A HIGHLIGHT OF this Saturday night's April 10 Monster Truck Spectacular at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway will be an appearance by one of the youngest drivers of these vehicles in the world.
Sixteen year-old Cassius Stevenson is the grandson of Robert Stevenson, 74, the man who is bringing the Monster Truck show to Lismore for promoter David Lander.
Cassius knows all there is to know about Monster Trucks and is guaranteed of putting on a show for the patrons.
He will be behind the wheel of the truck named “Sharp Shooter.”
Robert also takes delight in the debut of his “roll over bike” this weekend.
“It the first time it will be seen in public,” he said proudly.
“It is a show within a show, so that when it rolls over, it goes back on its wheels.”
But, more than anything else, Robert Stevenson knows the package is all about family entertainment, which fits perfectly with David Lander's speedway entertainment philosophy.
“They're for children,” Robert said in relation to the purpose of Monster Trucks.
“Some lucky children will also get a ride in a Monster Truck this weekend as we have got a special passenger seat fitted in the truck. There will be some rides taking place on the night for the kids,” he added.
The other Monster Truck in attendance will be “Scruffy” driven by Kerry Dorman.
Rob prides himself on his trucks' reliability.
“We not so long ago did Dream World over the holiday period. Overall, in that time, we did 54 shows in three weeks and did not have one break down,” he affirmed.
Robert also brings with him a pyrotechnics package that will light up the night sky with a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour exploding over the historic Lismore Showground.
This will be one of the biggest nights of the 2020-2021 season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
There will also be a speedway racing programme as well in what will truly be a great night of family entertainment.
A highlight of the race card will be the running of the Junior Sedan Nationals.
It's the big event of the season for the youngsters – some of the future stars of Australian speedway.
The teenage tearaways will go at it hard in the battle for race honours in what promises to be one of the most keenly contested Junior Sedan races of the season.
Wingless Sprintcars and Production Sedans also will be featured on the programme.
Gates open at 4PM and racing commences at 5:30.
For more information, call the Lismore Speedway office on 66212733 during business hours.
STORY BY DENNIS NEWLYN