The monster truck phenomenon began sometime in the 70s when modified pickup trucks were becoming the rage and rampant testosterone was causing men to fight the "Who’s bigger" battle. It wasn’t until about 1981 that these same trucks were used to crush the smaller, weaker vehicles, and the culture took off from there. Now, monster truck events are everywhere and the battle for the bigger, badder truck still rages on.

In order to reign supreme in an event that has about as much drama as a pro-wrestling smackdown, owners of these massive modified trucks have to pay to play. A full monster truck build can run up to $250,000 with about $150,000 per year for spare parts. Since these 12,000lb trucks make a name for themselves by smashing the competition, an additional $250,000 is needed per year for repairs and maintenance.

Cost isn’t the only issue either. A full eight man crew spends 18-20 hours spanned out in three days constructing the track for the trucks to race on. Then the weaker vehicles, such as cars, vans, buses, ambulances, and even airplanes, are hunted down to serve as prey for the massive trucks. About 3,000 vehicles per year are found in local junkyards and returned after each event.

With such painstaking lengths taken to ensure a successful and entertaining experience, it’s no wonder that Monster Truck Jams run rampant in so parts of the country.

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  (276) posted on 09.13.2011

Expensive.. For just one tire, it will cost you a hundreds of dollars. But what an exciting truck in an off-road adventure.

  (592) posted on 07.25.2011

Yeah. This is really a pricey one. I bet only few folks will prefer this one aside from its price but also with the looks. Who do you think will ride this one on the road with its very big appearance?

  (380) posted on 07.25.2011

These monster truck are just like toys for some people who enjoy seeing it in the off road, in the race or show. It’s really a monster of the road.

  (399) posted on 07.21.2011

Well, this accessory truck is only for a wealthy folks. Spending a lot for this car is kind of pricey and I bet its a gas guzzler!

  (473) posted on 07.21.2011

Hell! It seems that maintaining and building this big trucks costs like a sporstcar!BTW, the power output and speed of the monster truck is quite impressive and it safe as well!

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