Monster crush on big trucks? Head to Monster Jam this weekend

February 28, 2014 

The trucks in Monster Jam can reach speeds of up to 100 mph and jump as far as 130 feet horizontally and 35 feet vertically.

SHAWN HANCOCK — Special to The Telegraph

Big, horsepower, big noise and big trucks. All these things will be standard fare for the three-day Monster Jam event that begins Friday at the Macon Coliseum.

“The show is pretty cool family fun,” said Bari Musawwir, who drives one of the monster trucks. “The environment is full of action-packed Monster Jam trucks. We jump over cars, we race them, we do wheelies.”

The Macon shows will last about two and a half hours and feature six drivers and trucks competing in a number of events.

There will be bracket races with two trucks racing at a time until there is a winner. There also is a freestyle performance that is judged against the other trucks.

“Each truck goes out for 60 to 90 seconds and kind of runs through a performance,” said Musawwir, who drives the Spider-Man truck. “One of the crowd favorites, in a nutshell, is the freestyle part.”

He has his own signature move that he hopes to show off.

“I have this thing called the web shooter where I ride the truck on two wheels,” Musawwir said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to pull it off in Macon because it’s a smaller arena but who knows, I might do it.”

The trucks weigh about 10,000 pounds and have a lot of maneuverability for such small spaces like an arena, he said.

“Expect a good time, a lot of horsepower,” Musawwir said. “These trucks are big and they are loud. If you are not prone to loud noises. I’d say bring some ear protection.”

The trucks can reach speeds of up to 100 mph and jump as far as 130 feet horizontally and 35 feet vertically. And jumping things is one things fans will get to see.

“Crushed cars, vans, motor homes,” Musawwir said of some of the things they jump. “You name it. I’ve jumped it. I’ve jumped over an airplane before, a boat.”

The Saturday afternoon show also offers fans a chance to meet the drivers and get up close to the trucks, which stand 12-feet tall and 12-feet wide and sit on 66-inch tires. The Party in the Pits will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and requires an additional $10 ticket.

“That’s an enjoyable part because you get to interact with the fans. It’s pretty much the only motorsport that lets the fans get up close,” Musawwir said.

He said he got into monster trucks when his mom took him to his first show as a 6-year-old.

“I knew what I wanted to do,” he said of the experience. “I don’t have a job, I like to tell people all the time. I just get paid to have fun.”

Monster Jam

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 1

Where: Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive

Cost: $22-$32 adults; $12-$32 children; Pit Pass tickets for March 1 are an additional $10

Information: www.monsterjam.com, 800-745-3000

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