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Monster mash: American drivers, Kreg Christiansen and James Tigue II  are on the Coast for the Australia Vs USA monster truck test on Saturday night. Photo: Brett Wortman.
Monster mash: American drivers, Kreg Christiansen and James Tigue II are on the Coast for the Australia Vs USA monster truck test on Saturday night. Photo: Brett Wortman.

Know those immigration cards the airlines make you fill out?

The ones that list your occupation and such?

James Tigue probably gets a few odd looks when he returns his completed card to Customs.

James' occupation? Monster truck driver.

One of the top drivers stateside, James and team mate Kreg Christiansen arrived on the Coast yesterday, ahead of tomorrow night's Australia v USA monster truck test match at Stockland Park.

The 2005 world champion, James was confident he would be the man to beat on Saturday night.

"I don't come out here with a lot of fans, but by the end of the night, they come around," he said.

"If the kids can come out and enjoy it, that's enough to send me home happy."

An interest in un monsterised trucks started James on his motorsport career, seeing him rise to world dominance three years ago.

"I was always big into 4WDs, custom lifts and street trucks, then it just sort of went from there," he said yesterday, before turning on an ear splitting, Camry crunching demo at Kawana.

"They take a lot to get used to – when to activate the rear wheel steer, the movement front and back.

"It's not like you just get straight in and go over the cars.

"It's definitely an adrenaline rush, that's for sure."

Tomorrow's show pits James and Kreg against the Aussie duo of Clive and Billy Featherby, in one of 25 events set for the night – ranging from monster trucks and freestyle motocross to jet powered vans and the Ford v Holden crane drop.

With recent studies showing Coast drivers struggle with roundabout rules, James had a parting tip for beating on road blues.

"Traffic? Who cares – go over 'em," he said.

Tickets are available from Autobarn stores, Breakaway Travel at Coolum, Sunstate Motorcycles and at the gate.

Adult tickets cost $40, 12 15s $30, 3 11s $25, with under 3s free. Premium seating is $12 extra per seat.


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