Monsters are large, ugly, frightening and ominous creatures, as are their big four-wheeled cousins — monster trucks.
But monster trucks are a joy to behold for legions of fans around the globe.
A Monster Jam is a wildly popular sports arena competition between these roaring, speeding, leaping, car- and bus-crushing, over-the-top, monstrous machines with menacing monikers such as Grave Digger, Avenger, El Toro Loco and Canada’s own Northern Nightmare, just to name a frightful few.
Their jaw-dropping antics annually cause more than 4 million fans around the world to cheer with awe and delight, just as they are sure to do at the upcoming Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour at Rogers Centre.
The shows on Jan. 19 and 20 will feature 16 custom-designed monster trucks. Their average size is 12 feet high by 12 feet wide riding high on chunky, turf chucking 66-inch tires and they weigh in at about five tons.
The colossal competitors all generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower, reach speeds of 100 miles per hour and some of these mega-pumped mobile monsters can fly 35 feet in the air over more than a dozen cars parked side by side. Some are capable of doing sommersaults with the grace of behemoth ballerinas.
Northern Nightmare is driven by Cam McQueen from Calgary, who started dirt biking at the age of 5 and began motocross racing at 11. He’ll be making his second Maple Leaf Monster Jam appearance in Toronto.
The Freestyle Champion of the 2012 Monster Jam Finals in Las Vegas last spring, McQueen made his first-ever monster truck backflip in 2010, a feat viewed 3.08 million times on YouTube (see below).
To show just how much they love their fans, McQueen, his monster trucking rivals and their whopping wheels will all appear at the Monster Jam’s Pit Party before the shows for fans to see the trucks up close, talk to the drivers, take pictures and get autographs.
Monster Jam shows run Saturday night (Jan. 19) at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon (Jan. 20) at 2 p.m., with tickets starting at $20 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Pit Party passes are $10 with those pre-show events running from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Saturday and 11 a.m. until noon on the Sunday.
Tickets and passes are available at the Rogers Centre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or at (855) 985-5000.
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