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West Kelowna's McQueen Monster Jam champ

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West Kelowna's Cam McQueen performs stunts with his monster truck, Northern Nightmare, at the Monster Jam World Finals last month in Vegas.
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There's nothing frightening about Northern Nightmare for Cam McQueen.

In fact, taking charge of 10,000 pounds of metal, fiberglass and rubber is more like living a dream for the West Kelowna man.

McQueen reached a new pinnacle in his burgeoning monster truck career, winning the freestyle title at the Monster Jam World finals last month in Las Vegas.

McQueen and Northern Nightmare, his newly built Canadian truck, stole the show by controlling a front-side, end-over-end flip, then followed with a backflip to give the capacity crowd its money's worth and McQueen a world title.

"It's the same thing as a front summersault in gymnastics, expect with a truck," said McQueen, 33. "Then I got back to the wheel, kept the truck in one piece and still running, then did another backflip. It's third time I've been able to do a backflip in competition. This was a big one for me to do it at the Finals."

The world title was also the first for a Canadian driver and truck, a source of pride for the patriotic McQueen.

"We built a truck for Canadian fans on the Maple Leaf Tour, so it was nice to bring the championship back north of the border," said McQueen, a graduate of Mt. Boucherie Secondary. "I'm a proud Canadian, it was nice to get this one for my country."

This was McQueen's fifth season on the Monster Jam circuit, with him typically doing about 10 to 12 shows between January and the end of March.

The Monster Jam World Finals are the monster trucker's equivalent of the Super Bowl or Stanley Cup finals.

When not performing on the Monster Jam circuit, McQueen keeps busy with many other related endeavors, including stunt work and filming.

McQueen has worked previously on Thrillbillies, an extreme motor sports show which ran on Thrill T.V. and featured, in McQueen's words "adrenalin junkies" like himself, performing various tricks and stunts.

He recently completed work on a feature film, Nitro Circus 3D, which is expected in theatres later this summer. Among his many stunts in the film is the unofficial record of jumping 160 feet in a school bus loaded with passengers.

When he's not revving an engine or performing stunts, McQueen is back home in West Kelowna working on his house, and spending time with his wife, Amber, and his seventh-month-old baby boy.

As for what he does for a living, McQueen counts himself as one of the luckiest people on earth.

"I'm living a dream," he said. "Ever since I was five or six, I told my dad this is what I'm going to do. Being able to live something like this doesn't happen for everyone. I have to pinch myself sometimes."

 

 

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