They look like monster trucks. They act like monster trucks.
But they’re mini-sized remote-controlled monster trucks, and they’re heading to Colonial Heights this Friday through Sunday for the Solid Axle Showdown.
They’re modeled after real live monster trucks, like Gravedigger or Max D, but they’re much smaller in size. Most measure around 15 inches by 8 inches and weigh anywhere from seven to 14 pounds.
“They range anywhere from $300 and up. Some people put thousands into them,” said Marlon Cox, one of the organizers with Showtime R/C Motorsports. “There will be trucks here that are worth $2,000 to $3,000. It gets crazy. Almost all of them are exact replicas of monster trucks.”
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About 50 to 70 competitors are headed to Colonial Heights this weekend to race 300 remote-controlled monster trucks in 10 different classes.
It will look like a Monster Jam with track obstacles, jumps and crashes, Cox said, but on a much, much smaller scale. There will even be mega mud trucks and a mud pit.
“Virginia has a big, big community following these trucks,” he said.
Cox and about 30 to 50 of his friends from Showtime R/C Motorsports meet up once a month to race their RC monster trucks. But this weekend’s rally is the