Bari rides on the Zom­bie mon­ster

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

THE AFL sea­son may have fin­ished at Su­bi­aco Oval but the awein­spir­ing ac­tion will con­tinue as Mon­ster Jam heads to Perth for the first time.

Usu­ally tak­ing place across the United States, the live mon­ster truck event will tour Aus­tralia with a line-up of 12 in­ter­na­tional driv­ers and trucks, in­clud­ing Team Hot Wheels Firestorm, Mon­ster Mutt Dal­ma­tian, Madusa, Dragon and the orig­i­nal Grave Dig­ger.

First and only African Amer­i­can Mon­ster Jam driver Bari Mu­sawwir will drive Zom­bie and the 2011 Rookie of the Year said the show was “go­ing to be a blast”.

“We’re gonna race them and we’re gonna go fast over the jumps they put out there on the ob­sta­cle course,” he said.

“There will be two dif­fer­ent rac­ing com­pe­ti­tions where we race against another truck and then do a freestyle com­pe­ti­tion where you’re out there one truck at a time.

“That’s when we get to do all the dif­fer­ent kinds of stunts, big air jumps and donuts; you’ll re­ally get to see the ver­sa­til­ity of these trucks. Tele­vi­sion doesn’t do it jus­tice.”

Mu­sawwir said his mum took him to his first Mon­ster Jam show when he was six years old while grow­ing up in Cleve­land, Ohio, and he be­came hooked.

The graphic de­signer was com­pet­ing in a ra­dio-con­trolled mon­ster truck race when he caught the at­ten­tion of Mon­ster Jam di­rec­tor Bill Easterly.

“I was in the right place at the right time and they said if I could drive an RC truck that well, I could prob­a­bly drive a real one,” he said.

“Here I am liv­ing the dream and the rest is history.”

Mu­sawwir, who now lives in Or­lando, Florida with his wife and chil­dren, is in his fifth year of com­pe­ti­tion and be­gan driv­ing Zom­bie at the start of 2015.

“Zom­bie is unique be­cause it was voted in by the Mon­ster Jam fans on mon­ster­,” he said.

“The Mon­ster Jam web­site di­rec­tors held a poll back in 2012 to see what truck they would like to see come out next.

“Zom­bie was the top vote get­ter so they made it look just like a zom­bie and it’s been a hit ever since. The arms are crazy and flop around while you drive and it def­i­nitely has a face on it only a mother could love.”

Mon­ster Jam will place a pro­tec­tive layer and ply­wood sheets on the oval turf be­fore dump­ing 7500 tonnes of dirt for two shows on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

There will be a Party in the Pits at Kitch­ener Park be­fore the 2pm show where fans can get au­to­graphs from driv­ers and take photos.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to Mon­ster Jam and Party in the Pits. En­ter at­mu­ni­ be­fore Oc­to­ber 12.

Mon­ster Jam driver Bari Mu­sawwir with the Zom­bie truck.

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