Saturday 13 January 2018

Monster Jam, Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I went to Monster Jam this evening at the Rogers Centre.  We went the last two years.  It's LOUD and a lot of fun and we looked forward to going again this year.

Our seats were in the first row.  There was a huge crowd with lots of kids.

There were three competitions.  The first was the head-to-head racing.  Competitors report to a starting line. On a green signal, the trucks head along a prescribed course to a finish line with first to legally complete the course advancing in competition. Winners advance until two trucks remain with the finals determining the racing champion.  The winner was Son-Uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson.  Here are the trucks ready to go.

The official let them know when it was time to go.

The second competition was the two-wheel skills challenge.  Drivers have multiple opportunities to perform the best stunt, bringing at least two wheels into the air.  This is a judged competition.  The winner was Mad Scientist driven by Lee O'Donnell.

Hotsy was doing well ... until it flipped over and had to be towed out

At intermission, they rearranged some of the cars and changed up the dirt hills at bit.

The final competition was freestyle.  Competitors perform tricks and stunts throughout the floor area in a designated time. This is a judged competition.  Some trucks successfully made it through while others stalled soon after they started.  The winner was Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II.

Right after this, Scooby Do flipped over and was hauled to the side
A bad landing is coming up
Dragon did a successful back flip against this barrier ... very cool!
Overkill Evolution also did a successful back flip against this barrier
and the truck was smoking (literally) afterwards
The crew had to clean up after Overkill Evolution
Gravedigger flipped over while going over this mound
and had to be hauled away
Son-ova Digger did a back flip against the barrier ... and kept flipping

The overall champion of the night was Gas Monkey Garage driven by B.J. Johnson.

What a fun night and I can't wait 'til next year!

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