Wheelie Won­der

Are you ready for some heavy-duty ac­tion and epic stunts? Be­fore the Mon­ster Jam tour hits the Aus­tralian East Coast this Oc­to­ber, we had a chat to Aus­tralia’s first fe­male Mon­ster Jam driver, Rhi­anna Buchanan!

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Hi Rhi­anna! What can we ex­pect to see from you at the Mon­ster Jam events?

It’s go­ing to be a whole lot of fun for the whole fam­ily; I’ll be get­ting some big air, launch­ing over crash cars, throw­ing dirt around with some dough­nuts and do­ing lots of wheel­ies. With 10 Mon­ster Jam trucks hit­ting the sta­di­ums it’s go­ing to be ac­tion-packed!

How are you feel­ing about the event?

I’m so pumped to be div­ing straight into the deep end on the Aus­tralian Mon­ster Jam Tour! Some of the best in the busi­ness are com­pet­ing here, in­clud­ing Adam An­der­son (Grave Dig­ger), Neil El­liott (Max-D) and Todd LeDuc (Mon­ster En­ergy) and of course our other fe­male com­peti­tor Candice Jolly (Mon­ster Mutt Dal­ma­tian),

who is al­ways a crowd favourite! It’s go­ing to be tough but my plan is to get out there, give it all I’ve got and make the Aussie fans proud.

How pow­er­ful and heavy are the ve­hi­cles that you drive?

Our Mon­ster Jam trucks have 1500 horse­power and weigh 5 tonne! They are mas­sive and ex­tremely heavy but fast ve­hi­cles too; we are talk­ing about a mo­tor ca­pa­ble of get­ting us from 0-100 in just 3 sec­onds.

When you were a kid, what were you in­ter­ested in?

I was in­ter­ested in ev­ery­thing as a kid! It was all about ex­plor­ing and learn­ing and just be­ing out and ac­tive. I started danc­ing at the age of 3, my par­ents say it was only nat­u­ral as I never kept still; and

I was rid­ing my lit­tle QR50 mo­tor­cy­cle com­pe­tently at 4 years old. I loved play­ing any and all sports, was al­ways out ex­plor­ing na­ture and have al­ways been kind of ob­sessed with an­i­mals, es­pe­cially wildlife!

Is Mon­ster Jam your only fo­cus or do you jug­gle it with other jobs or study­ing?

Mon­ster Jam is for sure my main fo­cus right now, es­pe­cially lead­ing up to the Aus­tralian Tour but my part­ner and I also own two com­pa­nies; we run a small earth­mov­ing busi­ness and a large ac­tion sports en­ter­tain­ment com­pany… We are al­ways busy; we don’t even have a TV be­cause we never have time to watch it!

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