GRAVE DIG­GER KEEN TO BURY RI­VALS DOWN UN­DER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - ByColinVick­ery

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

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