BY BILLY SUTER
EIGHT of the world’s most famous Monster Jam trucks, including Monster Jam World Finals champions Grave Digger and Max-D, will provide an unforgettable experience for the entire family when they start their South African tour with a performance at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, April 20.
Even better news is that SoSuterBill and the tour promoters are offering a great prize – one set of four combined family and Pit Party tickets to Monster Jam, valued at R 2000. This is for Moses Mabhida Stadium on April 20, to attend the pit party from 1pm to 3.30pm, to meet the competing teams, and attend the 8pm performance that day.
For details on how to win this terrific prize, see entry details at the end of this story.
Monster Truck Juggernaut Monster Jam, as the experience is billed, will also visit Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, April 27, and FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on Saturday, May 4. Ticket are selling fast exclusively at Computicket.
Monster Energy, Gas Monkey Garage, Megaladon, Zombie, El Toro Loco and Monster Mutt Dalmatian will join the larger-than-life spectacular that takes place on specially designed tracks that optimise mobility so the most recognisable trucks in the world can go head to head in wheelies, donuts, obstacle course racing and freestyle competitions. pushing the Monster Jam trucks to their limits.
The 2019 Monster Jam season sees trained, world-class international male and female athletes battle it out for supremacy on the track.
They have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete but the vital dexterity to control 4500kg machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds of up to 110 km per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.
El Toro Loco is one raging bull who can the smell fear of its competitors. Driver Becky McDonough is one of the outstanding female Monster Jam drivers and the first Monster Jam female crew chief who also holds the 2013 Arena Wheelie of the Year title.
Don’t be fooled by the cute ears, tongue and tail of Monster Mutt Dalmatian, the Monster Jam truck driven by Candice Jolly. This “puppy” is ferocious on the track!
Look out for Bari Musawwir as the ever-popular Zombie comes back from the afterworld to rev up the competition, while Linsey Weenk drives Gas Monkey Garage, based on the garage made famous in Discovery Channel’s hit television show, Fast N Loud.
Driven by Charles Pauken, Grave Digger is one of the most decorated Monster Jam trucks in the world, producing championship winning racing.
Possibly the fastest machine in the sport, Max-D is driven by Colton Eichelberger, but the title of the most menacing looking Monster Jam truck must surely go to Megaladon, driven by Chad Tingler. Steven Sims drives Monster Energy, the machine that represents a high-profile product with power, drive and loads of energy.
Brought to South Africa by American-based Feld Entertainment and leading local promoter, Showtime Management, together with McDonalds in association with SuperSport and regional radio media partners East Coast Radio, Kfm 94.5 and JacarandaFM, Monster Jam is also known for its pre-show ‘Pit Party’, giving the crowd unprecedented access to the stars of the show.
Fans can meet their favourite drivers, get up close to each Monster Jam truck, participate in a variety of fun activities and purchase official Monster Jam merchandise such as flags, T-shirts and hats to show support for theirfavourite truck, team, and driver.
Tickets for the Pit Party cost R150 each. Quantities are limited and available only with an event ticket. A Pit Party ticket is included in the exclusive Premium Lounge tickets at R800 per ticket. The Pit Party is from 1pm to 3.30pm with final entry at 3pm.
Some interesting Monster Facts:
Standing 4 metres tall and 4 metres wide, the custom designed Monster Jam trucks weigh up to 4 500kg.
A Monster Jam truck engine burns up to 9.5 litres of methanol per run.
Each engine delivers about 1 500 horsepower.
A Monster Jam truck is capable of reaching speeds of up to 110kph.
Monster Jam trucks can jump as far as 45m in length
Chassis – Custom Steel minimum of 8 points that attache to main chassis.
Body – Fiberglass Composite with Lexan Windshield.
WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN!
Care to put yourself in line to win a set of four combined family and Pit Party tickets to Monster Jam, valued at R 2000? This is for Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on April 20?
You simply have to be a follower of my SoSuterBill site to win. At no cost.
If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com
You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.
Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’’S CONTACT FORM) to firstname.lastname@example.org and place the words ‘MONSTER JAM’ in the subject field.
Note that the competition closes at 5pm on Sunday, April 14, and the winner will be contacted soon after. (The lucky winner was Adrian Garrett).
NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.
ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.