Hello and welcome to another edition of Starting Line! After a long hiatus, we’re glad to have some fresh thoughts for you, the reader in this column. The topic on most fans’ minds at the moment is the upcoming ninth Monster Jam World Finals, and this is a column previewing it, but with a twist—instead of making predictions or assumptions as most writers tend to, I wanted a different approach.
As the 2005 season in monster trucks winds down, I found it appropriate to reflect on all that has happened in our sport since I last posted a column here with a focus on the summer season.
The first stop for me was Quincy, Illinois for two days of Monster Jam. There were a couple of interesting storylines to look for in the winter season happening already at this event. Carl VanHorn was handed the keys to Dennis Anderson’s Grave Digger 19 and dominated the racing and freestyle both days. In his first hit on the van stack in freestyle, VanHorn did something even Anderson rarely does in 19–a slap wheelie, his trademark in Grave Digger 14. Rumors abound about which Grave Digger truck he will drive next year, but on this weekend and the following one in Baxter, Tennessee, VanHorn proved he will be a force in the season to come no matter what he is driving.
After watching Monster Jam World Finals 6 on television, I immediately thought of the events I attended throughout the course of the winter season in monster trucks. I will recap those thoughts and also preview a summer that looks very promising as well in this week’s column.
With so many storylines emerging from the
December 4 Minneapolis Monster Jam, it was difficult for me to focus on one
particular topic of interest. One thing is for sure, monster truck fans
nationwide will be in for a unique season. Here are some collected thoughts from
the first two televised Monster Jams in Montreal and Minneapolis: