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The Allure of Monster Truck Rallies

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Monster Truck rallies have been around for three decades. While the first Monster Trucks were built during the 1970s, they were not regularly used in racing until the mid-1980s when The Battle of The Monster Trucks was created as a platform for trucks to race competitively. In 1987, the United States Hot Rod Association sanctioned the first series of competitions where Monster Trucks were allowed to compete head-to-head.

During the sport’s peak in the 1990s and early 2000s, freestyle Monster Truck shows overtook formal racing competitions, and the sport expanded to entertain families in Europe and the rest of North America.

The allure of Monster Truck rallies has affected millions of fans in countries across the world. Many fans have been following the sport since they were kids and have passed the tradition down to their children. One of the biggest reasons why Monster Truck rallies were so popular during the past few decades is the child factor; attending these rallies brings out the child in every fan.

Big, Loud and Fast

Many of these trucks, including the original BigFoot weigh as much as 15,000 pounds, are built to heights of more than eleven feet and can reach speeds of up to one-hundred miles per hour.

Trucks that are built to such specifications can do things that even the most mature adult can appreciate. They can race around dirt tracks, jump over buses, crush cars and more.

Young boys are drawn to Monster Truck rallies for the simple fact that they love to see big trucks crush little cars. Grown men and women attend the rallies to appreciate the trucks as modified pieces of art.

Both reasons were major factors in the growth of the sport in the 80s and 90s. No one had ever seen such a sport before and were drawn to the allure of these testosterone-filled events.

Excellence in Marketing

Monster Truck marketing was at its peak in the 1990s. Because the sport became so popular by word-of-mouth and promotion through various automotive companies, television networks began broadcasting major Monster Truck events to audiences across the United States. At one point during the decade, large audiences would be able to listen to these events through local radio stations.

For many sporting events, live announcers often play an important entertainment role for the fans. Monster Truck rallies began to use announcers that would create excitement during the rallies. They would announce every truck before the start of the race and up-sell the tricks that were performed throughout the night. Creating excitement among Monster Truck fans was key for word-of-mouth advertising. The sport soon became popular with families across the country.

Freestyle Competition Creation

Freestyle competitions began to emerge in the early 1990s. Freestyle allowed for trucks to show-off their driving skills during regular racing competitions. One of the more popular Monster Trucks, Grave Digger began asking for time to entertain the fans by doing tricks during the competition. Due to the growing popularity of freestyle shows, the USHRA began to hold freestyle competitions and championships in 2000. The drivers were judged based on driving skills and truck durability while performing a variety of tricks.

The allure of Monster Truck rallies begins at a young age. A unique marketing style utilized by both the drivers and the automotive companies combined with the fascination of young children makes Monster Truck rallies extremely popular among families throughout Europe and North America.

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This piece was composed by Tony Skelton, a freelancer who often writes on automobiles, the auto industry, racecar driving and other topics pertaining four-wheeled vehicles. Those who enjoyed this piece may want to consider one of the existing truck driving schools to further their interest.

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I Just Came Back From The Final Four In San Antonio, And It Was Incredible!

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2018 Final Four in San Antonio

Back in March, our friends at Buick (an official sponsor of the NCAA) invited us to take part in their March Madness Buick Bracketball Challenge, pitting me against a group of my peers as we battled it out for bragging rights… and a trip for two to the Final Four!

Talk about some high-stakes! According to the rules, whoever managed to outlast any bracket busters and secure a top spot on the leaderboard would win a trip to San Antonio for the Final Four games, complete with tickets, a hotel room, and a Buick loaner to get around town.

Game on!

The only problem? I’ve never actually participated in a March Madness bracket before, so my odds were slim to none. But I decided to give it a shot anyway, going with some of my favorite teams, and picking my beloved Villanova for the win.

Virginia’s first-round upset by UMBC was a HUGE blow to me (and pretty much everyone else), as I had them facing off against Villanova in the end. But amazingly enough, my other picks performed much better, and I was holding steady in the top 5 for much of the series.

Buick March Madness Bracket

After the Elite 8, I got an e-mail that was a total game-changer – “You’ve landed yourself a top spot in the Buick Bracketball Challenge leaderboard and will be headed, along with a guest, to San Antonio for the Final Four games next weekend on behalf of Buick!”

My jaw about hit the floor. I was going to the Final Four!

Buick was awesome, hooking us up with some incredible seats for the games (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was actually sitting in the same section as us, only MUCH closer to the court), a hotel room within walking distance of the Alamodome, and a Buick Enclave to get around town.

Guenther House

San Antonio is such a cool town, and we made the most of our time there exploring the city. The guy sitting next to us on our flight suggested that we check out The Guenther House for breakfast. The food was amazing (their waffles are like nothing you’ve ever had before), and it’s a really unique venue, an old flour mill from the 1800s.

Rally On The River

After breakfast, we made our way downtown to the Riverwalk for the Rally on the River, where the team bands took to the water for a floating Pep Rally. People’s excitement levels were off the charts, it was really something to witness. We walked the length of the Riverwalk, taking in the sights and just people watching..

The Alamo

Of course, we had to visit The Alamo (no sign of Pee-Wee’s missing bike), which was located right down the street from our hotel. As the day went on, it got pretty warm, so we decided to escape the heat and check out Fan Fest. There were tons of cool exhibits here, and Buick had a huge activation as well, complete with a basketball court, a bunch of vehicles on display, and their Fandom University.

Before long, it was time for us to make our way to the Alamodome for the first two games, and it was a memorable experience for sure. Devoted fans were out in full force rooting on their teams, and the action on the court was intense. Michigan put an end to Loyola’s Cinderella story, and Villanova was on fire, making short work of Kansas with 3-pointer after 3-pointer.

Monday night’s game was one for the record books, with Villanova decimating Michigan and taking home the win with a score of 79-62. ‘Nova was on fire all night, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this amazing weekend.

Buick line-up at the Final Four

Thanks again to Buick for an incredible experience, it’s one I won’t soon forget!

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Harry Kane Achieves The Century

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Harry Kane is comfortably one of the best strikers in world football right now. He has started this season in the rich vein of form that he finished the last, and so far the 24 year old has hit 31 goals in 32 games in all competitions. It’s set to be another hugely impressive campaign for the 24 year old Spurs striker, as Kane prepares to feature for England at the World Cup in Russia in the summer; and it’s also very likely that he will skipper the Three Lions too.

You could say that this has been a year to remember for Kane for a lot of reasons. It wasn’t so long ago that we were talking about his surpassing Alan Shearer’s record for scoring the most Premier League goals in a calendar year (36) when he took his tally in 2017 to 39, after a superb hat trick against Southampton in a 5-2 victory for Spurs. Kane had another target in mind, the Premier League 100 club.

Kane headed into the game at Anfield knowing that he only needed one goal to reach the landmark of 100 Premier League goals. While Spurs had beaten Manchester United last time out, Kane drew a blank in front of goal, but he wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity again, or was he? Spurs were actually behind in the game through Kane’s main rival for the Premier League golden boot, Mohamed Salah, before Victor Wanyama got them back on level terms with a powerful effort from distance. In the 87th minute, Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was adjudged to have fouled Kane, with Spurs awarded a penalty as a result.

This was the moment, it was Kane to take the spot kick to score his 100th Premier League goal but he remarkably missed it, with Karius saving it. Salah then added a second for Liverpool just a few minutes later, and it looked like Kane’s day would be put on hold once again, before Spurs were awarded another penalty. The Spurs striker made no mistake this time, equalizing for Tottenham to make it 2-2 and scoring his 100th Premier League goal in the process. He managed to hit 100 in just 136 games, with only Alan Shearer completing the feat quicker (124).

Kane recently overtook Teddy Sheringham to become the all-time leading Premier League goal scorer for Spurs and he’s the only likely candidate to break Alan Shearer’s all time Premier League goals record too. He currently stands at 24th on the list with 100 alongside Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and has 160 more goals to score to equal Shearer’s record that has looked unbeatable at times. Anyone who has the feeling that Kane can go on to squash a few more records, should have a look at the betting.com online betting news site, to ensure you get the best odds and bonuses on offer.

The best chance of someone equaling it and then surpassing it rests with Harry Kane. He’s the right age at 24 and still has plenty of time to do so. He’s scoring goals for fun and you could even say that he hasn’t even hit his peak yet. If he continues as he is now, he will undoubtedly become the all-time leading Premier League goal scorer within the next few seasons.

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The Grand National: The Race That Stops A Nation

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Bangor on Dee horse racing” by Paul (CC BY-SA 2.0)

There are many big horse racing meetings and races in the UK, but one race stands above all the others as the race where everyone places a bet, and everyone stops to watch it. That race is the Grand National, an event that takes place in April (the 2018 edition of this fantastic contest will take place on April 14th) so mark that day in your calendar as one to remember.

The build up to this unique test for horses is huge, and there are many trial races where horses will battle it out against each other to prove they are worthy of taking their place in the 40 strong field that will head to post on the day of the race. What makes the Grand National unique is the challenge of both the distance and the fences that require jumping.

The fences that the horses jump are extremely unique, and they require a special horse to just get around the course safely, let alone win the race. Then, there is the test of the distance, which is four miles, two and a half furlongs, a huge test of stamina and one that certainly favors the bravest horses and jockeys out there.


2011 Grand National winner Ballabriggs” by Carine06 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Betting on the Grand National is huge, and many people will place their bets either on the day of the race or well in advance. People who only bet once a year will turn out in force to head to their local bookmaker and place their bets, before sitting together as a family to watch the fantastic spectacle live on TV. Oddschecker has many free bet offers for the Grand National available already and many people will have already placed their bets on the race, such is the importance of the event.

The favorite for the race right now is Blaklion, a horse who finished 4th in last season’s race. That experience will have done him well, and he has proven that he has the ability and heart to jump around these fences not only once, but twice before. That puts him in pole position and he looks to have a great chance of running well in the race.

Last year’s winner, One For Arthur, will unfortunately not try to repeat his heroics of last season as he has been ruled out of the race due to injury, leaving the door open for a new champion.

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