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Monster Moose makes the grade
By Dennis Box
Brad Campbell's yellow monster truck dream has become true.
The 26-year-old Bonney Lake resident headed to Bakersfield, Calif., for a his rookie monster truck show Dec. 3 and 4, and the results were impressive.
"It was all we'd thought it would be and more," Campbell said. "I got into the finals with BigFoot on Saturday. I don't think I looked like a rookie driver. We got into some mechanical trouble so BigFoot won. We weren't quite prepared to go that far."
Once Campbell's team arrived at the show, things went like clockwork. Getting there was the problem.
Campbell ran into trouble with the law when he was arrested by Bonney Lake police officers Nov. 21, and cited for violating the city's noise ordinance and creating a public disturbance.
According to Campbell, officers came to his house the first time Nov. 11 and warned him the trucks were too noisy and he could be arrested if he started them again.
After Campbell, team manager Jason Grill and driver Curtis Stone spoke at a Nov. 23 City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Young pledged to meet with them and offer what help he could.
The team was able to start the trucks and load them on the transport rigs Dec. 1 without incident for the trip to California.
The charges are still pending before the Bonney Lake Municipal Court, but, according to Campbell, the case is on hold.
"I'm hoping this can get taken care of before court," Campbell said. "These trucks and shows are a good thing for Bonney Lake."
The two trucks Campbell bought are worth more than $250,000.
The truck Campbell piloted at Bakersfield is named Moose Madness and is sponsored by The Outdoor Channel.
Moose Madness sports a 509 cubic inch big-block engine, burns methanol alcohol and delivers 1,500 horsepower.
His other truck was driven by Stone and has a 468 cubic inch engine. The truck is named Doctor Destruction, but the name may change once a sponsor is found.
The trucks carry 12 gallon fuel tanks and run directly off four 12-volt batteries, without a generator or alternator. They will run for about 5 to 10 minutes.
The team's next show will be Jan. 14 and 15 in Fresno, Calif., part of the "Monster of Destruction" series.
The Fresno show will feature a rematch between Moose Madness and BigFoot.
"We got the bugs worked out in Bakersfield," Campbell said. "We'll be ready to get after it at Fresno."
Campbell said his two monster trucks will be on display Jan. 22 at the Bonney Lake Tavern.
Dennis Box can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.