Expect to see Bigfoot and other big-name trucks, along with wheelie contests, ATVraces and stunts galore.
The Monsters are coming. All the big ones – Bigfoot, Black Stallion, and Warrior, as well as Monster Truck Jam World Champion Bounty Hunter and Iron Outlaw.
The Monster Spectacular is scheduled for April 28-29 at the Colisee, and it features the return of Bigfoot to Lewiston after 12 years.
“From what I am hearing, this is going to be the biggest Monster Truck event ever presented in Maine,” said Kelly David, the Colisee’s events and marketing manager.
She said one of the biggest challenges of a monster truck show at the Colisee is getting all the vehicles into the building.
“We’re off ice at this time of the year, so we can schedule this kind of show where the trucks have to perform on the concrete floor,” she said.
The show also features a jet motorcycle built on Discovery Channel’s popular “Monster Garage” show and the world’s only twin-engine jet car.
Jimmy Creten will drive the World Champion Bounty Hunter, and his wife, Dawn Creten, will drive Scarlett Bandit. Also appearing will be Teo, who is well known on the midget wrestling circuit.
“You just never see this lineup of trucks in a hockey arena,” said Dan Carter, vice president and chief of U.S. operations for Montreal-based Chris Arel Motorsports (CAM).
He said CAM “wants to make a big splash” as it re-enters the U.S. monster truck circuit.
The 2006 Valvoline Monster Spectacular Tour kicked off in Edmunston, New Brunswick, April 8-9, and from there played in Montreal before heading for Lewiston.
This Maine booking precedes numerous appearances throughout Canada, as well as shows in Florida and Germany later in the year.
Besides monster truck races and crowd-pleasing, freestyle exhibitions, the Monster Spectacular at the Colisee will feature wheelie contests, ATV races and tons of stunts.
Carter said nearly a dozen cars and a couple of vans have been acquired for the gigantic trucks to pound into the ground in spectacular jumps. That’s six vehicles headed for destruction under the massive motorized monsters at each show.
The truck stunts at shows often include high-speed spins called “donuts” or “cyclones,” and occasionally the drivers do intentional rollovers. Shows also include special jumps and climbs.
These show trucks can run up and over most man-made barriers, so they are equipped with remote shut-off switches, called the Remote Ignition Interuptor (RII), to prevent a runaway truck from running over the grandstand and into the audience.
Monster trucks have become a major entertainment industry since the first trucks were built in the mid-1970s. They were slightly modified pickup trucks, but today’s vehicles are built from the ground up with custom frames, very large tires, unique suspension and powerful engines. They have fiberglass shell bodies with unique paint schemes. Most trucks now use a vinyl coat made of large sheets of printed-on vinyl. The wrap can be less expensive than a full paint job and can be done in a matter of hours.
Besides the shows, monster trucks have generated a major market for photos, truck models, memorabilia, magazines and other related items.
CAM was founded in 1986. Since that time, the company has grown into an international entertainment powerhouse doing shows all across Canada, the United States and around the world.
In 1996, CAM started an air-quality testing program at its shows to insure a safe breathing environment for spectators.