Mon­ster trucks bring their tricks to NZ this weekend

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAUREN PRIESTLEY

Watch out One­hunga – mon­ster truck mad­ness is com­ing your way.

This weekend some of the world’s big­gest and best mon­ster trucks will be cre­at­ing car­nage at Waikaraka Park in the in­au­gu­ral New Zealand Mon­ster Truck Rac­ing and Freestyle Cham­pi­onships.

Mon­ster trucks of this size and cal­i­bre have never been shipped to New Zealand be­fore, or­gan­is­ers say. Con­tenders in­clude Big­foot, re­garded as the orig­i­nal mon­ster truck that kick­started the in­dus­try 35 years ago.

A flame-throw­ing jet quad bike, mas­sive fire­works dis­play and freestyle stunts in­clud­ing mon­ster trucks jump­ing clear over a line of 12 cars will be per­formed at the com­pe­ti­tion. One stunt­man can even do a dou­ble back­flip in his truck.

Driver Clive Featherby says this is the ‘‘real deal’’ and will be more than New Zealand crowds have ever seen be­fore.

‘‘It’s just go­ing to shock ev­ery­one. It looks like some­thing from Mars, it re­ally does. It’s very hard try­ing to ex­plain to peo­ple who have never seen it be­fore. Un­til you ac­tu­ally see what they can do you just don’t un­der­stand.’’

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised, run and pro­moted solely by mon­ster truck driv­ers and own­ers.

They want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to come and share their pas­sion, Mr Featherby says.

‘‘The peo­ple who come to the show are never ever dis­ap­pointed. They just come away in shock.’’

Tick­ets are avail­able now or can be pur­chased at the gate.

Go to mon­stertrucks nz.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Fly­ing high: Mon­ster trucks will per­form tricks never seen be­fore in New Zealand this weekend.

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