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Jason Gonderman
Jason Gonderman

Jason Gonderman

Feature Editor

Jason Gonderman was born and raised in sunny Southern California and grew up with subscriptions to 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Four Wheeler, and many other off-road magazines. The off-road bug bit hard after a summer building up a Baja Bug with friends to drive in the sand dunes of Glamis (Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area). After that it was over and he bought his first 4wd vehicle, a 1999 Ford Ranger that eventually transformed into a capable desert pre-runner and back-country adventurer. Jason has logged thousands of miles off-road in many different terrains and vehicles. He has raced the Baja 1000, participated in the Ultimate Adventure, and covered Top Truck Challenge, Diesel Power Challenge, Real Truck Club Challenge, and many other big name events. When not behind the computer Jason can be found fabricating truck parts, shooting short-course off-road races, riding dirt bikes with his wife, or participating in any sort of other 'extreme' activity.
  • More from Jason Gonderman




  • Speed Stop - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    Speed Stop - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    By Anthony Soos, Jeremy Cook
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    The Speed Stop Challenge was the second event of the day, also offering three attempts to each competitor, using the same starting point as the Slalom.

  • Slalom - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    Slalom - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    Response Testing
    By Anthony Soos, Jeremy Cook
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    The first event of the long, competitive day was the Slalom. From a standing start, each truck travels 480 feet from timer to timer between eight cones at 60-foot intervals.



  • 1968 Chevrolet C-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1968 Chevrolet C-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Marcel Venable -- Fullerton, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    We love built old-school trucks, and they don’t get much more built than Marcel Venable’s 1968 Chevrolet C-10.

  • 1959 Chevrolet Apache - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1959 Chevrolet Apache - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Wes Drelleshak -- Vista, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    This 1959 Chevrolet Apache is definitely the senior citizen of this group, but just because it’s a little older doesn’t mean grandpa can’t dance.

  • 1994 Chevrolet S-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1994 Chevrolet S-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Bill Speed -- Santa Barbara, CA
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    If light weight and a lot of power are a recipe for performance, then Bill Speed’s 1994 Chevrolet S-10 is one tasty treat, with a stripped down S-10 chassis packing more than 400 horses.

  • 2007 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2007 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Jesus Mora -- Anaheim, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    Alex Esparza and Jesus Mora’s 2007 GMC Sierra regular cab isn’t the most radical truck at this year’s competition, but we think it’s one of the more handsome ones, in a low-key way.

  • 2006 Chevrolet Silverado SS - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2006 Chevrolet Silverado SS - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Alex Cortez, South Bay, CA
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    This 2006 Chevrolet Silverado SS may not have the same street cred as its predecessor, but that didn’t stop Alex Cortez from building up his 2006 with a 410ci LS stroker engine with 9.5:1 forged pistons.

  • 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Nass Hassan – Pomona, CA
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    Among the army of Ford Lightnings that came out to represent at this year's Throwdown is Nass Hassan's 2004 Ford F-150 Lightning model.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2014 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Luis “Beto” Rodriguez – Anaheim, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    A lot of the trucks at this year's competition could be considered "sleepers," but Luis "Beto" Rodriguez's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will make you think twice before taking this truck on.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Magnuson Superchargers -- Ventura, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    Magnuson Supercharger's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado might not be the most wildly built truck at this year's competition.

  • 2008 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2008 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Rick Lopez -- Wasco, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    Rick Lopez' 2008 GMC Sierraa is a wolf in sheep's clothing with yet another regular-cab 6.0L swap.

  • 1968 GMC Custom Pickup Truck - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1968 GMC Custom Pickup Truck - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Neil Tomyn -- Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Sean Haggai, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook

    Neil Tomyn’s 1968 GMC Custom certainly falls in that category, with a built 434ci engine with F.A.S.T. fuel injection, AFR heads, a Scat rotating assembly a Comp Cams drivetrain, and 11.8:1 pistons.

  • 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: George Dias – Oakdale, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    George Dias’ 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning is no stranger to performance competition, having competed in numerous autocross events, including Good Guys, the American Auto-X series, and SCCA.

  • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Javier Hernandez -- Anaheim, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    The small truck, big engine combo proved to be a popular one at this year’s Throwdown, with Javier Hernandez brought a 6.0L-powered short-bed 2004 Chevrolet Silverado to the competition.

  • 2003 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2003 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Roger Pineda -- Santa Ana, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    Roger Pineda has a sweet regular-cab 6.0L Silverado. Wait a second, you say…Chevy never offered a factory 6.0L regular-cab 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.

  • 2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Jesus Delgado -- Ontario, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    What better truck to represent at a performance truck competition than the definitive performance truck – the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning?

  • Truckin Throwdown 2014 - Presented By EBC Brakes
    Truckin Throwdown 2014 - Presented By EBC Brakes
    Part One: Vehicle Spotlight
    By Jeremy Cook
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    More than a dozen truck owners from all over the USA and Canada trekked to California Speedway in a quest to destroy their tires at our 2014 Truckin Throwdown presented by EBC Brakes.

  • VM Motori: Fully Acquired By Fiat
    VM Motori: Fully Acquired By Fiat
    GM No Longer a Stakeholder in Italian Diesel Engine Manufacturer VM Motori
    By Monica Gonderman
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Monica Gonderman

    Fiat, after purchasing half of VM Motori in 2010, just acquired the other half from General Motors for $47.1 million, giving Fiat complete ownership of the Cento, Italy, diesel engine producer.



  • 2012 LOORRS Round 3 - Pro 2
    2012 LOORRS Round 3 - Pro 2
    Deegan, Hart, Renezeder take the podium for Round 3
    By Jason Gonderman
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman

    Deegan, Hart, Renezeder take the podium for Round 3

  • 2011 LOORRS Pro 2 - Las Vegas
    2011 LOORRS Pro 2 - Las Vegas
    JEREMY MCGRATH, ROB MACCACHREN take checkered flags
    By Jason Gonderman
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman

    JEREMY MCGRATH, ROB MACCACHREN take checkered flags