Note: This feature is in the Jan. TT&C 2017 issue.
Die-Cast Promotions has produced six trucks for Damon Montague. A seventh model will be released in February.
When Damon (pronounced D’mon) Montague tinkers with model trucks, he always goes with green. Green is the signature color on the seven die-cast trucks he’s created as short-run production models. The color signifies his other passion—the U.S. Army.
“Talking to me, we’re either going to talk Army or trucks, that’s it,” he says with a laugh.
Now living in El Paso, Texas, Damon’s passion for trucks came first. He started building 1/25 scale plastic model kits when he was about 8 years old, and he has early memories of being instantly drawn to the hobby.
“I was 7 or 8 years old, when it started to take shape, like, ‘I’m kind of good at this. I like this,’” he says. Growing up in Houston, Texas, he and his cousin entered their models in local competitions so they could get into the shows for free. He remembers one particular show that brought him affirmation of his skills.
“We came back the next day and there was a trophy next to my truck and I was floored. That was a big deal,” he says.
In 1986, Damon joined the U.S. Army, a career that would span more than 20 years before he retired in 2008 as a first sergeant.
During his career, he served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield with the 82nd Airborne Division.
“I have 20 years worth of stories,” he says. As a drill sergeant for three years at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., he trained thousands of soldiers.
“I took a lot of pride in that,” he says. “Everything for me in the Army was setting people up for success and knowing how to get to that success.”
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