Are you getting ready for Monster Jam at the Tacoma Dome?
We are so excited for this show, and I had a great time talking with two drivers from Gig Harbor. If you have a Monster Jam fan, be sure to read this post together. We’re going to be cheering for both of the Groth brothers!
Twins Tyler and Travis Groth are from Gig Harbor (They went to GHHS-you know I checked!) . You may know them from Double Trouble or Trouble Maker. For this series, Tyler is driving for Team Zombie, and Travis is driving the NEA truck. The brothers grew up going to Monster Jam shows, and now they spend 35 weekends a year entertaining fans around the country. Tyler says they truly feel like they have everyone’s dream job.
I caught up with them while they were somewhere in Wyoming, and Tyler told me all about this show, which promises to be the most exciting one yet!
Read on for his inside tips on what to look for at this weekend’s show, plus answers to questions submitted from some of you and your kids! Note that I’ve edited these for clarity.
What is most exciting about this show?
All the drivers have been the same for each show in this series. We’re really pushing each other to make every performance our best. We all want to win!
What is the best part about what you do?
Definitely performing for the fans, especially meeting kids and seeing how excited they are.
What would fans be surprised to learn goes on behind the scenes.
I think people would be surprised to know how many people it takes-easily more than 50-to put together everything that goes into a show. This year for the first time we also spent two weeks together rehearsing, watching videos, and critiquing and perfecting our performances.
Some of our readers’ kids have some questions for you. First up: Do you sleep and eat in your monster truck?
No, we never have, but that would be fun.
How old do you have to be to drive a monster truck.
18. Actually, the driver of Blue Thunder is just 18!
Is it scary when your monster truck falls over?
No. We have lots of safety equipment, like seat belts and fire proof suits. We know seeing the trucks fall is an exciting part for fans, and we’re safe the whole time.
How do you learn to drive a monster truck?
Now, there is something called Monster Jam University, but when we learned it was all on the go. There is nothing that feels like driving a monster truck, although the video games do a pretty good job of simulating the course.
Since we’re a local site, and you’re from Gig Harbor, I have to ask you what you about your favorite local places and things.
We love all the local sports teams-Seahawks, Huskies, Mariners. We go to a lot of games at Safeco Field. We’d also love to give a shout out to Honest Performance. They’re a local company in Federal Way, and they do our race engine and transmission.
You can get more information about Monster Jam here. You can get tickets to the upcoming show at the Tacoma Dome here at Ticketmaster. If you’ve never been to this show at the Tacoma Dome, be sure to read my review here. It’s from last year, but it has lots of great info on parking and other must-know-before-you-go tips!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We are provided with media tickets to the show for review purposes. My older son was a Gravedigger super fan when he was little.