After interviewing Becky McDonough for my blog back in July, I was feeling quite excited about having my first monster truck experience.
Becky had a dream as a teen to become a monster truck driver and did all the things she needed to do for that dream to come true.
She's now part of the Monster Jam team, touring the world with her trusty beast, El Toro Loco ("the bull"). I was keen to see what it was about monster trucks, that could appeal so strongly to a fourteen year old girl.
As part of my Monster Jam blogging commitments I took the family to Sydney on Saturday 22 October for the NSW show.
We were given tickets for the show, which included the "Party in the Pits".
The Party in the Pits is a pre-show event held outside the stadium in a fenced off area that allows fans to get up close and personal with the trucks and their favourite drivers. I believe you buy this component at an additional cost.
|Fans getting autographs with Becky McDonough at Party in the Pits in Sydney|
|"Zombie" the Monster Truck at the Monster Jam show in Sydney|
|Getting close to Pirate's Curse|
The show itself was LOUD! Not so loud that it broke my ear drums, but there were plenty of people choosing to wear ear muffs at the event. Ear muffs were actually available for purchase if people had concerns.
The show was loads of fun. It had a good dose of crowd participation (via the roving hosts and cameras putting people on the big screens) as well as music, races, jumps, tricks and lots and lots of revving.
Warning: Before you watch this video you might want to turn down the volume (or put your ear muffs on - that'll work too).
Tips on how to get the most out of your Monster Jam experience:
- Do your homework when it comes to whether to take public transport or join the traffic queues in and out of the parking areas.
- Consider buying the "Party in the Pits" add-on to your ticket so that you can spend an hour or so seeing the trucks and meeting the drivers beforehand.
- Check the weather and pack warm clothing, sun protection or rain gear if necessary.
- Find out more about each truck and driver in advance so that you can have a favourite going into the show.
- Wear your favourite truck colours, merchandise or take a sign to stand out in the crowd and get yourself on the big screen.
- Consider taking ear muffs for younger children or older folks.
- Check the rules before you attend as to whether outside food and drink is allowed as there is likely to be a security check on entry.
- Be ready to embrace the noise.
Have you been to Monster Jam?
Are you a closet rev head like me?
What's the most monstrous thing you've done lately?