A truck show and a monster truck show are two different things. Trucks shows are often just displays and exhibitions. Classic custom and standard custom trucks are lined up for people to admire. Their appearance is often modified with things like custom rims, tires, paint jobs, bumpers, chrome, headlights and other features.
At these trucks shows, often the trucks will be started and gunned with the hood lifted, because the owners have made massive modifications and customizations to the engine. They’ll be shiny and beautiful, and designed for performance even though the truck will probably not ever be raced down the highway. It’s the idea of the performance enhancements and the beauty of the trucks in truck shows that made them so much fun to see. Some trucks shows even have judging in certain categories and prizes to be won.
What Are Monster Truck Shows?
A monster truck show, on the other hand, is a completely different kind of display. Of course, monster trucks will be parked to be admired, but the height of the show is all action. And something that’s pretty novel about monster truck shows is that the trucks usually have names. At a classic truck show, you’re probably not going to stand and admire a truck called Big Bertha, Bigfoot or Godzilla’s Nightmare. You’ll be looking at a classic tricked-out ’57 Chevy. At monster truck shows, the trucks have names and fans generally cheer for one truck over another as they would at a sporting event.
Monster trucks are usually just ordinary pick-up trucks that have been lifted and modified, and set on whopping tires. But some jacked up trucks, usually the most famous ones, have a variety of other modifications that make them special and ideal for monster truck shows like a driver’s seat in the middle of the cab to make it easier for the driver to see in the mirrors and enhance visibility.
Amazing Monster Truck Shows
At these shows, there’s almost always a popular segment where the trucks run over things and crash them. Smaller vehicles are a popular item to get crunched beneath those massive tires. Often, the monster trucks will drive over a whole line of cars and trucks, crushing them as they go. There’s also usually a point when the drivers will go a bit wild with their monster trucks and do things like donuts as part of the display.
Because of the massive size of the trucks–custom manufactured monster trucks that are used just for these shows typically have much bigger bodies and chassis than pick-ups that have been modified–they require special safety features like a remote shut-off button that stops the engine with the push of a button in case the driver loses control. Special reinforcements are built-in in case of rollovers to protect the driver, too.
When you can appreciate all the work that goes into those monster truck shows and the trucks themselves, you can enjoy the shows even more.