Monster trucks roll into the Crossroads

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

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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