Jolly gets money for Jam

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

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 real­tor.

She also started char­ity Show­time Rid­ing Acad­emy on the 10ha prop­erty she owns with her mum that teaches horse rid­ing 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.

“Ev­ery show has new el­e­ments and ob­sta­cles and every­body is al­ways look­ing for that wow fac­tor, so we're al­ways try­ing to find new ways to im­press the Mon­ster Jam fans.”

Jolly will re­turn to Perth af­ter com­pet­ing in last year's in­au­gu­ral sell-out Mon­ster Jam shows at Su­bi­aco Oval.

This year's tour will fea­ture two shows at Su­bi­aco Oval on Sat­ur­day, October 29, with a Party in the Pits event be­fore the 2pm ses­sion where ticket hold­ers with Party in the Pits passes will get to meet the Mon­ster Jam driv­ers.

“The Pit Party is my favourite time of the show where I get to meet all the fans,” Jolly said.

“They get to see all the trucks and get our au­to­graphs and take pho­tos.”

Jolly said she looked for­ward to re­turn­ing to Perth, in­clud­ing the Swan Val­ley where she vis­ited last year, al­though the tour meant leav­ing her son at home with his grandma.

“He loves my job and says he's go­ing to grow up to be a Mon­ster Jam driver too,” she said.

“He has a mum and dad rac­ing Mon­ster Jam so he's com­pletely hooked; poor kid, he didn't stand a chance.”

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