As promised, Monster Jam was high-octane fun

Santino Honasan on Jun 22, 2015 02:24 AM
As promised, Monster Jam was high-octane fun
The fire-breathing Dragon was one of the six massive monster trucks that took on Manila!

As the doors into the arena burst open, and the fans headed out, still reeling from the show that they had just seen, it was pretty evident that Monster Jam’s first ever trip to the Philippines was a…monstrous success.

The roaring of the engines, the flames, the adrenaline, it was all part of the spectacle that was this one-of-a-kind monster truck race that Filipino fans got to see in person.

Saturday afternoon marked the first of three shows for the Monster Jam weekend at the Mall of Asia Arena, and for the first time ever, fans got to see six of Monster Jam’s most popular trucks, El Toro Loco, Dragon, Max-D, Zombie, Son-Uva-Digger and the legendary Grave Digger tear it up at the MOA Arena.

From the Wheelie contest, to the monster truck race, and the ATV and motocross display in between, it was all high-speed, high-octane fun for the whole family, and that’s exactly what drivers Scott Liddycoat and Cynthia Gauthier promised when we talked to them before the event itself.

The main event of Monster Jam was the freestyle race, where in all six trucks had a minute to go around the area and basically unleash their monster trucks. They flew up the ramps and got some serious air, did some pretty wild donuts, and smashed a couple of cars along the way, all while the thousands in attendance were having a blast. Winning the freestyle portion was Grave Digger, piloted by Jon Zimmer, and instead of keeping the plaque, Zimmer said that the first show was historic, and wanted to give away a piece of Monster Jam history by handing the plaque over to a lucky fan in the audience. Another lucky fan was given the flag behind the Grave Digger truck.

After the show itself, fans got a chance to get up close with their favorite drivers as they held an autograph signing session that was immediately packed with fans.

A group of fans headed down to the MOA Arena lobby, with one of them yelling out “Sigurado, uulit ako! (I’m definitely doing this again!)”

It wasn’t just the fans that were happy, but the people behind the event as well. ABS-CBN Sports caught up with Blake Tatroe, Feld Entertainment’s regional marketing director for Southeast Asia and India, and he was nothing short of happy with the turnout.

“Oh, my goodness, the reception, Filipino fans, as I expected, the Filipino fans have always been smiling, have always been excitable, I’ve never seen a group like this for a first time show. The autograph session was full, the show was really loud, everybody was standing, it was awesome!”

With the massive reception, just for the first of three shows, Blake is pretty confident that the show will be coming back to Manila soon.

“With a reception like this, yes, absolutely! The Filipino fans really love it. They knew the drivers, they knew the trucks, and they had a lot of fun.”

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