2024 Carlisle Truck Nationals Welcome Metal-Crushing Monster Trucks Avenger and Brutus Set to Square Off, Crush Cars, and Wow the Crowd

May 2024

Carlisle, PA … Family fun abounds at the 2024 Carlisle Truck Nationals and this year, the fun is taken to an all-new level with the addition of two new monster trucks.  The annual excitement offers car-crushing thrills and it’s all happening August 2-4 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.  More than a dozen cars will forever be augmented by way of Avenger and Brutus; each making their first-ever appearance at Carlisle and the truck event.  They’ll be flanked by a monster ride truck; the Virginia Giant, making it an interactive showcase for guests of all ages.

 Monster truck rides are ongoing throughout the weekend, with shows happening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Rides are backed by monster truck Hall of Fame driver Diehl Wilson, with Wilson also serving as emcee and host of the monster truck shows.  As the shows go, Avenger and Brutus will take center stage, crushing the cars with an adrenaline-filled burst of acceleration followed by a mighty crash onto the prone vehicles.  

 These family-friendly activities have been commonplace at the truck show since its inaugural year in 1991 and with each year, comes a new set of trucks and a new batch of drivers.  But, who exactly are Avenger and Brutus?

 Avenger will be driven by Columbus, Michigan native Jon Koehler, while Brutus is piloted by his dad Jim.  Each truck has ties to the Monster Jam circuit, with Brutus having a 20-year run on the tour.  Brutus was a World Finals Freestyle Champion in 2003 and has earned Extreme Air of the Year recognition almost annually since 2012. 

 As mentioned above, the Virginia Giant ride truck is owned by former Monster Jam regular Diehl Wilson.  It’s cool because it’s interactive.  It’s interactive because guests can climb aboard the iconic truck and go for a heart-pounding, car-crushing, no-hold-barred edge-of-their-seat ride.  Ride, crush, enjoy and repeat!

 A ticket for the Carlisle Truck Nationals is just $15 with kids 12 and under FREE.  All monster truck shows are FREE with admission to the grounds, though a nominal fee does apply for rides on the Virginia Giant.  Seating goes quickly for each show, so guests are encouraged to arrive early, enjoy all that the truck show has to offer, and then find a spot.  Complete details on truck weekend including how to show a truck or buy spectator admission tickets at a discount online can also be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.