Friday, August 25, 2017

Monster Jam Singapore 2017 @ National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub

If you're like me, your social media feeds last Saturday was probably filled with pictures and videos of monster trucks and unbelievable, jaw-dropping motor-vehicle stunts because Monster Jam Singapore was here!! Woohoo~!

It was the first time they were in town, and the first time I actually saw anything like that live actually! Making its first appearance in Singapore, the mega motorsport event from the United States featured 10 of the most high-profile trucks in the scene, including four-time Monster Jam World Finals champion Grave Digger, 11-time world champion Max-D, El Toro Loco and Monster Mutt Dalmatian.

Ok, some parts of the show were kinda slow e.g. when they were waiting to set-up the course or when they were towing away the trucks that rolled over.. but once the monster trucks were in place, it was gravity-defying stunts and action all the way!! Seriously, those Monster Jam truck drivers have crazy skills!!!

We arrived around 4pm for the Pit Party where we had access to see all the monster trucks and drivers up close. It was super packed though and tickets to the Pit Party were sold out much earlier on. I was a little surprised to see sooooo many people around as I didn't really think that Monster Jam was very popular here in Singapore, but boy was I wrong.

At 4pm the Pit Party was in full swing and despite our huge National Stadium grounds, you could barely walk around before bumping into anyone. There were lots of families around and later on in the night when I was checking Facebook and Instagram, I realised that at least 20? of my friends were there with their friends and families too haha..

On hindsight.. maybe we should have arrived earlier when the Pit Party started at 2pm to get good shots of the Monster Jam trucks and meet the drivers. By the time we were there, there was literally no way you could get a good frame without some random stranger photo-bombing your shots hehe..

A lot of the popular merchandise like Hot Wheel Monster Jam toy trucks and kids earphones were already sold out at the merchandise stalls inside the Pit Party, and outside the National Stadium.

Queues were super long too so we didn't bother to line up and buy anything then {although I was eyeing a t-shirt and maybe a toy??} but just walked around to admire the Monster Jam trucks and take photos. Spent about 1.5hr at the pit party before we left for dinner at the nearby Kallang Wave Mall.

We picked up some souvenirs at night while waiting for the carpark exit queues to clear.. I'm always such a sucker for souvenir cups haha and since this year is Monser Jam's 25th Anniversary, might as well get a souvenir T-shirt in my favourite colour as well!!

A little bummed that I didn't manage to get a Scooby Doo truck toy though.. went to Toys R Us to find last night but it's not sold there?? Maybe have to order online. Definitely can't find the tire muffs there at Toys R Us too.

The Monster Jam Singapore show started at 7pm and lasted about 2.5hrs. At Monster Jam shows, monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition - Racing and Freestyle.

In the Racing segment, 2 monster trucks will compete around the pit, and the first truck to cross the finish line moves onto the next round until it is eliminated or wins the overall Racing trophy. I didn't really find this segment as captivating as the Freestyle segment since not many stunts were done but it was still interesting to see the wildly-styled monster trucks speeding against one another.

Although Grave Digger and El Toro Loco were no doubt the all-time fan favourites... I actually liked Scooby Doo and another monster truck, Megalodon, that's shaped like a huge shark. Both are so cute!!! Although.. I don't think "cute" is a usual term to describe big, powerful monster trucks which measure about 3.2m tall, 3.7m wide, 5.2m long and weighs at least 2,000kg each hahaha

The video above shows what a typical race is like.. specially took it because it features a "dog fight" between Scooby-Doo and Monster Mutt Dalmation!! 🐕

The finals had Monster Energy {sponsored by the energy drink brand} racing against Grave Digger, who eventually took the racing trophy that night.

Monster Energy ended up winning the Freestyle segment and overall Monster Jam Singapore champion trophy though!! 

Grave Digger's freestyle performance - look out for his back flip!!

I don't think split-second photos do the stunts any justice so do take the time to watch the videos and admire all the breath-taking monster truck stunts and tricks. If the videos aren't showing properly, catch them on my YouTube channel

The freestyle competition allows drivers 2 minutes on an open floor to show off their skills as they drive the trucks over cars, and do feats like big air jumps, doughnuts {where the truck spins in circles}, wheelies {where the truck is just on 2 wheels} or even flip-overs {where the truck is on its back and wheels in the air}!

The freestyle winner is determined by 6 judges each giving a score out of 10 and fans can also vote and give scores with the panel of judges.

Although the stars for the night were no doubt the famous larger-than-life Monster Jam trucks driven by world-class athletes who demonstrate the rare combination of physical strength, mental stamina and dexterity, I must say that I was extremely impressed by the dare-devil stunts performed by the motocross riders at the intermission show.

Like seriously, WOW!!! I've seen clips of motocross freestyle stunts online before but watching it live is certainly another kind of experience. The whole stadium's atmosphere was electrifying and you feel such an adrenaline rush watching them... I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time and couldn't help but cheer in elation each time a harder stunt was performed.

Please, please, please watch the above motocross video I took to know what I mean, although I wish you could have been there to watch and feel it for yourself!  

Monster Jam Singapore certainly was a very unique and eye-opening experience, and I'm really glad that we got to enjoy it even though it's not something that I'd usually go for.

But hey, we always gotta be open to new experiences and adventures, right? (*^▽^)/ ❤


An Apel a Day said...

I always liked looking at the tricks, the bright colors, and designs on the sides of them. I could do without the noise though. I know it comes with the show. Here it was really cold too. They had garages that opened up, and it was winter time.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Those motor cross bikes really get some good air, don't they? My brother used to do competitive jumps like that on his bike and it always worried me how dangerous it was. Sorry to hear the lines were super long so you didn't get any rider shots or good souvenirs :(

mail4rosey said...

I saw them once years ago and it was fun. That Scooby version is awesome.

--andy-- said...

My adrenaline is still pumping when I was drafting my Monster Jam post. The loud engines really keep up the suspense! Agree with you about the number of bloggers invited too haha :)

cheers, Andy

Grub n grow said...

Thot my boy who's v into Monster Machines to be keen in this but when I showed him some pics I was kinda taken aback that he told me he'll only be ready when he's older 😌

Meiling Wong-Chainani said...

So glad we had the opportunity to catch it. We were so pumped by all the action during and afte although I thought the performance was a tad tame. Great review!

Michelle Hon of "The Chill Mom" said...

Love love this article! Adrenaline pumping and exciting to watch even in your videos! plus I love your outfit!

Shub said...

We loved it! Just the look of Monster Trucks was enough for my boys to go crazy. Bikers stunts were amazing too...

Pooja Kawatra said...

This was our first time watching these monsters in action and totally thrilled.