LIMA — There’s plenty to do the O’Reilly Auto Parts 4 Wheel Jamboree this weekend at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
The main attraction, though, is the General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags.
Six large monster trucks will be tearing up the infield at the grandstands, much to the delight of the thousands of fans of the sport.
Christian Norman is in his first year of racing monster trucks and he’s behind the wheel of the legendary Bigfoot.
“A lot of times you hear the word monster truck you think Bigfoot and it’s the first one that started it. The first one to crush cars, the first one in front of a big audience and it’s still going 44 years later. Bob Chandler really made a big name for Bigfoot and it’s just great and an honor to be on that list of Bigfoot drivers,” said Norman.
So what’s it like to get behind the wheel of these monster trucks?
“First of all, it’s a lot of fun. But also it’s such an adrenaline rush too. A lot of people ask me ‘what’s it like to drive a monster truck?’ I always say it’s like you’re in control of your own roller coaster pretty much. It’s definitely one of those things where the human body really isn’t actually supposed to be doing this so that’s why it’s so fun because you just get to do all kinds of crazy stuff with it. It’s awesome,” said Norman.
Norman’s love for monster trucks started at a very young age.
“Ever since I was about four years old I always wanted to be a monster truck driver, just want to drive a monster truck, but it led me to Bigfoot and it’s just great, of any monster truck that I would be driving I always hoped it would be something like Bigfoot and it’s just great,” said Norman.
Mat Dishman, the driver of Rammunition, has been on the circuit since 2010. As one of the veterans, he’s seen it all and still gets a thrill of driving these big machines.
“You’re driving a top fuel dragster with a trophy truck all mixed into one package and it’s all about the fans and makes it all worth it,” said Dishman.
Dishman has been to Lima before.
“Lima has usually treated me pretty well. I really can’t complain about Lima. I’ve had ups and downs but mostly they’ve been up so I can’t really complain,” said Dishman.
Dishman’s desire to drive a monster truck started young and he did whatever he could to get his big break.
“Every little kid wants to drive a monster truck. I started with the team when I was a lot younger just started doing basic mechanics and that kind of stuff the small, doesn’t mean a whole lot stuff at first but the more you get into it the more you start doing and then before you know it you’re one of the top ones in the shop,” said Dishman.
So what are Dishman’s goals this weekend?
“The big thing you want to do is you want to have a good fun show, keep everything in one piece — but that usually changes as soon as the green light opens up,” he said.
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