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1How to drive a monster truck, as told by Monster Jam drivers

On the surface, it's easy to write off monster trucks as big, dumb and dangerous vehicles, but when you start looking deeper, they get a lot more impressive. At least for the people competing in the Monster Jam series, there's a commitment to safety and some seriously cool engineering to make all of those huge jumps and stunts possible night after night. Of course, driving one of these behemoths isn't exactly easy, either.

6The List #0555: Drive a Monster Truck

Live vicariously through Jessi and Patrick as you watch The List #0555: Drive a Monster Truck. Not only will you learn what it's really like to drive a 1,600-horsepower pickup on 66-inch, hand-cut agricultural tires, but you'll also discover what happens when you break someone's really big, really expensive toy.

13Car and Driver dissects the physics of monster trucks

It doesn't really matter what age you are, we can all agree that monster trucks are awesome. How can you argue with a 20-foot tall tube-frame harbinger of destruction, mowing down row after row derelict cars and trucks? Every "SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!," somewhere in America, a dirt-filled arena is hosting this spectacle of high-horsepower automotive carnage.

23Conan drives Grave Digger monster truck

While Conan O'Brien may not be the car guy that Jay Leno is, for our money, he's funnier. Especially when he's doing vehicular bits on air, in this case, rubbing elbows with monster truck drivers.

26Followup: Bad Habit monster truck breaks longest jump record

Bad Habit breaks a world record – Click above for image gallery

29Video: Bad Habits' monster truck world record practice session doesn't go as planned

Bad Habits takes a dive – Click above to watch the video after the jump

80Bigfoot monster truck defects from Ford to Chevy after more than 35 years

2010 Bigfoot Chevrolet Silverado – Click above for high-res image gallery

24Hard times means some Icelanders can't keep on truckin'

In Iceland, the leviathan you see in the picture above is called a "jeep." Here in the U.S., it would be called a massively tricked out F-350 Super Duty, or probably just "monster truck." The 6,000 members of Iceland's 4x4 club use them to explore the barely reachable sections of the island nation, trusting 4-foot-high studded tires and a bevy of custom modifications to get them back to civilization.

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