I have become an unlikely fan of Monster Jam. I am a female of a certain age, not particularly interested in trucks, noise or dirt, but there I was at my fourth (or fifth?) Monster Jam.
Monster Jam runs through this weekend, January 18 – 20 at the Hampton Coliseum. https://www.hamptoncoliseum.org/events/detail/monster-jam-6
I have two girls of my own, so Monster Jam was never on my radar. Then we had our first grandson, Joe. We were looking for something fun to do with Joe on his “Special Day”. That’s a day when one of the grandchildren come over and spends the weekend with us. I have five grandchildren. Joe is the youngest and the only boy. I know, I know, it’s a stereotype, but I was looking for “boy stuff” to do with Joe.
That’s how we discovered Monster Jam. What a surprise, not only did Joe love Monster Jam, but so did I. First of all, those trucks are cool. They’re decked out with fins, fangs, and tails. They have great names like “Dragon”, “Stinger Unleashed” and Joe’s favorite, “Grave Digger”. They zoom around the floor of the Hampton Coliseum and up dirt ramps and hills. Sometimes they flip over. There are mini versions of the big trucks, little ATVs that race around the track. You get to cheer for your favorites, points are totaled, and there is a big winner. It’s fast, furious and fun.
Joe begs to go to Monster Jam every time it comes to town. Joe thanks me every time we go. It’s great family-friendly entertainment. This time was a little different. I had the tickets, but then found out that Joe had already been invited to Monster Jam for his best friend’s birthday on the same night. Next in line for her “Special Day” was almost 12-year-old Catherine, so we took her and her friend, Lilly, opening night.
The two girls had just as much fun as the boys. Girls like monster trucks with cool names too, especially the ones driven by girls. There is a father/daughter duo competing against each other this year. Dad Darren Migues is driving “Dragon” and his 20-year-old daughter, Kaylen, is driving “Monster Mutt Dalmatian”. There is also a husband and wife competing against each other. Zane Rettew is driving “Stinger Unleashed”. His wife, Linsey, is driving the ever-popular “Scooby-Doo” truck.
Linsey won the first race of the evening in Scooby-Doo. She came out of the big truck, waving her arms and declaring it her “first racing win ever.” Catherine and Lilly cheered her on the whole evening. As the announcer said, “Monster Jam is the first professional sport where men and women compete on equal footing.”
Both girls came armed with their phones of course. They really enjoyed entering scores and participating in the judging on judgeszone.com. Audience scores are tallied within 20 seconds and scores are announced on events like the freestyle. Freestyle is 75 seconds of wheelies, trucks in the air, and trucks crashing onto junked cars. Catherine called it “destruction and chaos”, and she loved it.
The big winner on Friday night was Linsey Rettew in Scooby-Doo. The girls went wild. The best part of the night? “The girls kicked the boys butts.” The girl’s words, not mine. They had a great time. Monster Jam runs through this weekend. For more information and tickets, go to https://www.hamptoncoliseum.org/events/detail/monster-jam-6