While I was evidently fairly spot-on with regards to the audience (at least the people we sat around) and couldn't recommend that anyone intentionally drive in New Orleans, the monster trucks had a certain "raw power" appeal to them. And, as I was to find out, the Monster Jam
is not just monster trucks; sure, that's the main event, but there's other interesting things to see. There's four-wheeler races, a races that's half race, half demolition derby whereby people jump into junked-out, specially race-prepped cars and then race around a figure-8 race track, banging opponents out of the way in their scramble to win... before their cars give out completely on them. There's some fancy driving of remote-controlled scale models of off-road vehicles, performed by local enthusiasts. There are hot, scantily clad girls posing with the winners of the events, at the winners' throne. Additionally, at about "halftime," there was a competition to see who could do the best at the new Monster Jam
videogame. I was surprised by the fact that there was pretty much something for everyone... as long as they have a pulse.
It seemed like everything that really seemed awesome at the Monster Jam was somehow related to "Grave Digger." The most amazing freestyle performance was given by the monster truck by the name of "Grave Digger." The beater car that I put a GameVortex logo on and that went on to win its heat in the demolition-style racing also went by that name; I'm not sure if the car actually had anything to do with the real Grave Digger, but the markings were very similar. And one of the new drivers - who drove Taz (Adam Anderson) and gave an amazing performance - is the son of the man-behind-the-truck, Dennis Anderson.