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Monster trucks roll into the Crossroads

By by kayla bell/kbell@vicad.com
Jan. 4, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Outlaw Monster Truck SpectacularWHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. SaturdayTICKETS: Advance tickets for children are $10 and $17 for adults. They are available at Rent-A-Tire, 1701 N. Navarro St., and at OutlawMonsterTrucks.com. A limited number of $10 advance tickets are available. Tickets at the door are $15 for kids, $20 for adults.BONUS: Tickets include access to the pit party, where you can see the trucks, talk to the drivers and take pictures. Friday's pit party begins at 6 p.m. Saturday's pit parties are at noon and 6 p.m.DOUBLE BONUS: The first 500 kids to show up to the 2 p.m. show on Saturday get a free toy monster truck.

MONSTER TRUCK SPECS

HEIGHT: 10- to 12-feet tall

WEIGHT: About 10,000 poundsTIRE SIZE: 8 feet; 1,000 poundsHORSEPOWER: Reaching up to more than 2,000 hpFUEL ECONOMY: 7 miles per gallonsOIL CHANGE: After each showTRUCK SAFETY: Each truck has a remote shut-off switch that allows someone on the sidelines to shut down the truck at any time.Source: Steve Quercio and MonsterJam.com

These guys aren't overcompensating for anything.

To be a monster truck driver requires the skillful maneuvering of a NASCAR motorist, the mechanical know-how of big-engined drag racing and the courage of off-road speedsters.

And, well, you gotta have quite a bit of cha-ching, according to monster truck event promoter, Steve Quercio.

"It's gone from a backyard sport to where these trucks are $150,000 apiece now, so it's really gotten very sophisticated," he said.

Sophisticated? Monster trucks?

So, it's not polo or rowing, or lacrosse, or any other sport you will never watch over beers at Buffalo Wild Wings.

But it is a sport making its Victoria debut.

Welcome a new year and a new era of class for the Crossroads: The Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular.

Expect crushing cars, donut spins, quad racing and all types of monster truck mayhem usually reserved for your TV screen.

Quercio said his company specializes in bringing small-screen shows to small-city folk.

"Victoria is a great little market and deserves to see the entertainment. This is really the same type of show that you would see in a big city, except it's just scaled down a bit," he said.

What "scaled down" means in monster truck speak is anyone's guess.

The Outlaw monster trucks have tires reaching 8 feet, each weighing about 1,000 pounds, Quercio said. The rides sit about 10 feet in the air, their engines requiring oil changes after every show.

"They're just totally different than anything out there. You really have to see one to grasp what they really are and what they've become," said Quercio, who's been in the business for 30 years.

You can see for yourself that size matters, at least when it comes to monster trucks. Join the Outlaw Monster Truck pit party before showtime to get an up-close glimpse of what the trucks are packing, talk to the drivers and take pictures.

The show is expected to last two hours.

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