Monster Jam 2016 Madrid is already here. Missing a little more than 24 hours before the engines start to roar and today we were able to see how to prepare an event of these dimensions. The Vicente Calderon Stadium usually looks like a lawn pristine, but the field of Atletico Madrid is completely transformed to host the monster trucks. To fill a surface are required between 300 and 400 trucks of sand.
The machines work ceaselessly, moving the earth, creating ramps for jumps, and even moving cars achatarrados, dropping them to the show. We have not come to see him, but we blow that there will be a tower formed by eight of these cars. Although apparently the tower will not be skipped, but crossed by one of these beasts. In person these vehicles are impressive and much. enormous size and eye-catching decoration make it impossible to go unnoticed.
One of the ‘monster truck’ with smaller wheels for transport
In the interior of the stadium a rest with a special wheels, of dimensions more reduced, which serve to transport them between show and show. When they come out to the arena have already put the wheels of off-road, so large that almost reached our height total. Each one of them weighs 350 kg and costs about 2,000 dollars (almost € 1,800), all is big in these vehicles, and will also be the invoice. Speaking with the mechanics they say that it is difficult to calculate, but that is a monster truck created from scratch could cost about 200,000 euros.
Not strange seeing what they carry within. Below that fiberglass body (that surely will break during the show) is home to a huge engine of a large displacement that develops more than 1,500 horsepower, and works with methanol. The consumption is exaggerated, since ‘to swallow’ about 10 liters of methanol each 200 ft. Get very good performance, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in about 3 seconds despite a weight of about 4 and a half tonnes.
Talk with one of the pilots of its operation and of the sensations at the wheel. We have found that it is not as difficult as it seems, nor do lack some special qualities. Apparently, as in a normal car there will be a lever of change and can choose between two marches, neutral and reverse. The first is very short and only serves to to cover the first few meters, while the second is meant to take higher speed and facing the spectacular jumps.
We take a look inside the monster truck and we found a mass of iron which form the safety cage. In between there are placed a seat-of-competition to reach the steering wheel and various knobs to control certain functions. It’s all very spartan and do not have, there is no dashboard. The access to this cabin is made from under the vehicle, and it takes skill to get it. Once at the top riders tell us that the visibility is very reduced for height and position.
Cynthia Gauthier with his Monster Mutt Dalmatian
By the sand takes a walk Dennis Anderson (driver of Grave Digger) and one of the greatest legends of this sport. A few metres we can see his son Ryan Anderson’s (driver of son Uva Digger) among other pilots. But not only men will be at the wheel of the monster truck, as two women, Briana Mahon and Cynthia Gauthier will be in charge of Scooby-Doo and Monster Mutt Dalmatian, respectively. They take out character and we have as a lead in the competition from small. Speak also of good cheer among pilots, which make them a great family… except when competing.
Seeing the ins and outs of the world of the Monster Jam every time we want more the spectacle of morning. At 20:00 hours you will begin a show in which we can see, for the first time in Spain, backflip with one of these monster truck. This turn of 360 degrees will be accompanied by other stunts and jumps of all kinds. It will also be the deafening sound of the 10 engines are roaring at the same time. We have heard to boot one of them and we can say that with a few advances of the throttle, the roar is served.