LIMA — Everything about the trucks coming this weekend to the 4Wheel Jamboree Nationals is monstrous, from their size to their sound to their fuel consumption.
“This year’s competition is going to be huge. Some of the best monster trucks ever will be coming out for this show,” said Emily Boden of The Promotion Company, promoter of the annual Jamboree.
“I think people enjoy this show for a variety of reasons. Everyone has a passion and to see people so passionate about their trucks at the show-n-shine is awesome. I think most people are awe-struck, too, by the monster trucks. And face it, whenever you’re stuck in traffic don’t you wish you could just drive over the tops of the other cars just like the monster trucks do at the Jamboree?” Boden said.
But few people would like to pay to fill those monsters with fuel. Although they run on methanol rather than gasoline, Hall Brothers Racing out of Illinois did a quick primer for anyone interested in filling the 22-gallon capacity on their Raminator, which will be showing this weekend in Lima. In the first 5 seconds of any race, the truck uses up to 7 gallons of fuel. For one freestyle run, that’s 10 gallons. If you took the truck on a 1,000-mile vacation, it would use $26,250 worth of fuel, and need 227 fuel stops.
They noted that when the monster truck is at full throttle, the fuel pump is pumping fuel into the engine at about the same rate as five bathroom showers all running at once. The fuel line that supplies the engine on the truck is more than three times the size of one in the family car.
“Even the behind-the-scenes information on these trucks is fascinating, especially when we average consumers hate paying the price to fill our little cars with gasoline,” Boden said.
But for this Jamboree, the trucks will be running full tilt. And they will be joined by a few new events this year.
First, there will be a qualifying race for the King of the Hammers event, held in February in California. “This is strictly off-road racing, and they never come this far east for a qualifier, so that’s going to be great,” Boden said.
Likewise, two of the stars of CMT’s new series “Guntucky” will be around to sign autographs and take photos. And two new trucks, Heavy Hitter and River Rat, will join the monster truck line-up, which includes Bigfoot, Star Marshal, Lucas Oil Stabilizer, The General and Chalkboard Chuck.
“Every day will be exciting, with a lot to watch,” Boden said.