“Sunday! SUNDAY! Sunday!”
Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? No? It’s the catchphrase from the legendary drag racing and Monster Jam TV commercials. They were, and maybe still are, played during weekend cartoons.
You can't just mumble those words either. Show some respect. Say them three times (to properly get the echo effect) and with authority. A deep voice wouldn't hurt.
If you’re like me, you also say, “Sunday! SUNDAY! Sunday!” (exactly as I’ve described above) every time someone mentions the word Sunday, related to monster trucks or not. Most of the time I manage to say it only in my head, but not always. I have been known to cut off people in mid-conversation:
“Hey Judy, for Easter Sunday, do you want to...
“Sunday! SUNDAY! Sunday!
It’s uncontrollable. Like it or not, it’s embedded in my brain for all eternity.
After hearing these commercials my entire life, I jumped at the opportunity to take my daughter to the floor of the Oakland Coliseum and meet two monster truck drivers and check out their gargantuan rigs, up-close and personal.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, since both men are pretty much rock stars in their world. Thankfully, both were easy-going, down-to-earth guys who seem to be having the time of their lives.
And why shouldn’t they? Their job is to drive these beasts 80 miles an hour and jump them 40 feet in the air and as far as 200 feet in distance. This all happens in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans, night after night!
To this, my head says, "Those damn adrenaline junkies."
The rest of me thinks, "That looks like SO MUCH FUN!"
Both drivers were being interviewed by local news outlets, but they took the time to ask my daughter if she had any questions. She had just one. What was their favorite trick?
Chuck Werner from El Toro Loco said his was the cyclone. Which made my stomach ache just thinking about it. Neil Elliott from Maximum Destruction said his was a good save. When I asked him to explain, he said "a good save" was doing a trick, any trick, but just before he feels like he’s going to lose control and flip, he pulls it together and saves it. He says it’s exhilarating.
He added that it’s fun when he flips over, too.
“The crowd likes to see us flip. So we flip and they go nuts! Complete mayhem!” Elliott laughs. “It’s great!”