In the mean time here are some monster truck photos from Lake Erie Speedway and some monster truck information for you to enjoy.
Trucks: Usually 11 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, a monster truck must weigh a minimum of 9,000 pounds, with some monster trucks weighing as much as 12,000 pounds. The less the body weighs, the more strength and weight can be put into the frame and engine without sacrificing speed and maneuverability. Average cost: $150,000.
Engines: Custom-built, supercharged and methanol-injected, a monster truck engine burns up to 2.5 gallons of methanol per run (approximately 250 feet). The size of the motor is limited to 575 cubic inch, according to United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) regulations. The average monster truck team will go through five engines in one year. Average cost per engine: $35,000.
Body: Made of fiberglass, a monster truck body is custom designed. A fiberglass company generally owns the mold to the design. Average initial cost: $50,000. Average cost of remakes: $3,000.
Tires: Manufactured by Goodyear and Firestone, monster truck tires must be 66 inches high and 43 inches wide. The average monster truck team will go through eight tires in one year. Tires are customized and hand cut to accommodate track conditions. Cutting one tire takes approximately 50 hours. Average cost: $2,600 each.
Shocks: Most monster trucks run with nitrogen gas shocks. Some trucks run with one shock per tire, while others run with as many as two per tire. The complete shock package includes a coil-over-shock kit and spring. Average cost: $1,250 each.
Paint: A monster truck must be painted to cover the rough fiberglass body. Airbrushing logos and specialized artwork add to the cost. Average cost: $3,500.
Race Team Budget: A monster truck team incurs a number of expenses throughout the year from repairs and maintenance on a monster truck and the hauler to fuel, racing uniforms, lodging and food. Average cost per year: $250,000.
Crushed Cars: Steel body full-size cars are the vehicles typically crushed during a monster truck event. Cars, as well as vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes and ambulances, are attained from local junkyards and returned after each event. Average number of cars crushed per year: 3,000.
Tracks: A crew of eight works 18-20 hours for three days to construct a monster truck course. It is not uncommon for dump trucks to make more than 200 trips to deliver the dirt to each stadium. The USHRA owns dirt in almost every city it visits. Average amount of dirt used per track: 700 cubic yards for an arena, 3,500 cubic yards for a stadium. Each year 700,000 cubic yards of dirt are used to put on USHRA Monster Jam events.
Tickets: During the 2004 season, more than 3.5 million people attended USHRA monster truck events --. Average ticket price: $20.
Here are some Demographics of a Monster truck show… "The Average Fan"
31% are children 12-17
59% of fans are Male
49% 21-49 age group
98% have visited a fast food or pizza restaurant in the past two weeks
98% regularly consume soft drinks each week
96% have visited a discount department store in the past six months
81% work on their own cars/trucks
54% own three or more vehicles in their household
87% purchased motor oil, oil/air filter in the past year
79% purchased vehicle-cleaning products in the past year
82% are active in completing home repairs and remodeling
89% own a credit or debit card
75% earn over $40K per year
70% regularly play video games
62% purchased power tools in the past year
53% purchased children’s toys
59% own or use personal computers on a weekly basis
44% attended a monster truck event a minimum of four consecutive years
41% of fans purchase products based on manufacturer involvement in Monster Trucks - better than the NBA ( 38%), NHL (38%), and the NFL (36%)
53% have visited a dealership in the past six months
47% of males prefer a new truck
73% of females prefer a new S.U.V.
66% of persons between 16 and 20 prefer a new car
35% plan to purchase a new truck within the next year
46% look to purchase a new vehicle in the next year