A Brief History of Monster Trucks Doing Multiple Backflips

At some point, monster truck freestyle should become an Olympic event.

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Every now and then, we check in on the goings-on in the world of Monster Jam, the biggest and wildest monster truck racing series on earth. And every time, we're astounded. From to to , competitors in Monster Jam's freestyle events are doing nothing short of magic.

And now, we can add multiple-backflip maneuvers to the book.

This type of trick was first brought to our attention when landed while competing at the February 24th Stadium Championship Series 2 event in Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

It's an amazing feat, to be sure—especially considering that Diesel Dave only joined Monster Jam in 2018. He's one of the cast of DiscoveryTV's "Diesel Brothers" (), and his "BroDozer" monster truck is the first in a long time to come to Monster Jam with a diesel powertrain.

But as impressive as Diesel Dave's performance was—it nudged Team BroDozer to their second Freestyle overall win—it's just the latest in a long series of Monster Jam multi-backflip attempts.

First, some terminology: We can't call Diesel Dave's performance a "double backflip." Technically speaking, a double backflip would involve two complete mid-air rotations, with no part of the truck touching the ground. Diesel Dave's move is more accurately known as "consecutive backflips," since the truck's wheels hit the ground in between the two rotations.

Monster Jam competitors have been perfecting the consecutive backflip since early 2012. In January of that year, George Balhan, , was the first driver to attempt consecutive backflips in a Monster Jam freestyle competition:

By 2014, consecutive backflips had become Balhan's signature move:

So what about an actual double-backflip? Glad you asked. The first competitor to attempt it was Tom Meents. Driving Maximum Destruction, Meents first gave it a go at the double-backflip at East Rutherford in 2012. Close, but no cigar:

Since then, attempting the double-backflip has been Meents' signature move. Has he ever nailed it? Yes, but at the expense of trashing his monster truck:

More double-backflipping action, you say? Glad you asked:

Double backflips. Consecutive backflips. Front flips. Whatever the heroes of Monster Jam come up with next, it's bound to be wild.

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