetrain but equally important, the context in which they were created.  In addition, the author also presents early examples of previously unknown variations of the concept which predate the establishment of the term. 

For decades there have been persistent debates concerning various aspects of the creation of the monster truck.  Such quarrels are often flawed as they are largely based on the fundamental presumption that the monster truck is a static concept in terms of both composition and purpose.  This book delineates how the monster truck is not a singular creation, but instead the sum of many technologies orchestrated in such a manner to achieve purposes which, like the vehicles themselves, have evolved over time.

Uniquely, Monster Truck Technology – The Definitive History of Monster Truck Evolution does not rely upon high resolution staged photos and instead provides exhaustive factual information depicting raw images which are true to the very nature of the developments themselves. 

The objective of this book is to document and preserve the heritage of the monster truck industry and to give credit to those individuals whose contributions have been largely unrecognized but which played a significant role in achieving the spectacular level of technology and performance witnessed by millions of fans globally today.

Pages: 456

Size: 8.5x11 (inches)

Format: Hardcover

Paper: Premium Color 70 lb.

Illustrations: 692 color photos & diagrams

(Laminated Paperback Also Available)



About the Author

Marty Garza has spent most of his life engaged in all aspects of truck performance.  His interest in monster trucks began during their infancy circa 1980 which led him to a crew position for a team as early as 1984.  In 1989 he debuted the first in a series of ‘Overkill’ monster trucks earning a USHRA Thunder National Championship in 1992.  He later capitalized on his knowledge of the subject to establish Truck Toyz Performance which built many multi-award-winning street trucks for customers worldwide.  His creations have been featured in a great many magazines and one of his personal trucks was recognized as the Best Engineered Late Model at the prestigious SEMA Show in Las Vegas. 

Sought after for his extensive knowledge of the subject, Marty was contracted as the ‘Monster Tech’ feature writer for Truck World Online and as a commentator for ‘Truck Tech’ on the Motor Edge television series. He was also enlisted as a Technical Advisor for the Monster Truck Racing Association and has served on its Board of Directors for over a decade currently serving as Vice-President.  As an outspoken advocate for safety, he has conducted interviews with many major network news organizations and has been recognized with several industry safety awards earning the distinction as the first recipient of the prestigious Robert B. Chandler Award for Safety in 2018. 

In 2014 Marty joined forces with his long-time friend Michael Vaters Sr. to campaign ‘Overkill Evolution’ with Michael Vaters II at the helm quickly securing the 2014 Monster Jam Young Guns Championship returning the following year to earn the 2015 Monster Jam World Freestyle Championship.  His team continues to amass wins on the competition circuit where he enjoys serving as Crew Chief.  For his over three decades of contributions to the industry, in 2018 Marty was inducted into the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame.