A monster truck is a truck with a huge, size tractor tires, the Jacked-up suspension and a powerful engine. Monster trucks are used for entertainment in both indoor and outdoor stadiums, where trucks compete for the fastest race on an obstacle course or crush cars. The roar of a monster truck event is deafening, due to the very large engines being revved up to running other trucks or rolling on and flattening rows of cars. These events attract 7 million viewers each year, according to MonsterJamOnline, and for various reasons can be dangerous and even fatal for drivers and viewers.
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In 1974, a former contruction worker Bob Chandler put the first monster truck together. He had a Ford F250 van, with raised suspension and huge tires, which he named Big Foot. At an exhibition in 1982, Big Foot smashed two cars during an exhibition in Pontiac, Michigan. Bear Foot, owned by Fred Shafer, soon followed by Big Foot Challenge at exhibitions and later won three world championships. The car smashing shows continued throughout the 1980s in motorcar fairs and events, until the “Battle of the Monster Trucks”, which involved racing. This was eventually sanctioned by the Rod Association US Hot, and monster truck races and was launched. Today, it remains a popular spectator event.
Monster trucks can reach speeds of 100 mph and are built for short bursts of speed. They can jump distances of about 120 feet and up to 20 feet in the air, despite the fact that they can weigh up to 6 tons and are 10 to 12 feet tall. Truck bodies are continuous forms of plexiglass, without doors. Drivers typically enter through a side window. The driver and steering wheel are centered in the middle of the car seat.
Monster Truck Shows
According to Gravedigger.com, about 300 monster trucks are in use today in competition in 50 or so cities across the country. The best known of them appear on (USHRA) Monster USA Hot Rod Association Jam Circuit, often using duplicate trucks on different sites. The shows may involve crushing long rows of cars and races with other monsters trucks.
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Famous Monster Trucks
Big Foot may have been the first monster truck, but “Grave Digger” is the most popular. The owner, Dennis Anderson, made the original truck from old parts in 1981, and it is known today as a large truck racing. The current version of the Grave Digger has a 1500hp, 540 cubic inch Chevrolet engine “Big Block”, the same amount of energy in a racing car engine. Grave Digger makes many apparitions promoting monsters and moves to about 70 cities each year.
Monster trucks are the headliners at Monster Jam USHRA sanctioned, operated by Feld Entertainment. The shows are live productions and are televised. The shows featured the famous “Gravedigger”, “Blue Thunder”, “Bulldozer”, “Maximum Destruction” and more. Jams Monster can have as many as 10 events in a weekend in different areas. The season ends with the Monster Jam World Series every March in Las Vegas.