GRAVE DIGGER KEEN TO BURY RIVALS DOWN UNDER
SIZE matters. Just ask Monster Jam driver Adam Anderson, who has steered Grave Digger to three world championship titles.
Grave Digger is the most popular of the Monster Jam trucks, which each cost about $300,000, weigh five tonnes, are 3.5m tall, and can reach speeds of 160km/h.
The trucks can “fly” up to 10m high and 38m along as they speed over obstacles including dirt ramps, and rows of cars and buses.
“It is an extreme adrenalin rush,” Anderson (pictured) says. “When I am doing it, there is almost no fear.
“Anything they put on the track in front of that truck I want to conquer. I want to jump the highest and the farthest.
“The next day it hurts because the adrenalin rush gets in the way (of the pain).”
Monster Jam has become a cult favourite in Australia thanks to the TV series on ONE. More than 150,000 local fans turned out for arena shows last year and Anderson will be here in October as part of a four-city Monster Jam tour.
“There is not one person who can say they don’t like a good crash and most of the time in Monster Jam somebody’s going to crash or they’re on the verge of it,” Anderson says. “The trucks are very safe. We’re strapped in nice and tight. The only concern I have is fire, but we have so much safety equipment to protect us from that.
“My biggest fear is that the truck is going to break down and I won’t be able to perform in front of the people.” Grave Digger is a family affair. It was created by Anderson’s father Dennis – himself a four-time Monster Jam World Finals Champion. Anderson’s younger brother, Ryan, is also a driver.
“My father created Grave Digger in 1982 and I wasn’t created until 1984,” Anderson laughs. “I just kind of always knew that this (driving Grave Digger) was what I was going to do.”
Grave Digger’s competitors include El Toro Loco, Maximum Destruction (Max-D), Zombie, Madusa, Scooby-Doo and Predator.
“There is something about Max-D – an ongoing rivalry since my dad’s time,” Anderson says. “I have a twoyear-old boy. His favourite truck is Zombie, which really upsets me.” MONSTER JAM SATURDAY, 6.30PM, ONE