The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series will be making it’s Vancouver debut with the all-new event format featuring the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam. Monster Jam Vancouver 2017 Triple Threat Series is a points-based format that showcases the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most – more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!
This is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds around the globe. Monster Jam features high octane spontaneous entertainment and intense competition, featuring the most recognizable trucks in the world.
MONSTER JAM TRUCKS
Each Monster Jam truck is approximately 10.5 feet tall, 12 feet wide, 17 feet long and weighs 10,000 pounds. A Monster Jam engine will generate 1,500 horsepower, thanks to a blower that forces air and fuel into the engine. It is powered by methanol fuel, consumed at the rates of three gallons a minute from a specially constructed safety cell. The truck utilizes a four-link racing suspension with four main bars that link the front and rear axles to the frame. It rides on clusters of nitrogen charged shocks that offer 30 inches of travel in the suspension. The BKT tires are 66 inches in diameter and 43 inches wide, inflated to 16-20 psi pressure and (with wheel) weigh 800 pounds each. The driver’s compartment is a steel safety structure, built from tubing and mounted to the truck frame. The truck bodies are custom-built and constructed of fiberglass. Each truck is transported in specially prepared trailers, which can include spare parts and as many as two trucks.
ATVS & SPEEDSTERS
Some competitions (Triple Threat Central presented by AMSOIL, Triple Threat West presented by AMSOIL and Triple Threat East) will feature special vehicles such as ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and Speedsters (UTVs). ATVs are off-road machines built for performance. They are race-modified and powered by 450cc four-stroke engines, capable of 55 miles per hour. Speedsters are another form of off-road sporting vehicle manufactured to maneuver over rough terrain and around obstacles. Powered by a 1000cc engine, they can reach 85 mph in open spaces. They are larger in width and length than an ATV and feature an enclosed cab with two seats. Their lower center of gravity allows for optimum agility.
Monster Jam drivers come from all walks of life, but they are united by the desire to raise the bar on their performances. A Monster Jam driver does more than just drive, he or she is directly connected to the fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures during the Pit Party.
There are many paths to becoming a Monster Jam driver. Talent scouts are always on the lookout for those who can do the job and new drivers make the roster every year.
A recent innovation is the development of driver training programs. Working in conjunction with specialists and experienced Monster Jam drivers, trainees are taught everything from basic operation, safety, improving driver skills and public relations. Much of the training is done at “Monster Jam University” facility in Illinois, which offers realistic tracks and obstacles in order to prepare the future Monster Jam driver for what lies ahead.
The unsung heroes of a Monster Jam effort can be the technicians who are charged with keeping the Monster Jam truck in tip-top condition. Like the Monster Jam drivers, the technicians can come from many areas, but a key consideration is experience and education. Many have graduated from automotive-related programs at technical schools. Specialties such as welding and fabrication and engine maintenance are helpful. Much of the work is done in the field at the show, leaving technicians little time to enjoy the fruits of their work. They serve an integral part in the success of any Monster Jam truck’s performance.
TRUCK & DRIVER LINE-UP
Grave Digger driven by Dennis Anderson, Max D. driven by Neil Elliot, Metal Mulisha driven by Todd Leduc, El Diablo driven by Lupe Soza, El Toro Loco driven by Chuck Werner, Gas Monkey Garage driven by BJ Johnson, Captains Curse driven by Alex Blackwell, Dooms Day, Wild Flower driven by Rosealee Ramer, Time Fly’s driven by Kelvin Ramer, Enforcer driven by Roger Stidel, Survivor driven by Tony Canedo, FS1 Cleatus driven by Frank Krmel and Zombie driven by Joe Sylvester.
Hosts: Greg Whitacre, Elle Young and Ken Navitsky | Saturday, February 27 @ 7pm
· April 7th to 9th, 2017
· Pacific Coliseum | 188 Renfrew Street, Vancouver BC
· Tickets Available @ TicketLeader
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