Armidale gets the works as Festival of Fire arrives

VETERAN DRIVER: Troy Carcia has been driving since the trucks began in Australia, has driven against the Americans and witnessed all the changes within the industry.
VETERAN DRIVER: Troy Carcia has been driving since the trucks began in Australia, has driven against the Americans and witnessed all the changes within the industry.

Festival of Fire producer Clive Featherby said fireworks from his show coming to Armidale Show Ground on March 30, would be about 15 times larger than those from the recent Armidale Show.

"It has absolutely huge fireworks. It's called the Festival of Fire because it obviously revolves a lot around fire," he said.

There's also one of the old-school monster trucks here called "The Rock".

Clive Featherby.

"On the night we'll have this massive big jet truck, it's the biggest jet truck in Australia. At the end of the night, just before the fireworks, it actually backs up to the cars, and because it's got a proper fighter jet engine in it actually melts the car.

"We've also got the Australian monster truck champion, Troy Garcia, who has returned from Chicago and will be making his first appearance here. I think he's driving the "Scruffy the Dog" truck this time."

Clive said Australia's youngest driver, 13-year-old Cassius Stevens would also be making an appearance on the night. He said Outback Thunda was part of the show with different jumps, including a long-distance jump on the night.

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"There's also one of the old-school monster trucks here called "The Rock". Dwayne Johnson has actually driven it, and there's monster trucks that you can go for a ride on as well." he said.

"Anything you can bash, crash, burn, drop - we've got them on giant scale. It's high octane and always family fun."

Troy Carcia is in the 22nd year of driving since the trucks began in Australia and has seen the changes within the industry.

The trucks are exactly the same as what you might watch on TV.

Troy Garcia

"I've seen it progress over the years, and have competed against the Americans when they've been over here. Now we've got the latest and greatest trucks and tend to thrill the crowds," Troy said.

"The trucks are exactly the same as what you might watch on TV. We've got three others coming on the night that are exactly the same. So, the quality of the trucks are as good as it gets, as rated on a worldwide scale.

"Obviously, we don't have the capacity of the crowds and the large numbers there to be able to build the super-duper big jumps, and the venues in Australia don't have the facilities to cope with it. But what we do is incorporate the monster trucks with the fireworks show, car stunts, demolition derby, roll overs, clown acts so that it appeals to everybody."

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