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A couple of weekends ago, I wound up going to a monster truck show for the very first time. I had always considered such things to be the refuge of the redneck, so I had never gone before, but this was a group activity I was invited to with free tickets, and the family was interested, so off we went, to the Olympic Stadium.
There was also a human cannonball show at the end, but my batteries had died, so no picture.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised to discover several things. First off, I had no clue that there were so many French-Canadian hillbillies. Most French Montrealers seem quite stylish, but there was little of that to be seen here. Secondly, I found that I quite enjoyed the day, and that I really do enjoy watching loud things crash and catch on fire. I learned to never judge something just because of the people associated with it. I guess if they come back, we will be going again, since it was a lot of fun.
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Peter: 3rd May 2006 - 20:20 GMT
eg: as a kid, growing up in tennessee, i went to more than my fair share of monster truck rallies and Tractor pulls... though i think my hearing was permanently damaged from all the indoor revving, it was always great fun.
curiously, i havent thought about these events in years, as its probably been 20 years since ive been to one, so your post definitely awakened some latent memories of home.
thanks for the post! this looks like a *classic* monster truck rally!
EvilGentleman: 3rd May 2006 - 20:49 GMT
Yeah, it was heavily attended, too. Over 54,000 people were there, although you cannot see it because of the way I cropped the photos. The empty seats you see were the only empty seats in the house, because they were too close to the action to be deemed safe. You can see the line behind where people were allowed to sit in the 3rd pic.
I'm glad to have been able to give you a taste of something you missed, Peter. It's an honour.
EvilGentleman: 4th May 2006 - 07:11 GMT
I believe there were ten monster trucks in all. There are 10 trucks in my original of the first pic, but one was parked a bit away from the others, so I cropped it out in order to be able to see the other trucks better. Had I included the last truck, all the trucks would have been quite small in the pic.
Chris Erb: 5th May 2006 - 04:35 GMT
My dad used to take me to monster truck rallies. I've been to one in Saint John and another in Moncton. One time a guy on a motorbike jumped over a helecopter with it's blades going. Had he not made the jump, there would have been a lot of traumatized kids that day.
jeremy power: 3rd Jan 2007 - 20:20 GMT
man i love you pic of the trucks i love monster trucks my modo is ride fast or be last
Margie: 3rd Feb 2007 - 17:56 GMT
Going to my first Monster Truck rally in Houston Saturday. Never hear of them unitl we came to Houston for the winter. Good pictures. Comments were also a help because it told of what was going on.
Stephen: 16th May 2007 - 12:54 GMT
man those are some nice pics i've seen some monster truck rallies all over the world and never seen anything like this
Concerned Monster Fan: 16th May 2007 - 19:26 GMT
I hate to read these types of articles because of the stereotypes that get associated with the monster trucks. I am a 20 yr old man who is well educated and far from the hillbilly type and I love these machines. In the old days of monster trucks the drivers and crew were a bit rough but over the years - to drive and work on these machines you really need to have an engineering degree, hard work ethic, and be just a little nuts. Could anyone of you build a complete racing vehicle with 1500 horsepower from tubing and make it one of the safest racing vehicles in the world, doubt it. Trucks are designed on a computer for a few months to a year before the first tube is bent to shape. Parts are redesigned or fabricated to combat the pain for the drivers and to make parts stronger.
Research your topic before hand.
EvilGentleman: 16th May 2007 - 20:11 GMT
Concerned Monster Fan:
If you bother to read the article you are criticizing in full before making your condemnations, you will discover that I am in fact communicating my experience of overcoming my preconceived prejudices to enjoy a good show. And as for my remarks about the hillbilly component of the audience, I have no control over that. All I am doing is telling you who was there. Why those particular people were in that particular place, that is for others to figure out.
If you do not like the description of who was there, what are we supposed to do? Ask the organizers to sell more tickets to business professionals? Sorry, that is not the reality I saw there on that day. And it was an excellent show, by the way.
Peter: 16th May 2007 - 20:39 GMT
i love it when people make blanket assumptions about a post and get off on random tangents concerning their own insecurities or issues (see any of www.citynoise.org/author/scott_sargent for example, hahaha).
i dunno; as far as "education" and "loving these machines" go, im in my 20s and an ivy-league grad and i think monster trucks are rad, so there. welcome to the club, "concerned monster fan". were not all hicks. and yes, in my experiences with monster truck rallies in tennessee, they certainly did appeal to a specific demographic... but that demographic included me at one point in my life. funny how that works, you know?
dont be so sensitive. just enjoy the trucks :D
anon (71-87-19-46.static.gld.charter.com): 18th May 2007 - 13:57 GMT
this is one of the best monster truck sites out there!!!!!!!!!!
Riever: 13th Nov 2008 - 18:12 GMT
Wow nice trucks! And check out that Snowmobile action! I can't wait for the next snow. Such a good venue too.
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