Jammin’ out at Monster Jam Portland – Photo rich

Grave DiggerLast night we were able to head to the Rose Garden and check out the Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam show.

I’ve never been to a monster truck show and although I’ve seen commercials, I didn’t quite know what to expect.

After experiencing the event first hand I can say that the people who attend these events know how to have a good time!

Not only that, but it was so awesome to see a ton of dads there with their sons. For instance, sitting in front of us were 3 dads who all brought their young sons, ages 3-5, to enjoy the show. It was so great to see them dote on their boys. I mean here were 3 burly, manly men and they were there just for their boys. One of the dads even went and bought all three boys Grave Digger hats.

By far, what impressed me the most was the effort to get girls in to the action. Our show featured the Tasmanian Devil which is driven by Taryn Laskey. Taryn started out as a sprint car driver, but that isn’t all she does. She has a degree in psychology and has said that if she wasn’t driving in Monster Jam she would probably be in medical school. Even at that, she will be attending nursing school in addition to her driving duties. She definitely is a great role model for girls and I love that at the end of her freestyle she got out of her truck and gave a special pink bow to a young girl in the audience.

Anyway, I took so many photos from the show, way too many to share in this post, so I’ll just leave you with some of my favorites. If you would like to see the rest check them out on Flickr.

Before that though, definitely head to monsterjam.com/events and see when the show is coming to an arena near you!

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Waiting for the show to start.

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Tasmanian Devil doing donuts during freestyle

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Ear plugs/muffs are a must!

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Grave Digger mid flight.

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Titan debut, won all 3 events!

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Titan ran so hard, ended in a blaze of glory.

Disclosure: Tickets to the event were courtesy of Feld Entertainment.


  1. Jenna Wood says:

    Love it! Looks like so much fun!

    • Im one of the RC Baja drivers that has been doing this show for the last 4 yrs.I enjoy spending two days with this terrific group of people who do these shows.Spectators have no idea what it takes to put on a show like this,Randy did a great job puting it all together and making it safe for all to enjoy.I have attended the finals in vegas in 2008,this is one show you all must attend at least once!!!! To describe it would not do it justice,you just have to be there!!!

    • Don,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. I can only imagine what goes on behind the scenes to make this show the success it is. As I said, this is my first time attending a Monster Jam and I can see why it has such the following that it does. Not only is it thrilling but the drivers are do darn personable. I wanted to run down and give Taryn a big hug. 🙂

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