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By Dennis Box

The Courier-Herald

Wake-up grandma. It's loud, it's noisy - it's monster trucks in Bonney Lake.

Brad Campbell has invested in the dream of his life, $250,000 worth of dream. What he has are two bright yellow monster trucks, a sponsor's contract with The Outdoor Channel and his first big show Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield, Calif.

Unfortunately, the 26-year-old Campbell ran into some trouble a couple of times when he fired the trucks up to test and practice before the California show.

The first time was Veterans Day. According to Campbell, the Bonney Lake police threatened to arrest him and told him the trucks were too noisy.

The second time he fired up the trucks was 11 days later. It apparently caused noise complaint calls. Three Bonney Lake police cars and three Pierce County Sheriff's units sped to the scene.

Campbell was arrested for creating a public disturbance and booked into the Buckley jail. Campbell stated the police told him they would impound his trucks if he started them again.

He promptly bailed himself out of jail, but that's not the end of the story.

The 26-year-old Campbell and his team - Jason Grill, 27, team manager/driver and Curtis Stone, 29, driver - started contacting every city official they could find.

They didn't get much success, so Campbell, Grill and Stone, along with their friends and supporters, decided the best place to find everyone they needed was the Nov. 23 City Council meeting.

They spoke during the public comment period of the meeting, and by the end of the session the mayor, council and audience were entertained if not convinced that these guys may be noisy, but were certainly harmless.

"The main reason we're upset is we had a bunch of kids standing around watching us," Campbell said. "There's no guns here, no drugs, we are really not doing anything bad. These trucks only run for five minutes."

Campbell, Grill and Stone all grew up in Bonney Lake and have been friends since their school years.

Monster trucks have been a part of Campbell's dreams since he was a boy.

"I couldn't get enough of them when I was a kid," Campbell said. "I used to go down to the Kingdome and watch them."

Last March Campbell went to the monster truck world finals in Las Vegas and talked to the owners of the two trucks he would eventually buy.

The first week of November Campbell took the plunge. He flew to Sacramento, Calif., and picked up the two trucks and a hauling rig.

The Outdoor Channel came to him to offer a sponsorship and signed him to his first show on Dec. 3 and 4, which will be televised Dec. 26.

"I think this is what I was meant to do," Campbell said. "I could use a few extra days. It's difficult to practice, but I'm excited. I get to race against Big Foot and Grave Digger. I'm ready. "

The truck known as Moose Madness that he will be driving in the Bakersfield show has a 509 cubic inch big-block engine, putting out 1,500 horsepower. It has a Hughes powerglide transmission, which is an automatic, but the driver is able to choose the gears.

The engine burns methanol alcohol from a 12 gallon tank. During a 10-minute run, the truck will use an entire tank of fuel.

The truck runs off four 12-volt batteries, without an alternator or generator, which would take a few horsepower from the engine.

The wheels are 66 inches high and 44 inches wide.

These trucks are capable of jumping 30 feet in the air and can climb nearly straight up a wall.

The Moose Madness truck is sponsored by The Outdoor Channel, while the team is searching for a sponsor for the second truck. It is tentatively named Doctor Destruction, unless a sponsor decides on a new name.

Campbell is planning to meet with Mayor Bob Young and he is hoping to resolve the problems with the city's noise ordinance. He needs to be able to start the trucks to load them for the trip to California.

"I want to get this resolved," Campbell said. " We see this as a community service."

Young stated he has a meeting scheduled with Campbell to see if he can help the situation, at least so Campbell and his team can load the trucks.

Campbell stated fans and anyone interested in monster trucks can contact him at 253-377-2266.

Dennis Box can be reached at dbox@courierherald.com.

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