I really didn't have too much of an idea of what went on at a Monster Jam so everything was new to me. What I thought we would see was a lot of demolition with a ton of cars getting smashed up without much rhyme or reason. That could not have been too much farther from the truth!
The first part of the show were fun races of Sprint cars that zoomed across the track, often on two wheels or less. They got us in the mood for what was to come and soon we heard the tell-tale rev of the 1500+ horsepower engines. Monster trucks stand around 12 feet tall and have over 5 foot tall tires. The rumbling of the trucks entering the stadium could be felt throughout our bodies.
The 15 trucks paraded into the stadium and lined up for the qualifiers.
Monster Jam Racing racers were:
- El Toro Loco®(yellow) driven by Becky McDonough
- def Grave Digger® driven by Jon Zimmer
- Mohawk Warrior® driven by George Balhan
- def Shocker driven by Pat Gerber
- Northern Nightmare℠ driven by Cam McQueen
- def Detour driven by Garret Ladelle
- Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw
- def El Diablo℠ driven by JP
- Batman™ driven by John Seasock
- def Obsession driven by Rick Swanson
- Iron Man™ driven by Lee O'Donnell
- def Titan driven by Donald Epidendio
- Time Fly's driven by Kelvin Ramer
- def Obsessed driven by Eric Swanson
- Monster Mutt℠ Dalmatian driven by Taryn Laskey
The battle of the super heroes commenced with Batman coming out on top over Ironman.
My early favorite was the Monster Energy truck, he beat his competitors in the semi-finals but was outraced by Mohawk Warrior in the final round.
The fastest round went to Mohawk Warrior with a time of 22:25 giving him the trophy.
Run after run the trucks jumped higher and farther. Some landed so hard that wheels, axles and gear-boxes were damaged. Several rolled smashing the the tops of the trucks and some were even able continue after to win!
I plan on trying to attend Monster Jam every year at least once. It was INCREDIBLE!
A few things that I recommend for others interested in attending would be:
- Ear protection is a must, especially for children and people close to the field
- Check out if your favorite truck is running on the day you choose, there are over 80 different trucks that travel the nation wide tour
- Eat before you arrive and bring snacks for little ones, you don't want to miss out on the races
- The view is great at field level but if you want to see the whole track, go up a level
- Bring a camera! Camcorders are not allowed however
- Be sure to buy the Pitt Pass so you can get up close and personal with the trucks and the drivers before the show
DISCLAIMER: My family received media passes to review Monster Jam. All thoughts and ideas are my own. Do not use any photos without permission.