Attention, petrolheads! With names like Tiger Shark, Bigfoot, V8 Bomber and Bone Shaker, they’re the Monster Trucks… and they’re roaring our way.
Next January the Manchester Arena will host the first three dates of the new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live tour of Europe.
It all gets off to a smashing, crashing start from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January. The show then heads off to Lodz in Poland before returning to the UK for dates in Birmingham and Glasgow.
Amazingly the huge monster crunch started off 50 years ago, in miniature. That was when Elliot Handler, co-founder of the US toy giant Mattel, invented 1/64th scale Hot Wheels die-cast toy stunt cars – claimed to be the world’s biggest selling toy.
Over time, the brand has evolved from a simple, yet beloved, toy car with orange track system into a global franchise powerhouse that offers fans multi-channel play experiences.
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live promises to bring everyone’s favourite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks to life, in full-sized 12in-to-the-ft scale, combining Hot Wheels’ iconic jumps and stunts with epic crashing and smashing to deliver an exhilarating family entertainment experience for kids of all ages.
In addition to the trucks (giant pickups and SUVs), each show will feature specialty acts like the superstars of freestyle motocross, world record attempts, and Megasaurus – the massive, car-eating, fire-breathing prehistoric robot who loves chomping on anything with four wheels.
Each event promises to feature affordable ticket prices, the Crash Zone pre-show party with Monster Truck photo opportunities, driver meet-and-greets, VIP autograph sessions, and other special prizes and promotions.
“We are delighted to tour the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live experience in Europe and to bring our fans into the real-life action in an arena.”
“We’ve experienced unprecedented success in our first year delivering Hot Wheel Monster Trucks Live to fans in North America and we’re excited to expand to Europe under this new partnership with Live Nation,” said Ken Hudgens, president and CEO of Raycom-Legacy Content Company, joint promoters with Live Nation.
“We look forward to immersing a new group of international fans in our authentic Hot Wheels experience and providing them unmatched entertainment.”
Senior Vice President Touring, International Music, Live Nation, Tim McWilliams added: “As the world’s largest live-entertainment company, we’ve been part of many incredible shows.
“But we are especially thrilled to be working on Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, which combines a thrilling family orientated spectacle with the iconic Hot Wheels brand.”
Tickets for the Manchester Arena shows on 3rd-5th January go on sale Friday 5th July.