Monster Truck Rally – Sponsors

Upon entering the stadium, the distinct smell of gasoline was thick in the air. The noise inside ear-deafening. The throngs of people shifting towards their seats around me wild and excited.

There is only one place I could have been: a monster truck rally. I love the chaos you are presented with when you arrive at one of these events. You learn to love the assault on the senses you are subjected to throughout the show – the smells, loud noise and even louder people.

Sometimes I just like to sit back and people-watch. You’re greeted by all different types of folk; families and enthusiasts or people there for the first time. The sea of mullets is always a sight to behold!

It’s not the first time I have been to a rally. In fact, I have been going for a number of years now. As an enthusiast, one of the things I most enjoy about the events is the sponsors, and the giveaways and merchandise you can nab for free before or after the main event. In fact, I think monster truck sponsors must be some of the most generous around – the mountain of freebies I have attained throughout the years is a testament to that.

So for collectors like me, here is a list of some of the sponsors you can expect at events nationwide and some of the stuff they give away for free.

Peraltor

One of the most commonly sighted firms at rallies, Peraltor are usually the main sponsors of the smaller/medium sized shows across the country. They usually have a booth next to the gate manned by pretty women in sponsored gear. Instead of being there for people to just gawk at, they are there to do a job and promote future events. They also give out free event-day programmes, and also a reviews sheet for the latest monster truck tyres. This is hardly the most useful review material (unlike this one: chefs choice knife sharpener review) as I can’t imagine many people owning their own monster truck, but they are great collectors item with the programmes.

Fullerton Fuel

I see this specialist gasoline company at quite a few race events. And they love to give stuff away if you get to them early. Not only do they give away company-branded caps with different monster truck images on them, they also hand out these cool rubber wristbands, that come in a variety of colors. Granted, the wristbands are a little too small for my thick arms these days, but they are great to give to younger siblings or your kids.

Sugerdon

Ok, not a completely free gift, but a great promotion nonetheless. This food company offers something called the Sugerdon Dollar Dog Day at select events. Which is exactly that – event-day hot dogs for $1. This is a steal, and I usually buy multiple when I see them. And lots of other people have the same idea. Why not. So this promotion usually causes a mini-stampede before the main event, so if you know Sugerdon are sponsoring a rally, try to get to their food stall early.

Zenbow

The classic sponsor-giveaway is offered by this toy-car maker at most events they attend – the branded T-shirt replete with Monster Truck design. The fabric on the T-shirts is surprisingly good quality, and I have a black, grey and blue one.

 

 

Cooking Barbeque for An Auto Race

There is something really special about traveling across the country to go to an auto race. Whether you are traveling with your family or a group of friends – it is an expedition, an adventure, a shared experience that will provide you with a lot of fun and some fantastic memories.

One of the best ways to enjoy your auto race experience to camp out the night before. You might have had to drive for a couple of hours to get to the race way, but once you have set up your camp and started to think about organizing some food and maybe a few drinks, then you can really start to relax and enjoy the build up to the next day of racing.

The key to a successful expedition like this is preparation. Planning and preparation. The perfect food that is going to please everyone on a pre-race camping trip is barbecue. It is simple, easy to prepare, easy to eat, and undeniably delicious. Of course there are lots of different types of barbecue meals that you could prepare – you could keep it as simple as some sausages or burgers, but if you want to go to a bit more effort (and have some very happy and impressed campers) then why not think about preparing some pork ribs?

Many people will argue that the key to a great meal of barbecued ribs is all in the marinating and the secret sauces. This is absolutely true – once you’ve bought the ribs it is important to get that marinade going, letting the flavors really be absorbed by the meat, basting it regularly and helping to lock that moisture in.

Baby back rips are a favorite camping barbecue food. Make sure that the ribs have been marinated at least overnight, pat them dry before applying a dry rub, and then store them in an air tight container until you are ready to grill. You can baste with your barbecue sauce while cooking and also before serving to ensure that they have that sticky sweet flavor and texture that every body will love.

But let us not forget that the way that we cook the meat is almost just as critical – there is not point undoing all of your good preparation work just by a poorly executed cooking method. If you are lucky enough to have scored a camp site that has a power connection, or if you have brought with you a portable generator, then you could simply plug in your best electric smoker and away you go. However if you are roughing it a little, then you might need to consider some other alternatives.

You can achieve surprisingly good barbecuing and smoking results with your meat if you are using a gas barbecue, but this takes a little skill and patience. Generally the best results will be achieved if you are using a charcoal barbecue or smoker. Some of the tools and equipment that you will need include cubes of charcoal (these will give you a cleaner and more intense heat than briquettes), you will also need wood chips to create the smoke – ensure that you have selected wood chips that do not have any bark on them and that have not been treated with any chemicals, you need to ensure that you are not creating toxic smoke that will render your meat inedible. Plus you will need some long heat resistant tongs.

When you are smoking meat, the key to a successful smoke is really the ability to control the temperature. It is a long process of slow cooking to ensure that the meat that you produce is tender and tasty and full of flavor.

Like all of the best things in life, patience is the key to a good barbecue or smoking of your meat. By maintaining a consistent temperature you will cook the meat gradually, locking in the flavor and ensuring that you have fed a lot of happy campers.

The craziest thing I heard all year…MONSTERBIKES!

I’ve been a huge fan and enthusiast of monster trucks for many, many years now. Ever since I began, I experience a rush every time I see them or go to a stadium where they put on rallies, and I thought nothing could ever take that over. Well, it is still unbeatable, but the only thing that could possibly rival them would be if monster BIKES were a thing! Could you imagine those rallies? Bikes versus trucks, races, contests, prizes, the works.

I’ve only ever seen photos online of people who have modified their bicycles or motorbikes to have massive front wheels or a crazy body modification. They’re definitely not fit for the kind of activities I had in mind. Boost up the size of everything, especially the wheels, make the bodies bigger and more impact resistant, modify controls to remain in charge while riding, and of course make sure the drivers are safe while riding. Monster truck drivers are very well protected inside the trucks, but injuries still happen. It’s been mostly recorded that drivers don’t generally suffer from immediate pain, but more so internal, long lasting injuries that don’t surface for years to come. Definitely makes you want to become one, right? Well as I’m sure you’ve seen, trucks land upside and roll a bunch.

Monster bikes would probably take more damage, seeing as they are less stable on 2 wheels and much more prone to rolling, bailing and wiping out in general. Creating a safe, protective area or an easy escape would take some hard work, planning, testing, and prototyping, but just to see these in action would be so worth it. One thing is for sure (for both monster truck and bike operators), they need helmets. With so much juggling around, flipping, rolling, and getting their heads jostled around, they need to protect what’s inside! Motorbike helmets are some of the highest grade out there for high impact accidents and crashes. The monster bike riders would especially benefit from one of these! There’s a massive assortment of all different kinds and grade of helmet…I can only imagine they’d use the highest and best quality one for these stunts (something like the HJC CL-16 would be a pretty good place to start..).

If you’re a motor enthusiast like myself, and enjoy a little dare-deviling here and there, I highly recommend checking out some sites and stores for a helmet to cushion your melon. I know it’s saved my life more than once on numerous occasions! Seriously, take the time to compare brands and styles to find the right one for you. Who knows, maybe Monster Bikes will sponsor their own brand one day!

Now imagine this…but a motorcycle!

There is just so much that can possibly be done to create the new stunt/sport or monster biking! It would be line taking motocross stunts and blowing it up to double the size or more and just making a way bigger impact on the crowd (and the ground!). It would launch a new generation of enthusiasts, and people’s garages everywhere would soon be filled with all the crazy junk needed to create their own massive monster bike!

My First Monster Truck Show

Monster trucks. Yeap. I’ve been seeing them a lot on TV lately. I’ve been trying to picture myself sitting in one of the arena seats at a monster truck show for quite some time now. I’m sure it’ll be twice the fun since I watch most sporting events or shows on TV. This will be a first for me since I’ve never set foot in a monster truck event.

My husband had been to monster truck shows from time to time as a child. Me? Never. But now, I can check this off my “To Do List” and make my prolonged dream a reality. A friend of mine, who won tickets to a local monster truck circuit, was nice enough to share tickets for me and my family.

My sons were a bit hesitant about going to monster truck show since the noise is said to be extremely loud. But when we got to the entrance, I managed to get myself, my two kids, and my husband headphones to protect our ears from the loud noise. I finally saw the “Monster Jams” monster truck show at the Lincoln Financial Center (the same place where the Eagles play football).

We decided not to go to the top of the stadium since I fear that being atop a closed dome would be a lot noisier. Turns out, I was wrong. Sitting at the bottom row seats near the field is painfully loud. But it’s a good thing I had my ear-reducing headphones on to minimize the deafening roar of the trucks and the crowd. The Monster trucks are freakishly loud, to put it mildly.

So we found our seats. They were great since they’re situated on the first row and second tier at the 50-yard line. No one sat behind us so we can freely stand up and cheer whenever we want. I stood up and cheered for the quad race groups and a plethora of monster trucks on show. The trucks arranged a race to see who can get around the track the fastest. This was actually the first half of the show.

The teams on the first half of the show consist of different quad races with some intense city-against-city competition (It’s New York City versus Philly). The main event (second half of the show) was the “freestyle.” It’s basically seeing how hard the trucks can push other vehicles out of the way but only seeing them fall apart and crashing on each other. The crowd was loving it. So was I. Turns out, my family loved it too as they continued to cheer for their favorite trucks.

I was amazed at how high the trucks flew in the air. The hang time on each truck was just incredible. I managed to snap several shots from my smartphone from the time they each attempt a jump to the time they land. It was pure bliss for me.

A lot of the trucks performed back flips here and there. I even saw the renowned Grave Digger do a full flip. The truck landed on its side on the second flip. Other trucks were successful while others landed in ridiculous positions.

It was a different evening for me and my family. I must say, I’m proud to have finally been on my first monster truck show since it was a fun event to be part of. I’m already looking forward for another monster show trip soon!

Great Snacks for a Monster Truck Show

Baseball in itself as a sport is wonderful sport. The whizzing of a fastball, the cracking sound of a bat, the ball smacking into the glove, and the cheering of the crowd are some of the few sounds you’ll come across in a baseball stadium all over the country.

But soaking into one of America’s favorite games live goes way beyond what you hear. You’ll also appreciate the sights, sounds, smell, and tastes to enjoy as well. Namely, that delicious smell hovering around the ballpark — attracting fans for a snack at the concession stands.

The days when picking a simple menu for selecting foods has been long gone. Nowadays, baseball stadiums provide treats that you can’t even imagine, with the main aim of showing something for everyone since the only option better than seeing a baseball game live is, of course, with food.

With that in mind, here are the top 5 best foods to snack on while watching a baseball game in the stadium:

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Nachos: If you’re seeking to get the most of your money then look no further to a tray full of nachos. Nachos are most likely to last for a couple runs, unless you’re sharing the nachos with a friend. There is no doubt that nachos can easily fill your belly for the time being before going back to the concession stand. Pile them high with cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes onions and more for a great snack.

Ice Cream:You surely can’t go wrong eating several scoops of any ice cream. Sitting under the scorching summer heat is no fun. So, having ice cream is an ideal solution to keep you cool while satisfying your taste buds. Just make sure you have a napkin or two around in case you’re facing a melting problem.

Popcorn: The snack isn’t just made for movie theatre goers. Nowadays, you can find popcorn on every concourse of a sporting event, concert or something else all over the country. Popcorn is simple, tasty, can be shared and lasts a little longer. Just make sure you keep a close eye on butter and salt consumption.

Peanuts: Having a pack of freshly cracked peanuts is both tasty and rewarding at the same time. Going for a bag of peanuts is likely the best option a truck fanatic can ever go for. You won’t have to worry about discarding leftovers in a trash bin. Just chuck the hard shells to the ground and forget about them. Furthermore, peanuts are a healthy snack that can last you for quite a while while at the show.

Hot Dogs:  Hot dog is the king of Monster Truck show food and this is something that won’t change in the next several generations. Whether you prefer your hot dog with relish, onions, cheese, mustard, cheese, or all of them combined, it’s one food that will never let any true fan down.

Image Credit Flickr User: Point N Shoot

The Top 4 Monster Trucks of All Time

Monster trucks can turn anyone’s frown upside down. They’ve been around in the RC scene for years. What makes them really awesome is their huge size and capability in going to through different terrain. We’ve been fortunate to observe plenty of monster trucks even though the older models have come and go. We all have our favorite trucks and there have been some that we weren’t even aware of.

 

Here are the top 4 monster trucks:Monster

The HPI Savage: This nitro-powered truck was considered to be one of the first few to possess a twin vertical plate chassis. It utilized the longest shocks. Different variations of the truck have been replicated since its public appearance. Over the years, the HPI Savage became armed with brushless motors and varying blocks of nitro engines. You can usually spot this particular truck on pulling tracks and race tracks.

The Kyosho USA-1: This may not be the first electrically powered monster truck in the market but it’s one of the most popular ones around. The Kyosho USA-1 was created from the full-sized USA-1 truck but with its own independent suspension. A nitro version was also available, modelled after the Kyosho 1/8 scale buggy chassis. Its body was pieced from a Lexan vehicle but utilized plastic materials to improve its appearance.

The Losi LST: We never dreamed of seeing the Losi LST being unique. It was practically different from any of the trucks seen during the time it was revealed. Its humongous shocks stood out and it came armed with a plethora of features including multiple disc slipper clutch, a 2-speed transmission, and a portable reverse transmission. The truck also featured plenty of torque thanks largely to its installed shaft starting big block engine. Now, the Losi can be seen in its XXL form.

Tamiya Blackfoot:If you’re seeking for a cool monster truck in the 1980s, then the Tamiya Blackfoot is the answer. It featured a joint chassis and suspension as well as an injection-molded body. Market materials such as dogbones and ball differentials were sold only few companies as they enhance the Tamiya Blackfoot’s strength and performance. Its body is still being sought after today.

Well, that’s basically the top 4 monster trucks to have existed of all time. If you know where to look, you can still spot these trucks today.

Image Credit: Flick’r User: John 5199

Best New Trucks

With spring here, and summer on its way, it’s the right time of year to go shopping for a new truck. Nowadays, there are few amenities that mid-sized cars have that aren’t also available in many trucks, which means there are few drawbacks to choosing a truck over a car. On top of that, there are plenty of good options available among trucks, so whatever your preferences are, you’ll have your choice from a large selection of trucks. Here are three trucks to take a particularly close look at. If you’re not in the market for a new truck, check out our review of the best used trucks here.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

This model offers so many variations in terms of body styles and engines that you can make it into the kind of truck that you’ve always dreamed about. Even compared to past models, the 2014 Silverado is vastly superior in several key areas. All of the engines available are more fuel efficient than in past years, which means you will save money in the long run if you spring fora new truck rather than a used one, especially if you plan on using it for long trips. Those long trips will be much more comfortable and relaxing in this model, as the interior has been much improved from past models and the ride is much quieter. If you’re looking for a big and powerful truck that’s going to last a long time, the 2014 Silverado may be the perfect fit.

2014 Ford F-150

This year’s model of the F-150 carries on the reputation of its predecessors of being one of the best trucks available. There are a wide variety of trims and power trains to choose from based on your towing and off-road needs, and the F-150 gives consumers more variations than any other truck this year. There aren’t a lot of changes or upgrades from previous years, but with such a quality truck that has so many variations, there aren’t too many upgrades that are necessary. This truck is better suited as a work truck than some of the other trucks on the market, but because it has so many variations, you’re free to customize it however you want to fit your needs, and because of that, the F-150 is still a truck worth checking out in 2014.

2014 Nissan Titan

The Titan is perhaps the most user-friendly and best-value truck on the market this year. For a brand new truck, it’s reasonably priced, even if its below-average fuel economy is a drawback. The cabin is spacious and offers plenty of useful amenities considering the price of the truck. Among full-size pickups, the Titan is one of the easiest to drive, with great steering, strong brakes, and exceptional maneuverability for a truck of its size. In terms of power, the Titan is quite impressive, although it’s only available with a V8 engine, which is why its fuel economy is lower than desirable. However, if you’re looking for an affordable truck that you can use on a daily basis, the 2014 Titan could be the model that fits you best.

Best Used Trucks

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