Last weekend, the Savemart Center ROARED and rumbled with the sounds of some amazing monster trucks! That’s right…Monster Jam was in town and my family had an opportunity to attend. The iconic Grave Digger is one of our favorite trucks to watch fly in the sky and race around the track. However, Kira loves the Scooby Doo truck (partially because it’s Scooby Doo, but also because it’s a female driver). This time Logan was very intrigued with Max-D (I think because it was gold). We might have a little family competition going now!
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 as 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. Grave Digger is one of the most decorated 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. The Grave Digger team that competes at Monster Jam includes Adam Anderson, Carl Van Horn, Charlie Pauken, Jon Zimmer, Pablo Huffaker, Randy Brown, Morgan Kane and Cole Venard in addition to Anderson.
Perhaps the most striking Monster Jam® truck on the Monster Jam circuit, the body of Max-DSM is officially classified as a “futuristic SUV.” Featuring an orange and silver paint job coupled with a low-to-the-ground, aerodynamic body style, it’s well-known that Max-D is possibly the fastest machine in the sport. In fact, driver Tom Meents has been crowned Monster Jam World Racing Champion no less than six times, the most recent coming at the 2012 Monster Jam World Finals®. But Meents isn’t just the master of speed; he’s quite the daredevil as well, claiming five Monster Jam World Freestyle Championships over his career. In fact, Tom is the only driver ever to win both titles in the same year, and he even managed to do that twice in a row! The Max-D fan base has grown so much in recent years that three Max-D Monster Jam trucks are now also touring.
Max-D received a make-over for the 2013 season to help celebrate a decade of destruction and Meent’s 10 years with the sport with two all new designs.
Monster Energy entered the Monster Jam® world in 2012 as a major team sponsor when Monster Energy debuted in Birmingham, Alabama. The machine that represents a high-profile product made a big splash right from the start as 2009 Monster Jam World Finals® Freestyle Champion Damon Bradshaw was tabbed to drive the awesome new piece with Bradshaw’s long-time crew chief, Coty Saucier, joining the Monster Energy team at the same time. Monster Energy made an immediate impact on the circuit, winning its first major stadium freestyle competition on January 14, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and then winning the racing trophy in the same building the following day. Monster Energy is always a contender to win in both racing and freestyle, as evidenced by the team’s impressive performance at Monster Jam World Finals XIII, in Las Vegas. In that 2012 battle for world titles, Monster Energy, in its first year of competition, advanced all the way through the racing bracket and into the championship race, falling to Max-DSM in the title race by .02 of a second, one of the closest Monster Jam World Finals Championship races in the sport’s history.
The newest Warner Bros. Monster Jam® truck to compete in Monster Jam competition brings the world-famous mystery solving canine, Scooby-Doo™ into the sport, first debuing in 2013. Scooby-Doo which has been specially designed to resemble the beloved Great Dane, joined the Warner Bros. fan-favorite Monster Jam trucks Superman™ and Batman™ with the stated goal of “taking on the big dogs in the sport” and claiming the title of Top Dog! One of the fastest rising superstars Nicole Johnson, was tabbed as the first driver to get behind the wheel of Scooby-Doo in Monster Jam events. In 2016 there will be four Scooby-Doo Monster Jam trucks with Bailey Shea, Brianna Mahon and Linsey Read looking to keep up with the boys.
Once again Monster Jam® listens to the fans like no other sport and moves into the future with the creation of the ZombieTMMonster Jam truck. Zombie was picked to “come back from the afterworld” and into reality in Monster Jam. 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: Zombie! So the ultimate fan’s input into the future of the sport became reality with a Monster Jam truck theme completely selected by the sport’s incredible fans. Zombie debuted in 2013 with experienced driver Sean Duhon, who previously had success in several other Monster Jam trucks including the popular SupermanTM. Bari Musawwir & Tyler Groth will be representing the Zombie team on the East and West Coast More Monster Jam tours in 2016.
N.E.A. (New Earth Authority)
*Unfortunately the NEA truck was not running on Friday night. My son was disappointed. He saw the picture of the truck on the side and kept asking if it was coming out soon. Luckily they had the ATVs running!
New Earth AuthoritySM (NEA) will debut in 2014 at the Tacoma Dome. The designs, the molds and the sleek alloys haven’t even been imagined, and they won’t be imagined for decades. It’s here now for the greater good of humanity. NEA is the chrome-plated face of mankind’s apex. It’s the law enforcement vehicle of peace, and it’s on a mission to terminate anything threatens the purity of a perfect world. The chaos and the mayhem wrought by Monster Jam® has summoned New Earth Authority to this time, to this world. It will command order. It will seek out and destroy those who stand in the way of peace. There is no stopping NEA. There is no halting the vision of perfection this Monster Jam truck brings with it. Norm Miller, a police officer during the day will be getting behind the wheel of this one of a kind Monster Jam truck by night.
“This is pretty sweet!” said Miller. “I’ve always wanted to be my own person in a Monster Jam truck and this truck will allow me to do that. It’s totally different from anything else. I’ve been Lieutenant for 15 years and this is definitely going to be the coolest police ride I’ve ever had.”
I loved how Monster Jam set up this years event. It was a team event! All teams were shooting for the individual event championships as they raced Monster Jam trucks, had a wheelie competition, PLUS our favorite Speedsters and ATVs. The athlete with the most total points at the end of the performance will claim the coveted title for that show with total points awarded at the end of the Saturday night finale.
They started off with the speed race. Two trucks raced around the track to see who could pass the finish line first. The stadium rumbled with the trucks as they roared! Grave Digger earned won this event on Friday night.
Just a reminder to parents, the trucks are extremely loud. You will want to purchase ear buds before the event, or buy the truck earphones when you get there. Either way, please make sure to protect your child’s ears.
Next up was Logan’s favorite event…the speedsters! When racing, you never know what might happen. The Max-D speedster flipped and the Grave Digger Speedster won!
The wheelie competition is a crowd favorite. Everyone loved seeing the monster trucks stand up on their back wheels… and even fly into the air. Monster Energy came out first and earned 22 points from the judges. Zombie took the lead with 27 points, only to get knocked down by Max-D who earned 32 points. Then, Grave Digger came out to take the win with 33 points!
The ATVs were also fun to watch. They had some ruff turns after the big trucks really dug up the track. Zombie won the race!
The night ended with the freestyle competition. The Monster Trucks roared and jumped. It was a fantastic night!
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