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Monster Trucks Coming to Fort Wayne

Skully the monster truck prepares to do some tricks.

Photo credit: TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour

Skully the monster truck prepares to do some tricks.
Written by: Communicator StaffFebruary 28, 2017

Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour is wheeling into the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on March 17 and 18.

“The fans of Fort Wayne have shown to love this show and come out every year,” said Tony Maderazzo, the chief operating officer of Traxxas Monster Truck Destination Tour.

Traxxas puts on around 60 events each year across the world and has been coming to Fort Wayne for the past 10 years.

They used to only perform a single day but have expanded to two shows, which they sellout, Maderazzo said .

Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are anticipated to last between two and three hours.

The tour will be held in the Coliseum Expo Centers I, II and III.

For $10 more than admission, guests can purchase a Pit Party Pass that grants access to a pre-show party with drivers.

During the Pit Party and Intermission, guests will also be given the chance to ride on a real-life monster truck.

Also before the show, early arrivers will have the opportunity to meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos with the drivers and their trucks.

There will be individual monster truck drivers from all across the country, Maderazzo said.

“Crushing the competition head on,” “Crazy in the cranium” and “Taking it to the maxx!” are just some of the phrases that can be found on the Monster Truck Destruction Tour’s website.

Some of the monster trucks in the lineup include Skully, Craniac, X-Maxx, Tuff Guy and Heavy Medal.

There a three main monster truck events: a wheelie contest, racing event and freestyle contest.

In between events, other features include a freestyle motocross event and lawn mower racing.

“Locals are encouraged to bring out lawnmowers, race and be a part of the show,” Maderazzo said.

Motocross stunts will include roof scrapping cliffhangers, double grabs, superman seat grabs and course backflips.

While the event is open to all ages, it is not recommended for ages 2 and under due to loud noises and exhaust fumes.

However, one young child, Katianna Lindley’s son Desmond, was gifted tickets for his fourth birthday and is going to the event.

“He is so excited,” Lindley said. “He’s going to flip.”

Desmond’s mother said her son loves to play with toy monster trucks and is looking forward to seeing them do tricks.

He thinks they are the coolest thing ever (next to superheroes), she said.

“The best part of the show is it’s nonstop action,” Maderazzo said. “From the moment the show starts, there is constant entertainment.”

He said the tour prides itself on this fact, and it’s the action that sets the Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour apart from other shows.

Ticket prices range from $18 to $40 depending on seat location and can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com/