Meet the real mon­ster me­chanic

Years of tin­ker­ing has led Sam to mon­ster cre­ations

Big Rigs - - LIGHT RIGS -

WHILE most of us love to tin­ker in the shed when we get the op­por­tu­nity, none can match the scale of mon­ster me­chanic and mo­tocross per­former ex­traor­di­naire Sam Xuereb.

“I guess I am a cross be­tween a me­chanic and a mad sci­en­tist,” Sam laughs when ex­plain­ing ex­actly what it is he does.

A jack of seem­ingly all trades in­volv­ing en­gines, Sam has been run­ning his business, Mon­ster Trucks Aus­tralia, for more than 20 years, trekking the coun­try from show to show in pur­suit of the next big jump.

Per­form­ing at this year’s Ekka along side his son Michael, 22, jumps, flips and bal­anc­ing a clown on the car door seemed to be all in a day’s work for the pair.

“From when I was born I was just fas­ci­nated with cars and mo­tor­bikes, as soon as I could grab a hold of a tool I started mak­ing big­ger gokarts and bug­gies, and they just got big­ger and big­ger un­til they got to this size.

“And they are still get­ting big­ger.”

It, how­ever, took a few years be­fore Sam de­cided to make the leap into pro­fes­sional mon­ster truck show­man­ship.

“It was the tricks,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways re­ally been into pre­ci­sion.

“When I was 15 as soon as I could buy a pad­dock bomb all I re­ally wanted to do was get up on two wheels so I have been prac­tis­ing that act since I was a a lit­tle kid.

“Now I do the two side­wheel balance, with a clown on the door as well.”

To­day Sam has moved on from the pad­dock bomb to a num­ber of giant cre­ations, the show stop­pers in­clud­ing the Devil’s Taxi and Trop­i­cal Thunder.

He has built them mostly from scratch.

“You try and utilise as much as you can; the shock ab­sorbers are the hard­est bit,” he said.

“That is the heart of the mon­ster truck be­cause you need to jump the thing and land it, it’s just a big­ger scale of a rac­ing car.

“We re­ally build and show any­thing you have fun in, army tanks, a cou­ple of bug­gies with tank tracks on them, mon­ster bikes.”

Still con­stantly de­vel­op­ing new ideas and tricks, Sam is look­ing for­ward to plan­ning with both of his sons.

His youngest is just 14 and has al­ready be­gun draw­ing up de­signs for the next project.

❝We re­ally build and show any­thing you have fun in.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIBUTED

MON­STER FAM­ILY: Sam Xuereb and el­dest son Michael love putting on a show and push­ing their diesel guz­zling cre­ations to the limit.

LEFT: All of the show’s mon­ster trucks have all been built by Sam.

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