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Samson circa 2017


Dan Patrick


Allison Patrick, Rick Steffens

Body Style

Custom 3D Body


565 Brad Anderson Hemi


Coan Powerglide


66" Terra



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New design in 2018

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Samson 2011 MonsterJam IMG 5942-sm


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circa 2003


Samson 1998-2003

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circa 2000

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Samson display chassis.

Samson I was built in the 1980's by Don Maples and was later sold to Dan Patrick in 1988, who specializes in chassis building. Patrick is famous for building the PEI chassis. Dan later rebuilt Samson and it has undergone several paint job changes throughout its years. In 2013, Dan Patrick retired from driving and his daughter, Allison Patrick, now drives Samson. In 2016, Allison's husband Rick Steffens started driving the truck with her. Their company/race team, PEI, is based out Circleville, Ohio. Samson is featured in Monster Truck Madness 2 and Monster Truck Madness 64.


  • 1988 - Samson I is bought.
  • 1990's - Samson competes under Dan Patrick in the PENDA Points Series. Samson sponsored the TV show American Gladiators for a short time.
  • 1996 - Samson has a huge crash, putting Dan Patrick in Dungeon of Doom (with the Samson name) Samson is finished with repairs.
  • 1998 - Samson begins to compete in Monster Jam.
  • 1999 - Samson is featured in Monster Truck Madness 64.
  • 2005 - New Samson/Hulk monster truck debuts.
  • 2007 - One Samson is sold to a park to be on display with Bigfoot 5.
  • 2009 - Another Samson is sent to compete in Australia.
  • 2010 - Samson competes on the Monster Jam Freestyle Mania tour until 2011.
  • 2013 - Dan Patrick retires from driving and lets his daughter, Allison drive the truck.
  • 2013 - Samson begins to compete in Monster Truck Showdown.
  • 2015 - Rick Steffens drives Samson.
  • 2017 - Samson makes it's return to Monster Jam since 2013.
  • 2018 - A new Samson design debuts in the summer.


In 2009, Samson was involved in an accident that caused the death of announcer George Eisenhart after he accidentally stepped in front of Samson while it was moving. He was taken to a nearby hospital. It is known that the show was stopped immediately after the incident, however, some sources say that George had stepped out to "close out the show" when the incident had happened, meaning the show was about to have ended anyway. The next day's show, scheduled for a Sunday Afternoon, was cancelled (despite the fact that the show 8 days earlier, involving Natural High's incident, as well as it's subsequent shows, continued) and tickets were refunded, although this did not happen until George was pronounced dead.

Due to the fact that the accident was graphic, and the fact it happened only 8 days after Natural High's accident, Monster Trucks shows were given more specific rules. Infamously, it is also believed that this and the previous week's incident were responsible for the censoring of Captain's Curse's major crash during World Finals 10 only one month later.

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Samson 1996


Dungeon of Doom with Samson's name.

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Samson running the American Gladiator body design circa 1994-1996

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Samson 1983

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Prototype Samson RESIN (1)

Resin Samson Hot Wheels prototype


Samson Hot Wheels Prototype


Vintage Samson Hot Wheels prototype

$ 57-1

Smart Bean Samson toy

Samson Monster truck

Samson Monster truck

Samson competing in the PENDA Points Series