MONSTER JAM FAQ
Monster Jam Frequently Asked Questions
What are monster trucks?
Approximately 4 meters tall and about 3.5 meters wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 2 meter tires and weigh a minimum of 4 tons. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 165 kilometers per hour. Monster trucks can jump more than 8 meters high and travel a distance of about 40 meters flying through the air. That’s longer than 14 cars lined up side by side!
How much do monster trucks cost?
A Monster Jam monster truck costs more than $600.000 to build, plus, each truck has its own mechanics and specialized transport vehicle which also houses a mobile repair shop.
What happens at Monster Jam?
At Monster Jam events, monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition -- side-by-side racing and freestyle. Side-by-side racing is traditional bracket racing, where the first truck to cross the finish line with the least number of penalties is the winner. The freestyle competition allows drivers a limited amount of time on an open floor to show off their skills as they finesse the huge machines in a jaw-dropping display of punishing stunts and tricks that make these high-horsepower beasts appear to dance gracefully across the track.
When do monster trucks compete?
Monster truck events take place throughout the year. The Monster Jam Points Series, however, runs from January through March. During this time, all trucks accumulate points to compete in the Monster Jam World Finals.
Who are the stars of Monster Jam?
There are approximately 300 monster trucks in action in the U.S. Many only make appearances at local events and don’t compete on a national basis. The USHRA selects the fastest, safest and most modern vehicles to compete in the Monster Jam series. The top name monster trucks, those who run in the Monster Jam series, often have duplicate trucks for multiple appearances throughout the country. Some of the top names include: Grave Digger®, Maximum Destruction®, Monster Mutt®, El Toro Loco®, Superman™ monster truck and Batman™ monster truck.
Do any of the trucks have sponsors?
Almost all monster trucks have some product and corporate sponsorship. Ford Motor Company and Warner Brothers are among the companies that support teams at Monster Jam events.
Where do they get the cars to crush?
Cars, as well as vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes and ambulances, are obtained from local recycling centers and returned after each event. Full-size steel body cars are the vehicles typically crushed during an event. More than 3,000 cars are crushed at Monster Jam events each year.
How can I meet a monster truck driver?
In every city, prior to one of the Monster Jam performances, a pre-event pit party is held. Pit parties give fans the opportunity to meet the drivers, take photographs, get autographs and see the monster trucks up close. Pit passes are available for purchase via the ticketing company or in some cases they may be distributed for free at local partner locations.
Is it expensive to attend a Monster Jam event?
Monster Jam events are designed for the entire family with ticket prices that are affordable. Fans can usually take advantage of special offers for discounted tickets at most Monster Jam events.
Where can I find more information about Monster Jam?
The official Web site of Monster Jam is www.MonsterJam.com. It features lots of information, photographs and video about the trucks and the drivers. There are links to special features and offers, along with racing results, standings, news, schedules, ticket information, video content and more. In addition, a number of the monster trucks also have their own websites.