I definitely look forward to the Trucks Gone Wild Cowboys Monster's Eve and Bithlo Tri-Truck Challenge every January. First, it's TGW. Second, it's Florida and warm weather in the middle of winter for us N.C. boys. Third, there are chicks and sick trucks, and fourth, Monster Jam at the Citrus Bowl Saturday is always legit. heck, a bunch of the Monster Jam drivers come out and party with us Friday night at Cowboys Saloon. -Ricky B Wilson
Trucks Gone Wild brings you this three-part event weekend every year, and it's always worth making the trip. It starts Friday night and doesn't stop all the way through Sunday. Friday night begins at Cowboys Saloon in Orlando with a crazy night of partying and truck grudge pulling that the TGW crew calls Monster's Eve. The reason is that it's literally the eve of the Monster Jam's tour stop at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, which goes on Saturday night. Then the finish is Sunday at Bithlo for the Tri-Truck Challenge.
While Monster Jam is of course a separate entity from Trucks Gone Wild, it flows extremely well with events during the rest of the weekend. As a matter of fact, on Friday night at Cowboys Saloon Orlando, typically several Monster Jam drivers will come party and hang out with everyone else. This time was no exception. Joey Sylvester of Bad Habit, Ryan Anderson of Sun Uva Digger, and the crew chief for Maximum Destruction were all there. The truck pulls are always crazy, with everything from diesels to gas trucks, mega trucks on V-treads, trucks on drag slicks, other crazy builds, and absolutely no lack of spinning tires and burnt rubber.
Saturday at the Citrus Bowl tailgating is a huge deal. The number of people who come out all day to tailgate and party is similar to what you would find at a college football playoff game-the only difference is there are huge trucks everywhere. Almost everyone you saw at Cowboys the night before attends, and the Monster Jam drivers really put on a show to impress the crowd knowing that it's TGW home turf. Walking through the crowd in the always-sold-out, 60,000-capacity stadium you couldn't pass a group of people without seeing someone wearing TGW apparel.
When Sunday rolls around there is no break in the action. At Bithlo the Tri-Truck Challenge begins and draws some of the biggest names in mega truck racing. Trucks such as Opielicious, No Sweat, Steamboat, Team 8 Up Racing, Iron Hide, High N Tite, and Black Widow attended. Even Clifford Wright came down from Georgia with his Heavy Chevy, a 5-ton-based mega truck. The Tri-Truck Challenge was also a Yukon Gear and Axle National Throttle King Qualifier. The winning team, Kaos Game, consisted of Tim Lites, John Pona, and Ken Wing Jr., who all qualified for the Yukon Throttle King series.