Bari rides on the Zombie monster
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 monsterjam.com,” 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 at www.communitynews.com.au before October 12.
Monster Jam driver Bari Musawwir with the Zombie truck.