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Monster Jam truck Grave Digger. Courtesy photo.




 Monster Jam

Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester
When: Friday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 to $45 or $10 for kids; call the box office (644-5000) or purchase tickets through ticketmaster.com. All tickets are $2 more the day of the show. 
Visit: verizonwirelessarena.com and monsterjam.com 




Flipping out
Monster trucks tear through Manchester

12/19/13



 Flips, tricks and crushing cars — this is some of what you’ll see at the Verizon Wireless Arena if you have tickets to the Monster Jam in January. 

“Monster Jam is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet,” said Amanda Regan, public relations spokesperson at Feld Motor Sports. 
At a Monster Jam show, there are two different competitions for the truck drivers: side-by-side racing and free-style. 
The first truck to cross the finish line with the fewest penalties wins the side-by-side race. Trucks will have different obstacles to jump over, including other trucks, cars, boats, buses, caravans and maybe even an airplane. Each jump and trick the driver does is judged during the free-style round of the show. Depending on the arena, the driver will have 60 to 90 seconds to do a free-style routine. Judging is based on creativity, style and the degree of skill.
Each monster truck has its own name. The most recognizable truck is Grave Digger, with its green flames running down the sides. Some of the most famous trucks in the shows are Grinder, El Toro Loco, Madusa, Captain’s Curse, Maximum Destruction and Monster Mutt. The show even has three superhero themed trucks: Ironman, Batman and Superman. The trucks that are coming to the New Hampshire show are Grave Digger, driven by Randy Brown; Man of Steel, driven by Joey Parnell; Hurricane Force, driven by Steven Thompson; Storm Damage, driven by Tim Mente; Higher Education, driven by Jim Tracy; and Iron Warrior, driven by Trey Meyers. 
These monster trucks are usually around 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide and weigh 10,000 tons. The driver’s seat is in the middle of the truck so the driver can best see the track and have even weight distribution, and it is custom molded to the driver. The tires for the trucks are all custom made and must be 66 inches inches high and 43 inches wide. 
“One of the most thrilling ways to get close to these huge Monster Jam trucks is at the Monster Jam Pit Party,” Regan said. “This ticketed pre-show experience provides event goers with unparalleled access by allowing them onto the actual racetrack where they will meet the drivers and collect their autographs, take photos and explore the obstacles they’ll jump over and eventually destroy.”
Each year the Monster Jam World Finals are in Las Vegas at the Sam Boyd Stadium; this is the last stop on the tour. Here, the trucks will compete for the world title. 
“Monster Jam provides entertainment tailored perfectly for every family’s budget, and the colorful, larger-than-life Monster Jam trucks capture the hearts of both the young and the old,” Regan said.
 

As seen in the December 19th, 2013 issue of The Hippo







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