"Team work makes the dream work."
- SOMEONE ONCE SAID
Kelvin got his first pickup in high school, and would take it to the local sand pits and play. He’d drive through water, over jumps, get sideways, and just have fun. He was the first at his high school to put a lift and big Super Swamper tires on his 1973 Chevy truck. After high school, Kelvin moved to Arizona to attend Universal Technical Institute where he competed in student drag races, and also did his first truck pull. After graduation, he moved back to California and started going 4-wheeling with local off road clubs. He’s been to most of the off-road spots in California, including the Rubicon, Hollister Hills and Pismo, and participated in annual events like Mud-In-Yer- Eye. “I did a lot more truck pulls and also a few mud bogs. I’ve also raced 80cc Shifter Karts, and earned a Kart Track Championship in 2000.”
The first time Kelvin and his wife saw a monster truck, they both thought it looked like a lot of fun!! So, in 1984, they started buying parts and building a truck of their own. One of the 4-wheel drive clubs they belonged to, was asked to volunteer at several ZZYZX Motorsports events-which is where they met the promoter, Dave Matthews, and many different monster truck drivers. “I would jump in and help whenever needed with several monster truck teams, ask questions, and learn as much as I could by observing the trucks.”
In 1987 Kelvin was in a bad accident as a passenger in a service truck and had to sell most of the monster truck parts they had gathered to pay for doctors and living expenses. But by 1988, they started building a monster truck again. In 1991, Kelvin started an Auto Transport company, and as the business grew they had to sell the second collection of monster truck parts to buy more transport trucks. However that did not stop them from going to shows and helping different teams, and even bringing in their 45 ton wrecker to a local Monster Jam show, where they towed the legendary Dennis Anderson’s Grave Digger off the track. In 1997, they started over for the 3rd time. The third time was the charm! They had saved, bought parts and built the truck in their spare time. The truck took 7 years to complete, 1997 to 2004.
In 1998, Kelvin started driving a ride truck for Sam Sturges. The ride truck had a car seat mounted in it so 1-year old Rosalee could ride with him while he drove. She loved that! His first time in a race truck was at a show in Santa Maria, CA in 2001. He continued to drive both the ride truck and the race truck for the Sturges team at several shows a year up until the debut of our truck at Madera, CA on October 1, 2004. Kelvin’s first Monster Jam show was Anaheim in January, 2005. That year he was nominated for Monster Jam Rookie of the Year, a title his daughter would go on to earn in 2016.
Since starting his monster truck career, Kelvin has accumulated countless wins in Monster of Destruction, WGAS, and Monster Jam, as well as nominations for Wow Factor, Wheelie, Donut, and Save of the Year, and winning 2017 Save of the Year and 2017 Stadium Wheelie of the Year-not too surprising after having earned the title of “Wheelie King” after years of crazy wheelies in arenas as well as stadiums.
Seeing the country and meeting people is Kelvin’s favorite part of travelling with the monster trucks. “Our family has been to many places including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, Carlsbad Caverns, Silverton Falls, Oregon Sand Dunes, Galveston Island, NASA in Houston, Mt. Rushmore, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Space Needle, and numerous water parks and amusement parks. We’ve also followed part of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Both of our kids have done reports at school based on places they’ve actually been to and historical things they’ve seen. Along the way, we’ve met many people. Wherever we go, whether it’s at a show or a truck stop or even at the movies, we enjoy seeing the smiles that the monster trucks bring to people’s faces. I am truly living the dream.”
In just 5 years, Rosalee Ramer has become a stand out driver in the world of Monster Trucks. She's gone from racing trophy karts at age 11 to being the Monster Jam 2016 Rookie of the Year at age 18. Rosalee’s love for monster trucks began at age 3 when she held flashlights for her dad, Kelvin Ramer, while he worked late nights on his truck, Time Flys. Her love for these monstrous machines only grew the more she worked on them. At age 11 she began driving her trophy kart “Time Flys Jr.”- winning races and doing mini-freestyle runs whenever she got the chance. That same year Rosalee started moving the monsters around in the pits and by that point there was no turning back, she was hooked.
Rosalee’s first show in a monster truck was in 2012 at the age of 14. That same year she won Rookie of the Year for WGAS. The title “World's Youngest Professional Female Monster Truck Driver” soon found its way to the media, and lead her to some amazing opportunities with shows like Good Morning America, The Today Show, and an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres show. With WGAS Rosalee has had a countless number of wins in racing, wheelies, freestyle and even a high jump contest-fans created the title “Fearless” for her, and since then it has stuck.
Rosalee won her first Monster Jam Competition in 2015 and went on to be a 4 time Monster Jam event winner. All of Rosalee’s hard work payed off when she earned an invitation to the Monster Jam World Final’s Double Down Showdown 2016; a competition for rookie drivers. She is the youngest female to compete in it. March of 2017 was one of the biggest moments in Rosalee’s career. After a successful season on the Fox Sports 1 West Monster Jam tour, she was invited to compete in the Monster Jam World Finals!
In her first year of the World Finals Freestyle Competition, she placed top 10-higher than any female that has competed since 2009, and she did this at the young age of only 19!
Rosalee graduated from an highly acclaimed, college preparatory charter school. She now is a full time student at Georgia Tech, studying mechanical engineering. Rosalee emphasizes the importance of education and working hard. “If you stay focused and work hard, you’re on your way to making your dreams come true.” she says. She hopes to show the future generations of girls and boys that there are no limitations to what you can do.
Rosalee is now competing with her dad, against so many monster truck drivers whom she's looked up to all her life. She is truly living the dream. <3