I first started working with Christa and The Fairytale Traveler around the time that Monster Jam 2016 rolled in town. I had never been to Monster Jam before, so when it came to cover Monster Jam 2017 I had little go on. A few YouTube videos later and I was HOOKED! And what better time to go than for Monster Jam’s 25th anniversary year AND Grave Digger’s 35th year?
Monster Jam 2017
I have always been a tomboy at heart. My parents can tell you that dolls never interested me nearly as much as being outside. And that there were plenty of days where I came home from playing outside covered in so much dirt and mud that my mom made me hose off outside. And going to Monster Jam 2017 made me feel like that 10 year old kid all over again!
I was not prepared to see how high these trucks went or how beat up they get! Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. It really makes you think about the skill it takes to drive one of these trucks. And I learned Monster Jam 2017 competitors are trained at Monster Jam University to master the skills of driving Monster Jam trucks. Only those Monster Jam athletes highly proficient in scaling their extraordinary driving skills push the limits and optimize all types of racing and obstacle courses.
What is every crazier is the amount of work and money that goes into building these trucks! Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour! And let me tell you, the roaring of the engines is one of the coolest parts of Monster Jam!
Here are some of the Monster Jam 2017 Tampa Highlights
There were so many great moments that it is hard to really pick one. Seeing Dennis Anderson driving Grave Digger, and his son Ryan Anderson driving Son-uva Digger in the same show was probably one of the best memories from the day. Two generations of Monster Jam drivers competing to be the Tampa champion is just really rad!