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.
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 programs, and also a reviews sheet for the latest monster truck tires. This is hardly the most useful review material as I can’t imagine many people owning their own monster truck, but they are great collectors item with the programs.
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.
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.
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.