Monster Jam: the fantastically loud show where giant trucks smash, crush, and jump over unlucky vehicles. Monster trucks started out as a sideshow attraction in tractor pulls, they were slow moving vehicles that drove over old cars and crushed them. As their popularity grew, the trucks became a show (and competition) of their own and were rigged with technology that made them faster, able to jump, and crush cars, buses, boats, and airplanes with greater ease. Each of the trucks have “personalities” that come through via their names, paint jobs, and body molding.
Each show has a different truck lineup. The first half of the show typically consists of trucks navigating a structured route around the area while jumping over cars. Afterwards, there’s an intermission with a half-time show. Besides providing additional entertainment, this period is used to add more junk cars and obstacles to the arena (all of these items have been painted bright caustic yellow to make them highly visible). The last half of the show has monster trucks creating their own routes and performing more adventurous freestyling jumps.
Monster Jam shows and tickets can be found on their official website.* In addition to purchasing seats for the show, they offer “Pit Access” for an additional price.
A full listing of trucks and their drivers can be found on MonsterJam.com’s Truck Directory.
*Tip: This show is best viewed from seats that are higher up and not on the end. Also, be sure to bring hearing protection for all members of your group.
Driven by Sean Duhon, The Zombie was the “Fan’s Choice” for a new machine to compete all over the world. Several names and designs for potential new Monster Jam trucks were unveiled online at monsterjam.com with fans offered the opportunity to vote on the one they most wanted to see created. The winner of the fans vote: The Zombie! -MonsterJam.com
Higher Education – Monster Truck
Higher education is a 3/4 scale monster school bus that debuted in 2011. Because of his lengthy experience with designing and building monster trucks, Michael Vaters’ design and concept was detailed enough to enable a crew to build it in 13 days. The body molding was custom made and re-enforced to withstand the vast pressures and stresses that a monster truck goes through. When turned on and moving, the bus uses the typical flashing school bus lights to get your attention. Before parking/stopping, a stop-sign is displayed. This tricked out bus is just plain cool. It is also one of the loudest monster trucks out there.
One of the more extreme customized bodies in Monster Jam® today, the Batman™ monster truck closely resembles a Batmobile straight out of the TV or movies. With the triple jet engines sticking out the back, its sleek black color, and huge wings standing high in the air, you get the illusion of movement even when the monster is standing still. That impression is all the more appropriate considering the monster truck has captured two World Final racing titles in a row – in 2007 and 2008. -MonsterJam.com
One of the newest trucks to compete in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Donald Epidendio’s Titan, first joined the circuit in January of 2012. By February of that year, Titan was already in the winner’s circle, picking up a trio of victories in Portland. Then the team received the honor of being invited to the first-ever Young Guns Shootout at Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World FinalsSM XIII presented by NGK Spark Plugs.
Epidendio says that he got involved with lifted trucks at age 16 and just continued to build them bigger and bigger until finally creating the Titan monster truck. Through a lot of hard work and taking advantage of every opportunity, the team earned its way into Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam competitions. The Titan monster truck team has its home base in Lower Lake, CA. -MonsterJam.com
Dennis Anderson came up with the concept for Grave Digger® back in 1981. Originally built out of an old 1957 Chevy Panel Wagon and parts that he scrounged from junkyards, Grave Digger of today has grown by leaps and bounds. No longer do the trademark red headlights come off of old school buses, and the paint job has changed from a dull orange to the famous green and black flame motif we see today.
Vastly popular, Grave Digger is one of the most decorated Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® trucks in the world and Anderson has won four Monster Jam World Finals championships, capturing the racing title in 2004 and 2006, and the freestyle title in 2010 and 2000. -MonsterJam.com
King Krunch has toured all over the continent for more than two decades.
Starting out from it’s Texas base back in 1982, the truck is now driven by David Smith, who began as a crew chief and finally moved behind the wheel in 2000.
Throughout it’s storied history, King Krunch has displayed many bright inventive paint jobs, with the most recent highlight being a casino-themed design that it debuted at the Monster Jam World Finals in 2008. -MonsterJam.com
One of the first and only trucks to be named after its driver, Madusa.
In 1999, Madusa (real name Debra Miceli), a multi-world champion in World WCW and WWF, decided to add Monster Jam to her long list of achievements.
Madusa quickly became one of the most anticipated trucks to watch, as she was one of the only female drivers at the time. She rose to the top by winning her first Monster Jam World Finals event as Freestyle Co-Champion in 2004. The following year, she took it all, being named the Monster Jam World Finals Racing Champion.
Be sure to keep an eye on Madusa, as we expect nothing but great things to come from her in the future! -MonsterJam.com