Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Barrow: Massive trucks drive show crowds wild

17:23 30 September 2012

The monster truck rally in Barrow thrills the crowds.

The monster truck rally in Barrow thrills the crowds.

Archant

THE IDEA of bringing massive pickup trucks – known as monster trucks – to Suffolk to perform in an adrenalin-fuelled show came about as two friends tucked into a cheese burger.

Yesterday – four months after the idea was born – the first Monster Trucks Live event entertained about 1,500 people at the Suffolk Academy in Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds.

It is being hailed as the third largest monster truck event after Monster Jam – which takes place primarily in the US – and the UK Monster Truck Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway in Wellingborough.

Amelia Benion, 31, from Bury, explained how her and Greg McNair, 35, who is a monster truck fan, were eating a cheese burger in Giraffe in the town when Mr McNair said ‘you know what – monster trucks. We need to bring monster trucks to Suffolk’.

Miss Benion, who is an accountant and also has a furniture company in Sudbury, said she loved a challenge and the pair formed Monster Trucks Live.

She said: “We had no idea what the interest would be [outside of the American bases]. We knew we have got a lot of Americans around here so we knew they were going to be a big audience for us and they have been.

“To be honest this year is going to be a massive learning curve.

“We want the criticism, we want to take it away and make it bigger and better next year.”

The crowds could get up close to the trucks and speak to the drivers ahead of the main event at 1pm.

Four trucks – Crusher, Podzilla, Big Pete and Grim Reaper – thrilled the audience as they flew high into the air over the wreckage of crushed cars below. The noise was so loud some people had even brought their own ear defenders.

Lynda Wells, 44, from Elmswell, who came with her family, described her first monster truck event as “really fantastic”.

Broke FMX also impressed the crowds with their motocross stunts.

There are plans for Monster Trucks Live to return to Barrow every year with shows also taking place at other locations.

0 comments

Car theft and break in

Motorists in Kesgrave are being urged to keep their cars locked and valuables out of sight after the latest in a string of attempts to access them.

Beatrix Potter fun day and celebrations at Long Melford Hall. Pictured is Maisey Doyle.

Birthday celebrations including a picnic, party games and a special trail have been held at a Suffolk hall in honour of the famous children’s author Beatrix Potter.

A computer-generated image of how the Sizewell complex will look after construction of Sizewell C.

Britain is set to get its first new nuclear power station in generations as EDF’s directors approve investment in Hinkley Point.

Chris Sturman with his family

A man who died off the Essex coast on Sunday has been described as “caring” and “much-loved”.

Martin Myerscough's Frugalpac cup

A Suffolk entrepreneur could soon be supplying his eco-friendly invention to the world’s largest coffee chain, after grabbing industry attention for his answer to an environmental problem.

Alexander Baxter, owner of gentleman’s accessory firm Baxter & Baxter

A 22-year-old fashion designer who left his day job to build a brand from the ground up has seen his accessories paraded on the red carpet.

Francis Bacon and Richard Chopping in a cafe

Their hell-raising antics in a small riverside town in north-east Essex became the stuff of local legend.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24