UPDATE- CONGRATULATIONS TO CHICAGO TOM, YOU ARE GOING TO MONSTER JAM!!! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR LEAVING COMMENTS. MAKE SURE TO KEEP CHECKING BACK TO DAVE-TV, WE WILL HAVE PLENTY MORE GIVE AWAYS! THERE ARE STILL GOOD TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THE SHOW.
We have two free tickets to give away for Monster Jam on Saturday, February 9th at 2:00PM!
On Monday, the Super Bowl will be over and we hit that weird part of the year before baseball and March Madness, where there’s seemingly nothing all that great to watch.
Thanks to Chicago based Feld Motorsports all of that has changed! Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam rolls into Chicago for three days of super charged, high flying, adrenaline filled action and entertainment for everybody in your family!.
Full disclosure, two years ago, I had no idea what Monster Jam was. Then my two year old son, began watching the show on Speed Channel and before you know it, we now have 40 different Monster Truck toys all over our house and a DVR filled with Monster Jam shows.
At first I half watched them with my son, as I tried to stay awake at 5:00AM. Then it sucked me in, Monster Jam is an action packed show, that is well produced, with captivating characters, tons of energy and an ever evolving set that takes a beating, literally.
It’s much more than “good ol’ boys” driving around in their F150’s.
Frank Kremel is a Chicago area native and the driver of the Advanced Auto Parts truck "Grinder," Kremel says “A typical monster trucks cost $600,000 yearly to build, staff, compete, transport and maintain on the Monster Jam tour.” The trucks alone, cost roughly $170,000 to build.
In normal life, if you are driving a $175,000 vehicle, you are making sure no harm comes to it. In the world of Monster Jam, flying through the air and cracking them up, is a part of the show, something Kremel and the other drivers try to do! “I do what I can to please the crowd, to get them excited,” Kremel says. “ When we are driving, you can hear the crowd cheering, it gets you pumped up, to go a little farther, push a little harder.”
Though these trucks come crashing down from dizzying heights, the technology to keep the drivers safe is state of the art. “ It doesn’t hurt as much as you think it would, we have 5 point safety harnesses, helmets, custom seats and plenty more that keep us safe and secure” Kremel shares. “ It feels more like the day after you play tackle football with your buddies, you’re a little sore, but no big deal.”
Normally in any given weekend, there can be up to ten Monster Jam’s happening around the world. Next weekend in Chicago, they are rolling with an A list of the best trucks! Maximum Destruction, celebrating its 10th anniversary with the unveiling of a 2013 make-over! Grave Digger, World Champions El Toro Loco and Bounty Hunter, Grinder and many more will be flying, smashing and crashing through the All State Arena.
It’s more than just watching the trucks. Unlike the Super Bowl, World Series, or even a local high school play, before Monster Jam, people are invited to meet the drivers, take pictures, get autographs and check out the trucks at the Pit Party roughly three hours before the show begins.
With tickets starting at $10 for kids under 12 and $21 for adults, a day at Monster Jam is an affordable entertaining afternoon for the family.
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Before you head out Framns Kremel helped put together tips and information on how to enjoy and speak Monster Jam.
TIPS FOR THE SHOW-
- Get there early for the Pit Parties. This is your chance to meet your favorite drivers. If the show starts at 2:00, the Pit Parties are from 11:00AM-1:00PM
- Bring ear plugs! Monster Jam is exciting, visual and loud! Ear plugs for yourself and especially for kids is a good idea.
- Leave all your troubles at home! Get ready to scream your head off, cheer and watch 10,000 pound trucks fly through the air like metal acrobats.
MJ411- Information to help you sound cool when talking about Monster Jam.
- Height – Approximately 12’ / 3.6 Meters
- Width – Approximately 12’ / 3.6 Meters
- Length – Approximately 20’ / 6 Meters
- Weight – 10,000 lbs / 4500 Kilograms
- Tire Size – 66”/ 167cm / 1.7 Meters X 43”/ 109cm / 1 meter on a 25” / 63.5 cm Tall Wheel
- Motor Type – Supercharged Fuel Injected Big Block American V8
- Motor Size – less than 575 cubic Inches / 9.4 Litres displacement
- Horsepower – 1350 – 2000+
- Top Speed – 70 MPH/113 KM/H, Monster trucks are equipped with tachometers which measure the working speed of an engine versus speedometers which measure vehicle speed
- Suspension Travel – 20-32” Fully adjustable Nitrogen or Coilovers
- Chassis – Custom Steel minimum of 8 points that attached to main chassis
- Body – Fiberglass Composite with Lexan Windshield
- Fuel Capacity – 22 Gallon/ 83 Litre Fuel Cell
- Fuel Type – 99.9% Methanol (Alcohol)
- Fuel Economy – 7 Gallons per Mile/17 Litres per Kilometer
- Truck Safety
- 50+ point safety inspection before each show
- Remote Ignition Interrupter (RII), Track Officials can shut a truck off at any time
- On Board Fire Extinguisher System
- Driver Safety
- 5 Point Racing Harness
- Fire Resistant Suit, Shoes, Gloves and Racing Helmet
- Transport Trailer (loaded) – 62,000 lbs / 28,000 Kilograms
How They Race
- At Monster Jam, monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition -- side-by-side racing and freestyle:
- Side-by-side racing – traditional bracket racing, where the first truck, with the least amount of penalties, crosses the finish line is declared the winner.
- Freestyle competition – allows drivers a limited amount of time on the open floor to show off their skills. In this category, the fans serve as the judges.
- 2007 was the 25year anniversary for the Grave Digger Team
- More than 4 million Monster Jam fans attend events each year worldwide
- The World Finals in Las Vegas, NV brings 24 of the top trucks in the world to compete for the World Freestyle and Racing Championships. Competitors are by invitation only.
- A monster truck race team will travel 45,000 Miles / 72,400 kilometers a year by land to attend events.
- Typical monster trucks cost $600,000 yearly to build, staff, compete, transport and maintain on the Monster Jam tour.
- Steel bodyfull-size carsare the vehicles typically crushed during a monster truck event.
- Cars, as well as vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes and ambulances, are attained from local junkyards and returned after each event.
- Average number of cars crushed per year: 3,000