Motorsports fans are in for a treat — the annual Monster Jam event roars into Vancouver this week, October 6-9. This family-fun event pits driver against driver to win a wide range of freestyle, skills and racing competitions driving the legendary favourites, Grave Digger®, Max-D™, Megalodon® and more.
Monster Jam drivers are highly trained, champion athletes who are able to control whopping 12,000-pound machines in this live action motorsports event. It takes great mental endurance and intense physical strength to be able to perform incredible two-wheel vertical manoeuvres while ripping around the dirt at speeds up to 110 km (70 miles)-per-hour.
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Q & A – Three Women Monster Jam drivers take the spotlight
We asked three women drivers what advice they would give others who want to succeed in this male-dominated motorsport.
Baily Shea, Monster Mutt Dalmatian Driver
Monster Truck stunt driver Bailey Shea began her career racing on an ATV and then drove the Monster Truck, Scooby-Doo. Her smooth and fast driving style soon won her a seat driving Mutt Dalmatian.
Q: What does it take for a female to succeed as a driver of Monster Trucks?
A: Being a female in a male-dominated sport isn’t easy. First of all, you have to believe in yourself. Being a female in this industry is hard! It’s a lot of work mentally and physically, but let me tell you how rewarding and humbling it is to “make it.” You have to set reasonable goals for yourself and crush them one-by-one. It’s a matter of having drive, determination and if you’ve got it in your heart to succeed!
Shea Bailey one of the talented women Monster Jam Truck Drivers. Courtesy Photo
Monster Mutt Dalmatian is driven by talented female Monster Truck driver Baily Shea. Courtesy Photo
Ashley Sanford, Megalodon Monster Jam Truck Driver and 2023 Rookie of the Year
No stranger to high adrenaline performances, Ashley Sandfor is a newcomer. Prior to coming to Monster Jam, she competed behind the wheel of top fuel dragsters racing at speeds of up to 483 km (300 miles) per hour.
Q: What can you tell females about driving a Monster Truck?
A: If I could suggest one thing to girls who want to drive a Monster Jam truck, I would tell them the biggest thing that will carry you to the finish line of ending up behind the wheel is believing in yourself. If your passion for it is so undeniable, you dream about it 24/7, and you are putting in the daily effort to make the dream a reality, then all you need to do is keep the faith in yourself, and it will all fall into place the way it’s supposed to.
Monster Jam Truck driver Ashley Sanford 2023 Rookie of the year drives Megalodon. Courtesy Photo
Monster Jam Trucks Megalodon driven by Ashley Sanford. Courtesy Photo
Linsey Read, Scooby-Doo Monster Jam Truck driver
Mother of four, Linsey Read from El Pasco, Texas, started competing in 2016. She has not let anything come between her and winning countless championship competitions.
Q: What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
A: I would tell them the same thing I am going to tell my daughter and my two step-daughters – dare to dream big and live without fear. Don’t ever let someone bring you down. Chase your dreams, work hard and be humble and nothing can stop you. It’s not all about who you know, but about who you stood out to for being who you are.
Monster Jam Trucks driver Linsey Read. She drives Monster Truck Scooby-Doo. Courtesy Photo
Monster truck Scooby Doo takes a flip at Monster Jam. Scooby-Doo is driven by female monster truck driver Linsey Read. Courtesy Photo
There still time to buy tickets to the Vancouver event October 6-8 at the Pacific Coliseum.
Tickets: $22 – $98 (plus fees). Can be purchased at TicketLeader.ca or at the venue box office.
Monster Jam Pit Party Fan Experience – October 7-8 at 10:30 am – 12 noon
Hit the Monster Jam Pit Party to meet drivers and get a close-up view of the trucks. It’s a real fan experience to stand beside these huge 12,000-pound monster trucks. This is the only chance a person will get to actually sneak a peek at how these huge trucks are engineered. It is also an opportunity to grab a photo or autograph from one of the drivers. The Monster Pit Party takes place on Saturday and Sunday only.
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