WANT TO GO?
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance tickets, adults from $26.50 to $51.75. Children from $5 to $51.75. Day of the show all tickets increase by $2.
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Monster Jam, the touring monster truck rally, returns to the Charleston Civic Center with roaring engines, spinning tires and the squeal of crushing metal this weekend.
Allison Patrick is part of a very select club. Not only is she one of the few people who can say that she's a professional monster truck driver; she's also one of the few women to ever get to sit behind the wheel.
The Gazz spoke to Patrick about driving the 10,000-pound, 1500-horsepower not-at-all-girlie monster truck named Samson and whether there is room in the monster truck world for more women.
Q: There doesn't seem to be a lot of women involved with monster trucks or even Monster Jam for that matter. How did you get into this?
A: "I grew up in it. My dad has had a truck since I was 3 years old, and I don't see the life as any different.
My dad is 57. He was one of the older drivers and has been around forever, but he decided maybe he'd give me a shot at driving and see how I'd do."
Q: How did your dad get into monster trucks?
A: "He started in tractor pulls in high school and progressed to funny cars and then into monsters in the early days of the sport. This was back when monster trucks would pull sleds at tractor pulls -- that's how he got started. He worked with Bigfoot [an early monster truck superstar] and then branched on his own.