Monster Jam – Fun For the Whole Family

Monster Jam can be an exciting family experience! However, it may also be somewhat intimidating.

Starting off, this event can be loud; so loud that ear protection may be necessary! But then again, it’s truly amazing seeing some of the world-famous trucks close up and personal! Each competition showcases different types of trucks.

The History of Monster Jam

Monster Jam may seem staged and scripted today, but its roots lie elsewhere. Monster Jam first emerged during the lifted pickup era of the 1970s when owners started outfitting factory four-wheel drive trucks with monster tires to create competitive displays at car shows.

United States Hot Rod Association soon started sanctioned racing events in arenas and stadiums, while Bigfoot was born after its video showing it crushing cars caught the attention of a promoter.

Feld Entertainment expanded this sport by selling tickets to watch drivers like Dennis Anderson’s Grave Digger compete at indoor stadium blowouts and smaller arena shows. Fans enjoy experiencing these 12,000-pound machines competing against one another for speed, skill and freestyle competitions on an arena show floor; during which drivers perform tricks and stunts over an extensive ground area. A team of eight spends 18-20 hours over three days building tracks specifically for each event.

Two-Wheel Skills Challenge

Though racing and freestyle dominate most events, two-wheel skills competition is also an exciting part of the show. Attendees use smartphone apps to rank drivers performing tricks on two wheels as they perform them; those with the highest average score win.

Drivers also face the unique challenge of high jumping during a stadium event (known as the Great Clips Skills Challenge in arenas). To do this, they must run up an almost vertical ramp using their rear tires to propel themselves upward until reaching level flight.

Weston Anderson will attempt to defend his title driving Grave Digger while Brianna Mahon competes for her inaugural Event Championship behind Scooby Dooa. These two drivers will engage in an epic head-to-head battle of speed and skill as they compete for this fierce event championship race of 12,000-pound trucks equipped with powerful Chevrolet engines producing 1,500 HP and 1,100 Lbs of Torque.

Head-to-Head Racing

Monster Jam began in 1995 as an event featuring racing and two-wheel skills competitions as well as freestyle competition. Freestyle competition gives drivers who didn’t make it into the race the opportunity to display their talents, even if they don’t compete head-on against each other for points. Trucks compete head-to-head against one another for points.

HowStuffWorks took an exclusive behind the scenes tour during a recent Monster Jam event, visiting both pits to observe truck crews as they worked to prepare all 83 trucks that would compete on the track.

Monster Jam’s team builds a custom track for every show, which requires significant work but ensures truck teams will experience a fresh new layout every city the tour visits.

Be aware that although trucks are designed with safety in mind, this sport remains potentially risky. There have been rare instances in which something unintentionally launched from one of the trucks–be it dirt, shrapnel or crushed car debris–has struck spectators unknowingly and caused injury.


Freestyle competitions provide drivers two minutes (one and a half in arena shows) to drive their trucks over ramps, junked cars and other obstacles on an open floor surface. The truck that scores the most points in this category will be declared the winner of the event.

Monster Jam shows prior to its incorporation of freestyle into its head-to-head racing format often employed a method known as “cheer off”, in which audience members counted how often each truck received cheers, with those receiving the most applause earning an edge in competition.

Monster Jam’s freestyle competition is one of its most thrilling elements, providing fans a rare opportunity to see massive trucks up close and meet their favorite drivers – an invaluable chance for families looking to take pictures or collect autographs! This competition provides great photo opps!

CRSSD Announces By Day and After-Dark Lineups

All of those creating their way to sun-soaked San Diego in the close of the month to get CRSSD Fall 2018 have more to look forward with the lineups to get CRSSD By Day along with CRSSD After-Dark eventually being published. The lineups for those occasions are curated from the world assemblage on rsquo & this autumn;s CRSSD Lineup because you can never get too much of a great thing when it comes to music.

CRSSD By Day can return as the supreme pre-party to the festival itself, happening 11 am — 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. CRSSD After-Dark begins the Thursday and Friday before the festival, and continue on every night Friday and Saturday. After the festival finishes, you can go into some one of the numerous After-Dark occasions to help keep the party. It is safe to say that these celebrations assist CRSSD feel much longer than it can be, and provide individuals opportunities to find some of their artists in intimate bar settings.

Some of the artists in the world will descend upon San Diego to get CRSSD. The festival itself is always one to remember, but it is the By Day and After-Dark parties that give some of the artists a far more unique and more controlled setting to disclose into their musical preferences and choose the audience even further about the journey they began at CRSSD. In addition to that, but they are hosted in certain iconic San Diego places that deserve to get viewed and experienced.

CRSSD Fall 2018 will take place September 29th and 30th, 2018 in Bayfront Park, San Diego, California. CRSSD By Day will be happening on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th.  CRSSD After-Dark Parties begin on Thursday, September 27th and run all the way until Sunday, September 30th. Tickets and more information for the pre and after parties are available here