Monster Jam makes giant inroads

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Monster Jam makes giant inroads 9 October 2015 by Paul Gover · CarsGuide There is motorsport and then there is Monster Jam. It could not be any more different, if you tried, from this weekend's Bathurst 1000.The Great Race is all about 1000km of competition in cars that look a bit like a road-going Commodore or Falcon or Volvo V60 or Nissan Altima. Winning is the big thing, and the only thing, in what in reality is the grand final each year for V8 Supercars racing.By contrast, Monster Jam is about playing — the right word — to a kids-first audience that's all about entertainment. Nobody really cares who wins because it's the spectators who win.Bathurst draws a huge crowd each year and is the television highlight of the season with some great racing and inevitable prangs, but Monster Jam regularly packs converted football stadiums with more than 35,000 fans for a one-night show.I'm won over during two frantic hours when I see what a Monster truck can really do, from 10m leaps to backflips off the back of specially built dirt jumps. They barely hit 100km/h, but their bellowing 1200kW supercharged engines allow them to almost defy the laws of physics, although six of the 12 starters end the night with mechanical failures and three lose wheels in the freestyle competition.Kids love battling beasties with names like Grave Digger and Zombie and Monster Mutt, with drivers who always put the crowds first. They sign autographs and give truck tours for five hours before the action begins, then the winners of various competition categories give their trophies away to the crowd, before signing again 'until the last fan is happy'.V8 Supercars and Monster Jam both have their place, and their fans, but the action-packed US event shows what it takes in 2015 to build a solid future in a world where 'Win on Sunday, sell on Monday' is just a faded memory in the car business. Related articles 2015 Toyota HiLux review6 October 2015 by Ewan Kennedy 2015 Mazda BT-50 review6 October 2015 by Ewan Kennedy 2015 Toyota HiLux review | first drive2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling Ranger vs HiLux is the new schoolyard battle | opinion2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling 2015 Toyota HiLux | new car sales price28 September 2015 by Joshua Dowling What to read next Comments Related articles 2015 Toyota HiLux review6 October 2015 by Ewan Kennedy 2015 Mazda BT-50 review6 October 2015 by Ewan Kennedy 2015 Toyota HiLux review | first drive2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling Ranger vs HiLux is the new schoolyard battle | opinion2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling 2015 Toyota HiLux | new car sales price28 September 2015 by Joshua Dowling Related pages Ute Fun Stuff Motorsports Related cars for sale Search all cars for sale Get the latest news, reviews and advice every week Subscribe '); }