Monster Jam Trivia

By: Ian Fortey

Monster Jam Trivia
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About This Quiz

Monster Jam was the natural evolution of the fascination American fans have had with monster trucks since the 1970s. As racing subculture had given rise to heavily modified rally cars or funny cars, a certain segment of people started doing the same thing with trucks. Events like truck pulls and mud bogging were attracting crowds and truck owners started lifting their trucks to make them better able to compete. Just like some car drivers will see who can make the lowest low-rider, truck drivers started competing to see who was making the biggest truck out there and suddenly the monster truck competition was born. 

Bigfoot became what many recognize as the first monster truck back in 1979 alongside others like King Kong, USA-1 and Bear Foot. By 1981, Bigfoot was driving over cars to crush them for the first time ever and by 1982 Bigfoot was performing the stunt in front of fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. That was when monster trucks truly entered the public eye, and by 1992 Monster Jam had formed, a fully realized league in which many trucks could compete all across the country and, eventually, the world. If you've been a fan since Bigfoot, or just since last month, it's time to find out how much you know about Monster Jam. Take the quiz and see!

Max-D Monster Truck Do you know which of these has not been a theme for a Monster Jam truck?
Wonder Woman
The Lion King
Monster Jam has worked with Warner Brothers on a number of truck designs that have included Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and even Scooby Doo. So far there's been no Disney partnership, and that means there's been no Lion King.
Scooby Doo
Batman

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Soldier's Fortune What's unique about the driver's seat in a Monster Jam truck?
It can eject.
It's in the center of the truck.
Monster Jam truck seats are generally center-mounted, which is actually something you'll find in super cars now and then as well. It allows the driver an increased range of vision so they can see what's coming at them from the sides better as well as a more clear view of the front.
It can rotate 360 degrees.
It's filled with gel.

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Monster Jam rough land What keeps a driver in place during a run?
A 5-point racing harness
Just like a race car driver, a Monster Jam truck driver is strapped in with a five-point racing harness to ensure maximum safety behind the wheel. The five-point harness is actually the same principle behind child safety seats in cars as well.
Two seatbelts
A chest-rig
A guard rail

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Monster Jam encore Which of these is a safety precaution taken by Monster Jam?
Cages for fans
Radio operators with kill switches
At any given Monster Jam show, there are radio operators positioned in the crowd at various points surrounding the arena to offer them a full view of events. Each operator has the ability to kill a truck's engine in the rare event of a serious emergency.
360-degree airbags
Non-flammable fuel

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Monster trucks Monster Jam shocks are serious business. What gas is in them?
Nitrogen
Any serious off-roading vehicle can make use of nitrogen shocks and Monster Jam trucks definitely need them. Shocks generate heat when they're working so you need a gas like nitrogen to help keep them cool under the stress a monster truck puts them through. Some trucks have two per tire.
Argon
Xenon
Hydrogen

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Monster Truck 90 degree Monster Jam trucks can be made to fit almost any theme. What are the bodies made from?
Fiberglass
The bodies of Monster Jam trucks are generally made of fiberglass, and they can get pretty exotic. The Megalodon truck features a massive shark-shaped body and Wolf's Head looks like a giant werewolf's head come to life.
Carbon fiber
Aluminum
Polymer

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Monster Jam tires What does it mean to cut the tires on a monster truck?
Change them quickly
Shave the tread
You'd use the term cut tires to describe tires that have had their treads shaved down. Why would you do that? To increase traction and also reduce the overall weight. It can take up to 50 hours per tire to do this because it needs to be done by hand.
Use smaller tires
Use smaller tires in the front

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Monster Jam jump In which country did Monster Jam hold events for the first time in 2017?
Saudi Arabia
China
Argentina
All of the above
Monster Jam is becoming a truly international phenomenon after spending its formative years as a uniquely American event. In 2017. it held events in Saudi Arabia, China and Argentina for the first time. Other events have taken place in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Philippines and more.

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Monster Jam Sky Wheelie What does it mean to do a stoppie?
When the truck dips its nose and stands on its front tires with the rear ones up in the air.
When the truck's rear tires go up, the nose dips down and it's on its front tires alone, it's called a stoppie. If the driver puts it in reverse at this point it can then moonwalk, which is driving in reverse on the front tires only.
When the truck spins itself out
Stopping the truck immediately after a jump to do it again in reverse
Stopping the truck on a specific target

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Grave Digger monster truck Grave Digger is one of Monster Jam's most famous trucks. How long has it been around?
Since 1982
Grave Digger dates all the way back to 1982. It was originally made out of a red 1957 Ford pickup truck. Nowadays there are actually nine different Grave Diggers in operation to ensure that fans all over the world get a chance to see it.
Since 1988
Since 1992
Since 2000

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Monster Jam Sky Wheelie Do you know what a sky wheelie is?
When the truck gets to a straight 90-degree angle
A sky wheelie is what happens when a truck manages to do a wheelie on its rear wheels that gets to a perfectly straight 90-degree angle with the front tires up in the air. The risk of this is, of course, the truck could keep going and flip backward.
When a truck flips over
When a truck goes into a wheelie off a jump
When a truck does a wheelie on its front tires

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Brodozer Most Monster Jam competitions involve two parts. What are they?
Racing and stunt driving
Rally and freestyle
Freestyle and endurance
Racing and freestyle
Trucks at a Monster Jam competition compete on two fronts. First will be racing head to head where the winner is pretty obvious. Second is freestyle, in which drivers are free to do stunts, tricks and generally show off where judges determine the overall winner.

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Scooby Doo Monster Truck Who won both the Showdown and Freestyle competitions at the 2019 World Finals?
Max-D
Scooby Doo
For a dog that solves mysteries, Scooby Doo is a dominant force in Monster Jam, taking the showdown competition in 2019 as well as freestyle. Scooby Doo was also entered in the racing competition but broke down in the first round.
Bounty Hunter
Kraken

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Monster Truck What is the average horsepower of a Monster Jam engine?
500
1000
1500
A monster truck engine draws an insane 1500 horsepower. Compare that to something like the 2020 Ford Mustang which is rated at 310 horsepower or even the F150 truck which has 450 horsepower making it the highest available for passenger trucks on the road.
2000

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Monster Jam fish truck On average, what's the dollar value of the damage to a truck at any given show?
$1,000
$5,000
$10,000
At every show a truck is going to be torn apart to the tune of about $10,000. That damage all needs to be repaired within a few days, as there will be another show right around the corner. This is part of the reason why some of the more popular trucks actually have different versions.
$15,000

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Monster Truck flames Do you know the average weight of a monster truck?
7,000 pounds
8,000 pounds
9,000 pounds
10,000 pounds
They don't call these trucks monsters for no reason. A monster truck has to weigh 10,000 pounds to compete and some will weigh up to about 12,000 pounds or around 6 tons. That's about the same weight as your average full-grown African bull elephant.

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Monster truck ready to go How tall are monster truck tires?
55 inches
60 inches
66 inches
Your average monster truck tire has a 66-inch diameter and is also 43 inches wide. That makes them 5 and a half feet tall, which makes them taller than the average adult from Japan where men average 5'2" and women average 4'9".
72 inches

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Monster Jam race A Monster Jam engine burns through a lot of methanol. How much fuel does it take to go on an 87-yard run?
1 gallon
2.1 gallons
2.6 gallons
It takes about 10 liters or 2.6 gallons of methanol to do a single run in a monster truck, which is 80 meters or 87 yards. Basically, from one side of a stadium to the other. These are definitely not built for long haul driving.
3.1 gallons

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Goldberg monster truck The first Monster Jam World Finals took place in the year 2000. Which truck won?
Goldberg
Goldberg was the truck that took it all at the very first World Championships. In the final round, Goldberg beat Gunslinger to claim the title. This was after it defeated Wrenchhead.com, Predator, and WCW: Nitro Machine in earlier rounds.
Gravedigger
Avenger
Cyborg

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Monster Jam jump Who judges Monster Jam competitions?
Former drivers
Fans
Monster Jam actually allows fans to judge the competitions. Fans are able to log into a website on their mobile devices during competitions and they have a 20-second window to log their scores for the performances they've watched. The highest-rated truck wins.
Current drivers
Monster Jam executives

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Grave Digger tires If you were in the market for a single new tire for your monster truck, what would you have to shell out?
$1,400
$2,000
$2,500
A single monster truck tire costs $2,500. Most tires on Monster Jam trucks are made by a company called BKT tires that, aside from monster trucks, also provides tires for heavy duty industrial and agricultural vehicles.
$3,100

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Monster Jam big truck How much is a Monster Jam engine?
$25,000
$50,000
Obviously, a monster truck is not running on the same engine as a Prius. These engines are custom-built, supercharged, methanol-injected monsters that will cost around $50,000 apiece. If that doesn't seem like enough, don't worry, they go through about 5 of them a year.
$75,000
$100,000

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Monster truck in air What's the average cost of a monster truck?
$170,000
$250,000
Monster trucks come with monster price tags. Obviously there's no one set price, and some trucks with exceptionally detailed designs are going to cost more but, on average, you're looking at around $250,000 if you want your own.
$300,000
$500,000

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Monster Jam crowded stadium Obviously Monster Jam has a lot of fans but do you know how many attend events annually?
Over 1 million
Over 3 million
Over 4 million
In any given year, over 4 million fans will turn out for Monster Jam events. These take place on 6 continents and dozens of countries around the world, but most of them take place in the United States and Canada.
Over 7 million

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Monster Jam crushed cars How many cars get crushed by Monster Jam every year, more or less?
1500
2000
2500
3000
Average, everyday cars usually fall victim to Monster Jam trucks, but you'll also see buses and ambulances and all kinds of other vehicles being destroyed under those massive tires. Around 3,000 cars per year will be run over.

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Monster Jam drivers In 2019, how many of Monster Jam's 83 drivers are women?
1
9
13
There are 13 women currently driving for Monster Jam out of the sport's 83-driver roster. Krysten Anderson is one of the drivers of Grave Digger, and for her, it's a family business as the truck was made by her father Dennis Anderson.
20

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Monster Truck fly Do you know how far a monster truck can fly off a jump?
Over 50 feet
Over 80 feet
Over 100 feet
Over 125 feet
When at their best, a Monster Jam truck can fly like a bird for a stunning 125 to 130 feet. At that distance, they can sail clear over 14 parked cars and they do so at a height of about 35 feet up in the air.

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Monster Jam fire How many fire extinguishers are on board a Monster Jam truck?
One
Two
Three
Typically, a truck is outfitted with three fire extinguishers. One will be accessible from the cockpit while the other two will be mounted inside, directed at the engine and able to be activated remotely by switches in case anything goes wrong.
None

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Monster Jam jump What percentage of Monster Jam fans are female?
25
35
50
According to Monster Jam, its fan base is an even split 50/50 between men and women. This is thanks, in part, to the fact there are a number of women who drive Monster Jam trucks head to head against male drivers in competition.
No one knows.

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Monster Jam gravewalker These trucks are big but they're also fast. How fast can they go?
75 mph
85 mph
100 mph
Back in 2014, the truck Raminator managed a stunning world record by hitting just a smidge shy of 100 mph. That's not fast for a super car, but for a truck that weighs 6 tons that's absolutely amazing.
130 mph

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Monster Jam Start In what year did Monster Jam get its start?
1980
1988
1992
Although monster truck racing, rallies, and assorted events have been around for decades now, Monster Jam itself dates back to 1992. The organization is run by the United States Hot Rod Association and stages events mostly in the US and Canada with the odd international event now and then.
1995

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Grave Digger There are numerous Grave Diggers in operation. How long goes it take to build one?
24 hours
60 hours
About 60 man-hours go into making a single Grave Digger truck. That same truck can then be utterly destroyed in a matter of minutes when it's out on the track flying through the air and doing tricks that tear it to pieces.
120 hours
175 hours

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Soldier's Fortune Which of these is not a Monster Jam truck?
Ice Cream Man
Bigfoot
Bigfoot was arguably the most famous monster truck in the world back in the day but it is not a Monster Jam truck. For a time Bigfoot ran with Monster Jam events, but in 1998 a dispute over licensing cause them to part ways and the truck has not returned since.
Monster Mutt
Black Pearl

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Monster Jam track How long can it take to make a Monster Jam track?
10 hours
15 hours
20 hours
Monster Jam events take place in arenas not meant for Monster Jam events. Often, these are stadiums where hockey and football are usually played. A crew of at least 8 will take upward of 20 hours to create the track out of truckloads of dirt for the trucks so that it won't damage the arena.
30 hours

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Monster Truck fly While the trucks can fly high, they hit the ground hard. How much force do they exert when they land?
150,000 pounds
170,000 pounds
200,000 pounds
240,000 pounds
They say the bigger they are the harder they fall, and that goes double for these trucks. Under the right conditions, when a Monster Jam truck hits the ground it's doing so with a whopping 240,000 pounds of force.

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