Politics meets monster trucking

STATE MP Adrian Pederick earned the envy of every rev-head on Monday by getting behind the wheel of a monster truck.

He drove the “Tassie Devil” during a visit to the Murray Bridge Speedway for a special preview of this weekend’s monster truck action.

“I have driven a couple of big tractors, but nothing quite like this,” Mr Pederick said.

Driver Clive Featherby guided him through the vehicle’s eight gears, four-wheel steering and massive engine before letting him loose for a few laps of the track.

The exhilaration was evident on his face as soon as he climbed out.

“That’s great fun - I could do that all day,” he said.

The Tassie Devil was designed to raise awareness of the facial tumour disease currently threatening the species.

Speedway general manager Tim McAvaney said this weekend would be the first time it had taken part in a full-blown competition.

Saturday night’s other attractions will include three more monster trucks, a crazy car crane drop, a flame-throwing jet quad bike, a rollover truck, stunts and a fireworks show.

- Details: Gates open for the Speedway and Monster Thrill Spectacular at 3.30pm on Saturday and the show will start at 6pm.

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