MUM’S MANY HATS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

MONSTER Jam driver Candice Jolly is a mum who knows how to mul­ti­task.

Not only is she con­tracted to com­pete in truck Monster Mutt Dal­ma­tian for 20 week­ends of the year, but the Florida-based Jolly is mother to 11-year-old son Chase, part­ner to fel­low Monster Jam Max-D driver Neil El­liott, a res­tau­rant man­ager, go-kart track owner and estate agent.

She also started char­ity Show­time Rid­ing Academy on the 10ha prop­erty she owns with her mum that teaches horserid­ing to stu­dents with autism and Down’s syn­drome.

“Like any mother in the world, you jug­gle it and just make time for ev­ery­thing that’s im­por­tant at that mo­ment,” Jolly said. “I wear many dif­fer­ent hats.” Jolly comes from a long fam­ily line of mo­tor­sports driv­ers, in­clud­ing her grandma who raced swamp bug­gies in the 1950s, her mum and step dad, who still race them now, and her dad, who races drag cars.

She be­gan driv­ing go-karts at age eight and in 2007 Candice and her sis­ter Court­ney be­gan on the Monster Jam cir­cuit.

“Monster Mutt Dal­ma­tian is the only truck I drive,” Jolly said.

“It’s a 10,000-pound gi­ant puppy which has a tail that wags, ears and a tongue that goes in and out; it’s adorable and kids ab­so­lutely love it.

Monster Mutt Dal­ma­tian in ac­tion.

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