IF DRIVING a monster truck isn't on your bucket list, it should be.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to get behind the wheel of Spot, a black-and-white monster truck, at Mothar Mountain speedway.
Spot's cute face and big red tongue did little to hide the roar of the 1600hp mongrel under the bonnet of the five-tonne machine.
My four relatively tame laps around Mothar Mountain left me deaf, smelling like methanol and wanting more, but it was nothing compared to the antics of professional driver and New Zealand monster truck champion Danny Patard.
Danny jumped in the driver's seat and showed what could really be done, walking over cars and leaping high into the air.
Yesterday's display is just a hint of what is to come on Saturday night when monster truck racing hits Mothar Mountain for the first time.
The Gympie Saloon Car Club has brought the trucks to Gympie to help celebrate its 50th season.
Vice-president Brian Learoyd said it wasn't just monster trucks on show but
saloon cars, a jet-powered quad bike that can melt cars and a huge fireworks show.
He urged anyone wanting tickets to get in early.
The real stars will be the trucks with promoter Clive Featherby saying the show would be "wild and insane".
"Kids want to see action and things get smashed," he said.
There are 14 cars onsite ready to crush and the final freestyle session will see the truck drivers taking their machines to the limit.