On Saturday, we took a drive over to Coventry to the Ricoh Arena to watch Monster Jam. It’s a motorsport that is larger than life, with trucks on the biggest wheels you’ve ever seen drive around the arena and perform stunts to entertain the crowds. My six year old Olly was so excited to see the action up close, he has cars and trucks at home and often performs similar stunts so to see it in real life was really exciting.
We took our seats in the arena and we could see the ‘stage’ was set for an afternoon of muddy action. The stage was a large muddy field with mud ramps ready for the trucks to perform on. It wasn’t long until the action began and it was loud. These Monster trucks are huge and their engines are incredibly loud. We knew it would be loud beforehand so Olly had his ear defenders with him and wore them for the entire show.
The show started and the Monster trucks came out onto the field to show off their skills. There were 8 Monster trucks in total performing on the day. These included Max-D, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Monster Energy, Wonder Woman, Megalodon, Zombie and Earth Shaker.
The drivers of the Monster trucks were challenged to perform in both championship racing, a donut competition, a two-wheel skills challenge and a gravity-defying freestyle competition. After each truck had performed their lap with stunts around the arena, the audience were encouraged to vote live on their smart phones and the scores would come up on the big screen. Olly thought this was brilliant and thanks to the free wifi in the arena, it was easy to do.
As part of the show, we were also entertained by some incredibly talented bikers who performed some stunts on their motorbikes. They drove up to the top of a ramp then they jumped over to a muddy incline and performed some stunt that left us with our mouths wide open; holding the motorbike with one hand, tucking their legs up and then sitting back down on the bike, not holding the handlebars to the bike at all. It was all death-defying stuff which was brilliant to watch.
We all really enjoyed the show, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I knew Olly would love it and he sat the whole two hours in awe of the action unfold in front of him. I wouldn’t recommend the show for small children as it’s quite noisy (we left our one year old with his Grandparents) but definitely a great show for school aged children who love noisy stunt performing trucks!
We looked at the prices of the merchandise on offer after the show and was shocked to see the prices of the replica toy Monster Jam trucks at £15 each. We didn’t feel this was value for money and although Olly had pocket money to spend we encouraged him to save it and bought a couple of Monster Jam trucks from a local toy shop the following day for £4.99 each!
Zoe from Mama Geek and her family visited MonsterJam too and you can read her review of her afternoon and see more of the Pit Party (which we didn’t get chance to see) over on her blog here.
Disclosure: We were invited to the show with press tickets in exchange for social coverage and a review following our visit.