Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Monster Jam | posted May 27, 2015 15:31
See the drivers in action this June 20 to 21
Monster Jam will be holding the Manila leg of their world tour in the Mall of Asia Arena On June 20 to 21, 2015 and audiences will get the chance to see the trucks in action which includes Grave Digger and Max-D. The trucks may grab the limelight on the screen but there wouldn't be action if it wasn't for the drivers. It's time to get to know the men behind the machines.
The man in control of the Grave Digger and has always been a strong competitor in the games. The duo of Zimmer and Grave Digger has produced four Monster Jam World Finals championships and a huge following in the Monster Jam circles. Arlington native has been competing since 2005 and has quickly emerged as one of the fastest qualifiers of the sport.
Neil Elliot in the man in charge of Max-D. With Max-D, Elliot has won a total of 11 World Finals championships, and is most remembered for the double back-flip that etched it into Monster Jam history. He also bagged several awards under his belt, such as “Rookie of the Year” in 2000, "Crash Madness" in 2008, “Big Air” in 2012, "Freestyle of the Year" and "Wheelie of the Year" in 2013 and "Save of the Year" in 2014.
For the Manila leg, Bari Musawwir will pilot Zombie, another fan favorite. A relative newcomer to the sport, Musawwir's background hails from remote control monster trucks but was discovered by Monster Jam for his performances in the R/C scene. He debuted in 2010 and bested the rookies of Monster Jam when he won the Young Guns Shootout in 2012.
Dragon, with its spikes, long horns curling back atop its skull, is driven by Scott Liddycoat. Liddycoat is also new to the Monster Jam scene but has been around motorsports for over 20 years. He has been racing Inboard and Unlimited Hydroplanes for the past 22 years and has bagged numerous awards. He has now traded hydroplanes for monster trucks to join Monster Jam.
Ryan Anderson drives Son-Uva Digger, the truck created to extend Grave Digger's legacy in the sport. Like its forebare, Anderson drives a 1950's Willy's bodied truck and the combination of Anderson and Son-Uva Digger has won numerous freestyle events. Anderson had also won several major events in his rookie year. Ryan Anderson comes from a family with racing in their blood. His father Dennis Anderson is a legend in Monster Jam while his brother, Adam, has his fair share of accolades in monster truck racing. Ryan continues the Anderson tradition with Son-Uva Digger.
Proving that Monster Jam isn't all about testosterone, Cynthia Gauthier will be driving El Toro Loco. She is also the lone woman competing in Monster Jam and has a background around cars. Gautheir's father was a mechanic and became a consistent influence to her as she learned everything about an engine. Gauthier temporarily put her accounting degree on the side to compete in motor sport, from dirt-bike racing to off road buggies. She has also gone from spectator, to team member all the way to driving the monster truck itself.
These are the six drivers audiences will see in action with their monster trucks starting June 20. The drivers promise a show filled with high speeds, metal-crunching action and death-defying stunts.
Below are the ticket prices for Monster Jam Manila 2015
VIP Front Row PhP 4,000.00
Lower Box – VIP PhP 3,600.00
Lower Box – Regular PhP 3,200.00
Upper Box – Center PhP 2,200.00
Upper Box – Regular PhP 1,800.00
Gen. Admission – Center PhP 1,200.00
Gen. Admission – Regular PhP 850.00
Tickets are available at any SM Tickets outlet. You can also call SM Tickets (02) 470 2222 or visit www.smtickets.com.
For more information about Monster Jam show in Manila, visit www.monsterjam.com.ph