From outside the fairgrounds, the sound of hundreds of horsepower units emanating from the Xfinity Grandstand was the call to hundreds of monster truck fans to come watch the behemoths blaze through the track.
Huge, loud and designed to be unique, the monster trucks seemed as if someone took the “Bigger is better” mantra too far – but to an exciting degree.
One was modeled after an ice cream truck, another after an all-terrain vehicle, and one after a dump truck, like a steroidal Matchbox car set.
There was a wait for the over-and-under show, where one truck was supposed to drive off a ramp as another truck went under it.
“YMCA” played to appease the crowd as viewers performed the iconic dance moves while they waited for the over-and-under show that never came. The ramp meant for the over-and-under show was ultimately unusable.
Operators chose to replace it with drag racing, but instead of asphalt, it was a proving ground for high air, with two ramps.
The relative silence was broken when Hurricane Force and the ice cream truck aptly named Ice Cream Man roared onto the fields and lined up, ready to race. Hurricane Force hails from Hagerstown, Maryland, its driver Steve Thompson, a Maryland native, manning the monstrosity.
Thompson’s strategy to win was elementary in the art of motorsports, a primitive method used since the beginning of automotive time: Go very fast.
“It’s definitely going to take some acceleration and commitment,” said Thompson to the announcer.
There was another highlight of the show: the return of Car Killer. The name says all anyone needs to know about this machine. What seems like the lovechild between a M1 Abrams tank and a Chevy pickup has the treads of a tank and the top of a pickup. It winded up before it smashed through a camper, to the applause of the crowd.
“What the hell is that?” exclaimed a kid in the stands.