Have you never ever dreamt of driving a monster truck? These extraordinary big-tire vehicles fascinate and strike everyone – young and old – fond of motorsports. Even if having one will probably remain a dream for many, watching them in action is much easier: one can just take part in one of the stages of the Monster Jam World Tour, with more than 300 shows worldwide every year.
Each event is a thrilling motorsport show where monster trucks perform amazing stunts on an obstacle course. Drivers demonstrate their abilities in two different types of competition: racing and freestyle. The first is done on an obstacle course. The first truck crossing the finishing line with the smallest number of penalties wins the race. In the freestyle competition instead, drivers have 60 or 90 seconds to show the audience and the jury their outstanding skills to perform the most amazing stunts. These include frantic maneuvering and breathtaking jumps over distances of up to 40 meters in length and 7 meters in height.
However, the actual stars of the show – even more than the drivers – are the monster trucks. These powerful fighting trucks are more than three meters tall and weigh over 4 tons. They are equipped with extra-strong suspensions and giant tires – up to 1.70 meters of diameters, which are specially designed by BKT, the official and exclusive tire manufacturer of Monster Jam till 2018.
For an even more eye-catching effect, every monster truck has a combat name and is outfitted and decorated to play its part in the show. Along with the memorable Grave Digger, El Toro Loco and Maximum Destruction, since this year also the Marvel Team with Spiderman, Wolverine and Ironman have gone in. They challenge each other in the arenas worldwide pushing their way through obstacles like cars, trucks, busses and other vehicles to be demolished including even boats and airplanes. There are more than 3,000 vehicles destroyed by these “beasts” every year!
Yet, the Monster Jam event is not limited to the show: during pre-show parties, fans have the opportunity to go onto the ground to meet their favorite stars, go close to the monster trucks and take a closer look at the obstacles these are going to face. For young and old spectators, the Monster Jam events are an unforgettable experience – very close to one’s hero.