Monster Jam drivers promise a fun show for the whole family

Santino Honasan on Jun 19, 2015 04:24 PM
Monster Jam drivers promise a fun show for the whole family
“The only way to explain it is, all those things you used to do with your toy trucks as a kid, now we’re actually gonna do it for real, that’s the best way you can explain it.”

On Saturday, June 20, monsters will be invading the Philippines! Monster trucks that is, as the world-famous Monster Jam hits the Philippines for the first time ever.

For most Filipinos however, monster truck racing is a pretty new concept, so we talked to the drivers to get to know them a bit better, and find out what monster truck racing is all about.

“It’s obviously a motor sport, but it’s more of a family show. That’s what’s really cool about Monster Jam, it doesn’t matter what your age is, you’re gonna enjoy it. The way it works here is we have four elements of our show. There are six trucks, we do donut competitions. We’re judged on how fast we go, then we do wheelie competitions, then we do a timed obstacle course race, and then we do what everybody loves, freestyle at the end. That’s where we let it all hang out.” Monster Jam driver Scott Liddycoat told ABS-CBN Sports.

 

Scott Liddycoat (Photo via monsterjam.com)

 

Liddycoat is on his third year of monster truck racing, coming off a background in water motorsports. After a successful career racing hydroplanes, he now pilots Dragon, one of Monster Jam’s newest trucks.

“It’s a pretty cool truck, it shoots fire.” Liddycoat said.

If you’re looking for a more relatable explanation to what monster truck racing is all about, Liddycoat gave possibly the best answer.

“The only way to explain it is, all those things you used to do with your toy trucks as a kid, now we’re actually gonna do it for real, that’s the best way you can explain it.”

 Cynthia Gauthier on the other hand, isn’t as experienced as Liddycoat. Coming from a motocross background, Gauthier began monster truck racing just last January.

“I started with motocross, and I raced for five, six years. After injury, I wanted to get into the cage, so as they say, “With the age comes the cage”, so I started asking and I test drove, and did pretty good. I started last January, so it’s been like six months. I’m like a rookie. So far, it’s been a really great year, I have the best crew. I’ve gone upside down a couple of times, but you know, it’s a great experience. “Gauthier told ABS-CBN Sports.

 

Cynthia Gauthier (Photo via monsterjam.com)

One look at the 27-year old stunner from Canada however, you’d wonder why she got into such an extreme sport.

“I love anything with adrenaline, and Monster Jam truck racing is so much fun, we get to travel and meet all the fans,”

Pinoy fans will get to see Monster Jam for the first time starting Saturday and may not yet fully appreciate this unique and extreme sport, but for Liddycoat and Gauthier, they’re confident that after the show, they’ll be gaining some new fans.

“It’s loud, I think the people are gonna love it. It’s the coolest sport out there. It can be pretty wild. If they’re not sure about it when they first get there, they’re gonna be fans when they leave.” Liddycoat said.

“They’re gonna wanna come every year after the show.” Gauthier added.

Monster Jam hits the Mall of Asia Arena from June 20-21, 2015.

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