Huge American Monster Jam car crushing trucks are coming to London
It has been a decade since the London Stadium opened for the 2012 Olympic Games and in that time it has hosted just about every type of event possible. From sports to singing, food festivals to dentistry conventions, the home of the Hammers has hosted it. However on June 18, there will be something London has well and truly never seen before.
A collection of 12,000lb and 1,500 horsepower mega-wheel trucks will be doing 70mph around the stadium, flying off jumps, doing backflips and crushing cars as Monster Jam comes to the capital for the very first time. The classic American competition is hosting its first event outside of the US since the Covid-19 pandemic. The tyres alone are a whopping 1.7 metres high by 1.1 metres wide, and the trucks are painted by hand taking over 40 hours.
The makeshift track which is being used for the event takes 1,500 combined hours to construct. In addition to the main show which will be at 2.30pm, hardcore fans are able to get up close and personal with the Monster Jam trucks and teams at a special family-friendly 'pit party' which is at 11.30am. Book tickets here. : Inside Blackfriars Station: Behind the scenes at the heart of ThameslinkTom Meents from Illinois started out as a mud racer, with his mechanic dad's help.
He's now a world champion of monster truck competitions. He'll be at Stratford on June 18.(Image: Monster Jam)
MyLondon spoke with Tom Meents, 12-time Monster Jam truck driving world champion, to find out how he's preparing for this special event. He told us: "It's great to get back to our European events after a 2-year hiatus.
I've never been to London, and I'm super excited about going. My wife has always wanted to visit, and she's going to come with me." As the event also doubles up as a competition, he explained how it all works and what it means to him: "There are different competitions within the event: Racing, which is based purely on speed, and Skills and Freestyle, which are both judged by the fans.
In Skills, we have 2 attempts to do the best trick we can do on any 2 wheels - front, back or side. "In Freestyle, we have 2 minutes to do the craziest tricks we can. For me, as long as the crowd is happy and I can see their enthusiasm and appreciation, that's how I know I've done a good job.
Winning is a big part of it but giving people the greatest entertainment they've ever seen is better yet. I followed my unachievable dream as a 10-year-old, and I never gave up."This is Tom's Monster Jam truck, Max-D (aka Maximum Destruction!) (Image: Chris Tedesco)
The London Stadium will welcome Tom and his fellow drivers as it aims to continue to provide sport, music and entertainment opportunities for East London as part of 2012's Olympic legacy. This summer will mark 10 years since the games took place so all eyes will be on venues such as this to see if they have fulfilled their roles.
London Stadium CEO Graham Gilmore said: "We pride ourselves on bringing new and exciting events to the stadium, and Monster Jam is certainly that. An incredible high-octane experience for all the family, we cannot wait to host this unique show for a new audience in the UK, as part of our fantastic summer schedule. It will certainly be one not to miss."
Tom explains he might even do his special trick: "The steering wheel can be released by the driver, and sometimes I release, remove it, and hold it out the window when I'm driving. The fans love it, and when you can do something unique that slightly separates you from others, it can make a trick look even cooler." Thrill seekers can get tickets from GBP10 per child or GBP20 per adult.
For more information or to book click here.
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