Monster trucks, with their huge tyres and customised bodywork, have been an enduring part of motorsport for decades. But are these machines real monsters? Is there a real monster truck?
The answer is both yes and no. On one hand, the term ‘monster truck’ is often used to describe any large all-terrain vehicle that has been modified to look more intimidating and powerful.
This can include 4x4s, pick-ups, SUVs and even full-size pickups. These vehicles are often given an aggressive paint job and custom decals to make them stand out from the crowd. They also usually feature oversized tyres, a raised suspension and a powerful engine for extra power on off-road tracks.
On the other hand, there is a specific type of vehicle that is officially recognised as a ‘monster truck’. This type of vehicle typically consists of a modified frame or chassis that has been designed to handle the weight and stress of larger tyres and suspension components. These vehicles usually feature very large engines – up to 10 litres in capacity – in order to generate enough power to propel these giant beasts over obstacles such as cars and fallen trees.
The majority of monster trucks are built from scratch by teams of dedicated enthusiasts who spend hours constructing their creations piece by piece in their garages or sheds. As such, there is no single ‘real monster truck’ – each one is unique and crafted with passion by its owner.
Ultimately then, the answer to whether there is a real monster truck depends on what you consider the definition of a monster truck to be. If you take it as any large all-terrain vehicle that has been modified for extra power, then yes – there are plenty of ‘real’ monster trucks out there. However if you take it more literally as being an official type of large off-road vehicle with huge engines then there isn’t really one ‘real’ monster truck as such – each one is unique and crafted with passion by its owner.