Interview with Rhianna Buchanan {Australia’s first ever Monster Jam driver}

Interview with Rhianna Buchanan {Australia’s first ever Monster Jam driver}

Australia has its first Monster Jam driver in the mix and her name is Rhianna Buchanan!  To celebrate the guys at Monster Jam have an awesome prize pack up for grabs!

When:   14 October – 2pm and 7pm  AAMI Park, Melbourne

Where:  AAMI Park, Melbourne

Cost: tickets start at $24, book at Ticketek

Thrill-seeker and Queensland dynamo Rhianna Buchanan has been crowned Australia’s first ever Monster Jam® driver, after being invited to join the exclusive driver lineup when the tour hits Aussie shores in October 2017.

We chatted with Rhianna about what happens behind the scenes and this is what she had to say.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to join the Monster Jam family – driver or otherwise?

You have to work hard, learn all you can, listen really well to those who can teach you and always show you appreciate the people who help you. Stay dedicated and determined and use every opportunity that comes your way to progress. Also, don’t forget that everything takes time, you may need to be patient but don’t lose focus.

How did you become a Monster Jam driver? What’s your story?

I have worked as both an announcer and a stunt rider for a long time now, originally I got my start with Monster Jam as a host for the 2015 and 2016 Australian Tours. While on these tours I had the opportunity to talk to the drivers and organisers about my motorsport background and we would always joke about everyone switching roles within the show. I never thought the opportunity would actually present itself to become a driver but when they offered me a chance to try out for it I was determined to make it happen!

What safety gear do you wear?

A fire suit, race shoes, race gloves, neck restraint and my helmet!

How old were you when you started in motorsports?

I got my first bike and was riding at age 4! From there my skills on both bikes and vehicles progressed purely from getting out and learning with family or friends.

What’s your signature/favourite stunt or trick?

I am still working on a signature trick but so far my favourites are crushing cars and doing donuts!!

Can you tell us about any stunts or tricks you’re planning for the Australian tour?

I’m sure going to do all I can for the Aussie fans! Crushing cars, getting massive air, solid wheelies, donuts too; and anything else I can learn before October!

What’s the name of your (favourite) Monster Jam truck?

My favourite truck is, of course, Wonder Woman!! It’s designed around a female superhero who is strong, brave and fights for justice – someone who I aspire to be like and is a great role model for everyone. I look forward to driving my Wonder Woman Monster Jam truck with those same characteristics and making all her fans proud!

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Want to win?

Standing nearly four metres tall and four metres wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that weigh around 5,500kgs. Built for short, high powered bursts of speed, the powerful Monster Jam beasts perform breathtaking stunts and can accelerate from 0-100kph in under 3 seconds. They literally fly – covering up to 50m in a single leap (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 12m skywards.

To enter our giveaway to win this VIP experience and pack (see details below) you need to tell us – what would be your Monster Jam name?  I am thinking Kate the Krusher for me…

ENTER NOW – giveaway opens midnight 20 July, closes midnight Wednesday 2 August.

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The VIP Prize includes:

  • 2x Double Passes to Melbourne 2pm + Pit Party access
  • Yearbook
  • Colouring book
  • DVD
  • Flag
  • Ear Muffs
  • Merch bag
  • Sports bottle
  • Lunch box
  • Monster Jam toy trucks x 4

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must live in Victoria Australia (sorry it’s Vic only due to different state legislations).
  • This competition closes at midnight, 2 August 2017 AEST.  The winner will be randomly drawn and notified via email.  If the winner fails to respond to emails within 48 hours of being notified a new winner will be drawn (at the discretion of Meetoo).
  • You must be aged 18+ to enter and you can only enter by complying with the form above.
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