Greg and I went to Erie PA on Saturday to attend the Monster Jam event! It was a beautiful evening in the 80’s where you did not need a jacket. We spent some time in the pits which was great to see the monster trucks up close. They are amazing machines with a ton of technology to power them and provide safety features. Like the below picture where there is safety build in for any problems with the tires so it does not come flying into the stands. In the past there have been accidents where a truck ended up in the stands. But now before they start to perform an operator remotely takes over the truck so he can shut it down if the driver gets into trouble. This is good for the fans but also for the driver. That is not to indicate there will never be an accident or that a wheel will not come off the truck but safety continues to improve. Plus the drivers really appreciate their fans!
Lake Erie Speedway did a great job with the event and they have a great speedway. All the facilities were well taken care of and the seats were comfortable. I have been to other venues where the stands are so uncomfortable. There was plenty of leg room for Greg (and remember he is over 6 feet tall) and there were backs on the bleachers. The show was about 2 hours plus we got there an hour early and I was comfortable throughout the show. I would definitely go back to Lake Erie Speedway. It was a packed house so of course leaving was a bit tricky. First it was dark so finding your vehicle was interesting. I liked how some people set off their car alarms to help find their vehicle. That is a good idea to keep in mind if you cannot find your vehicle. At first the lines felt really long to get out of the park. But they had it well coordinated with staff letting a certain number of cars exit a row at a given time. Once you got to the road, they had staff directing traffic so everyone got out safely. I really commend them for putting everyone’s safety first with such a large crowd. Erie PA is just over the NY state line. At night those roads are dark. No street lights. Luckily we just headed down the road to make a right onto 90E but I have no idea how people find those side roads or even their driveways. I told Greg if we lived on a dark road he would find my jeep in the middle of the yard because I thought it was the driveway.
Below is a picture of a bag of cotton candy you could purchase with a free Grave Digger hat! I wanted Greg to get one since it was so stylish! But the kids just loved wearing those hats. Nothing like a ton of sugar later in the day for a good nights sleep!
As you may know Grave Digger is very popular and they have a 12-seat Grave Digger “bus” where for $10 you can enjoy a 45 second ride! Below is a video and a picture where you can see there is a safety gate. But if the driver rolls that monster truck – you are rolling with it! The video really does not do it justice for how crazy the ride is for 45-seconds!
The drivers of these monster trucks are pretty amazing and maybe a bit crazy! Or maybe that is called extreme sports. 🙂
Below are pictures of the Grave Digger – Bad to the Bone for 30-years. From the 2013 Souvenir Yearbook, Dennis Anderson has been the heart and soul of Grave Digger since 1982. You can learn more about Grave Digger history and its drivers at their official website. His “Digger’s Dungeon” is located in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and from I hear is a great destination. Below is a video that they made about their shop plus some incredible footage of Monster Truck shows including a tire flying off a monster truck.
Grave Digger The Legend – this driver was just crazy with his stunts and was a great entertainer. This monster truck is not all decked out like the other ones – but do not let that fool you. I thought he was the best of all the drivers. For more information on the Legend click here.
Monster Mutt was a lot of fun with his ears, tail, and tongue moving during the event! For more information click here.
Captain’s Curse – For more information click here.
Hooked driven by a rookie 19-year old – For more information click here.
Stone Crusher – for more information click here.