* Let me add a disclaimer: I wrote this daylog before the tragic events of Saturday morning. My sympathies to the American people. Per Ardua Ad Astra
FRIDAY! FRIDAY! FRIDAY!
Ladies and Gentlemen
, boys and girls, children of all ages:
Please direct your attention to the center
of the arena
Introducing: THE OUTLAWS OF MOTOSPORTS!
CANADIAN MONSTER TRUCK NATIONALS!
On Friday, I went to see to see something I have been waiting for for about 20 years. Monster Trucks
. Oh yeah. Living in northern Ontario
, not a lot of the traveling spectacles of North American
life came through town. I saw some second-string WWF
action when I was grade school, but it was nobody spectacular. It left me feeling kind of sad really. Why did nobody rate my hometown
worthy of a visit?
So, gripped with a young boy
s love of roaring engines
and fulfilling the promise I made my young self
, I saw me some BIG TRUCKS
. I had a blast
, noting to myself that now that I live in the big city
, nothing was skipping town. I also noted that it was mostly kids and their parents bustling into seats around me and my friends. Oh well. Better late than never
On to the spectacle! I saw the likes of:
The Ozz Monster
And boy was it loud
! Dang! I brought some earplugs
from home, as had most of the crowd. It was still loud! Methanol
engines 10ft away on top of a dirt covered NHL Hockey rink
is a treat! I think it must have been about 100 DB all night, if not over for some parts. It was one of those sounds you felt
as much as heard. Sitting close was great - we sat in the third row from the dirt. The space inside the Corel Center
was limited for them, but they pulled it off. It was a little sad to see them penned in like animals
, but what a show. I was grinning like a fool all night.
My friends and I identified all the makes and models of the poor whitewash
cars that sat on the dirt while waiting for the show to start. The show was amazingly long and varied, with "Tough trucks", regular off-road
trucks running a dirt track at breakneck speed
riders doing amazing tricks 30 feet in the air, and even "Mini-trucks", a go-cart spectacle for the kids, with the home town hero
taking the checkered flag
from the bad guy, a driver from Toronto
, the local hockey teams nemesis
city. The kids loved it. So did I!