January 28, 2011

Monster Jam!

I just noticed that the Monster Jam show will be rolling into Nassau Coliseum again this weekend. It is a very unique sport, to say the least. Monster trucks originated in the late 70s when activities like mud bogging and truck pulling were becoming popular. Soon after, a competition ensued among truck owners to have the biggest truck and names like “Bigfoot” and “King Kong” were born. Today, Monster Truck shows are wildly popular, touring through the United States, Canada, and Europe. 

I went to a Monster Jam show in 2010 and it was awesome! After a moving rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" and a dedication to the men and women in the armed forces, the trucks took to the arena for a freestyle driving extravaganza--popping wheelies, jumping cars, turning donuts amid a cloud of smoke and shredded rubber, exhilarating the capacity crowd. The sheer volume of so many 2,000-horsepower engines revved to the maximum absolutely rattled the Coliseum walls and made me have to hold my ears.





I was excited to see these magnificent trucks spinning their 66-inch tires. Amazing machines; they have great names too--

Samson:
 

Krazy Train:
 

Brutus:


Avenger:


Spiderman:


And,
the unquestioned star
of the Monster Truck world,
Grave Digger:


There were occasional mishaps too, as the driver of After Shock demonstrated, getting caught up on a pyramid of cars during a wheelie and, at another point, flipping over completely. Of course, the driver was never in any danger and the Cat emerged from the driver's pit within moments to clean up the mess.


Overall, Monster Jam was a blast! This weekend, may you rev your imagination until your heart races. Cheers!!!


"Finally,
be strong in the Lord
and in the strength
of his might."

~Ephesians 6:10

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