Monster Jam 101:

Monster Jam is about to take over Manila, so you better gear up.

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Let’s get started with the basics. The show highlights six Monster Jam trucks: Grave Digger; Max-D; El Toro Loco; Zombie; Dragon; and Son-Uva Digger. Their heavy-duty body that is approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide sits atop 66-inch tires. Not wild enough for you? Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks have 1,500 hp and are capable of speeds up to 80 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can jump more than 30 feet high and travel a distance of about 130 feet flying through the air. That’s longer than 14 cars lined up side by side! Now, that is impressive.  Each truck costs more than $600,000 per year to build, tour, staff, repair and transport from city to city. They have their own drivers, mechanics and specialized transport vehicles, which also houses a mobile repair shop.

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These Monster Jam beasts face off in two different forms of competition — side-by-side racing and freestyle. In the traditional bracket racing, the first truck to cross the finish line with the least number of penalties is the winner. But the track sets this competition above the rest. With hurdles strategically placed in the track, every competition is sure to garner cheers and hollers from the crowd. Cars, as well as vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes and ambulances are obtained from local recycling centers to be used as obstacles. More than 3,000 cars are crushed at Monster Jam events every year. It is in the freestyle competition where the drivers are allowed a limited amount of time on an open floor to show off their skills. They finesse the huge machines in a jaw-dropping display of punishing stunts and amazing tricks that make these high-horsepower beasts appear to dance gracefully across the track. Monster Jam events take place year-round, with the majority from January through March.

What makes these live shows more special is the world-famous Party in the Pits. It’s the most exciting way to get close to the stars of the show – the Monster Jam trucks. This is how the show gives back to their fans. Event goers are allowed to explore the actual racetrack. By the numbers, 61.7 percent of Monster Jam attendees are male and 35 percent are under the age of 12. But even if you don’t belong to the majority, you are given the chance to enjoy the legendary pre-show experience. You get the opportunity to meet the drivers, see their Monster Jam trucks up close, collect their autographs, take photos and look at the obstacles they’ll jump over and eventually destroy! This is truly the ultimate experience for any Monster Jam fan. Imagine unprecedented access to the stars of the show in a way that you can’t find in any other family entertainment touring property on the planet.

Catch Monster Jam live on June 20 (Saturday) at 2 pm and 7:30 pm or on June 21 (Sunday) at 2 pm with Party in the Pits from 11 am to 12:30 pm, all at the Mall of Asia Arena. Purchase affordably priced tickets starting at P850php through SM Tickets: (02) 470 2222 or at www.smtickets.com. For more information about the Monster Jam show in Manila, visit www.monsterjam.com.ph

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