By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie

THRILL-SEEKING drivers free-style and race their incredible monster trucks at the Monster Jam World Tour

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The Monster Jam World Tour has a substantial following around the world

Regularly attracting crowds of 50,000 people, the touring Monster Jam show features the biggest and best monster trucks on earth racing around dirt tracks and showing off their free-styling stunts.

In July this year, journalist and broadcaster Andy Jones visited the Rotterdam show to watch the racing action unfold and catch up with some of the bravest drivers including Dennis Anderson, commonly referred to as the godfather of monster trucks.

The event regularly attracts crowds of up to 50,000 people

Dennis is the driver and creator of the Grave Digger truck – a vehicle originally built out of an old 1957 Chevy Panel Wagon and parts that he scrounged from a junkyard.

He said: “We’ve got a 1500 horsepower motor.

The Grave Digger truck featured at the Rotterdam show in July this year

“These things can jump 25-30 feet in the air, hit the ground and keep on running.

“It started out with a pile of junk and honestly I just took a bunch of old army truck pieces and parts and started welding things together.”

Cynthia Gauthier is a regular driver on the tour with her Monster Mutt Dalmatian truck

The Grave Digger is a renowned four-times World Championship Monster Jam winner with a 540Cl merlin engine.

Dennis and the other professional drivers often race the hefty vehicles at 80-100mph and travel the world performing in locations including Europe, Australia, Mexico and Costa Rica.

The vehicles can often get damaged with drivers reaching speeds of 80-100mph

These high speeds can of course lead to the trucks being damaged, some of which cost around £280,000 to make, as well as the drivers picking up serious injuries.

Dennis said: “I’ve broke my shoulder, I’ve broke my collar bone, I’ve broke my ribs several times, I’ve broke my knee, I’ve broke my leg, I’ve broke my foot, I’ve broke my arm, I’ve broke my hand and I’ve broke my nose.

The Team Hot Wheels Firestorm vehicle weighs a colossal 10,000lbs

“All you need to do is just remember you can’t see right in front of you – always look ahead.

“And when in doubt – throttle out!"

The creator of the Grave Digger truck, Dennis Anderson, advises drivers to always look ahead

The Team Hot Wheels Firestorm vehicle also featured at the event – a 10,000lbs, 17foot long, 11foot high bulging monster truck.

And racing driver Cynthia Gauthier certainly caught the eye with the Monster Mutt Dalmatian – a colossal truck resembling a dog.

The Monster Mutt Dalmatian truck resembles a dog with flopping ears, a wagging tail and a long tongue

Cynthia explained: “Well I’m in the air, I got my ears flopping around and I got the tail that wags and my tongue that moves so the kids get to see it.

“They’re fast, they’re heavy, and they’re really fun. You never know what’s going to happen – it’s really exciting.” 

You can find more information on the Monster Jam tour here: https://www.facebook.com/MonsterJam/