The offical monster truck governing body is the "The Monster Truck
Racing Association" (MTRA). They make sure that the trucks are safe for
both the drivers, their crews and spectators at the events they are appearing
The MTRA was set up in 1987 to make sure the safety precautions are adhered
too. They set out a list of safety requirements that each monster truck
member, must comply to.
The 2001 Board of Directors
Chairman - Bob Chandler, Owner of BIGFOOT 4x4.
MTRA European Division
President - Tim Hall, of the Executioner Monster Truck.
Vice President - John Seasock owner of Sudden Impact.
Technical Officer - Kreg Christensen owner of Dragon Slayer & Misbehavin'.
Drug Enforcement Officer - Steve Macklyn of the Nitro Fish Monster Truck.
Directors - Bob Trent & Doc Riley
Secretary Treasurer - Donna Purcell.
President - Nigel Morris
Tech Director - Tim Barks
It is these people that over see everything, & without them &
the co-operation of the members, shows wouldn't be as safe as they are
The MTRA is an organization soley designed for the
advancement of Monster Truck Racing safety for drivers & spectators
alike. The purpose is to establish & enforce safety rules & regulations
for Monster Trucks & drivers, & assist in a safe track layout.
The MTRA set out requirements for the trucks. These are:
Remote Ignition Interrupt System(RII). This is a remote
control kill switch, which when used shuts off the power to the electric
fuel pumps & ignition system.
At MTRA races, an offical observer, who has an un-obstructed view
of the race track, has a remote control for one of the trucks that is racing
& will keep a close eye on the truck. If during the race the truck
looks to be in trouble, ie. veering of the track (even slightly) he will
automatically kill the truck. The RII is tested before each race heat,
at the starting line, to make sure that it is working properly.
In-cab kill switch. This is like the RII, except it
is located in the cab of the truck, within easy reach of the driver(on
the dashboard). Again it shuts off the power to the electric fuel pumps
& ignition system. This way there is two ways of killing the truck,
so if one fails there is always a bacup device. A driver must be able to
activate the kill switch with their eyes closed and belted into the seat.
Trucks also have a kill switch located on the rear of the trucks
(by the licence plate) which if pulled, it will again, shut off the power
to the electric fuel pumps & ignition system, killing the engine.
Other safety requirements are onboard fire retardant system, rollcage,
firewalls, engine shields, drive shaft shields, blower restraints &
other parts to ensure that if an engine blows, parts will not fly out from
Driver protection requirements are, fire-retardant suits,
eye protection, neck collars & helmets with restraints.
All off these requirements have to be met by each truck and driver
before they are able to compete.
For a monster truck to be certified it must weigh a minimum of 10,000
Since 1995, any new monster truck driver wishing to compete
in races, must now earn a monster truck licence, to prove they are able
to handle these beasts. There are two types of licence, Class A & Class
To earn a Class B Monster Truck Licence, which is the first
part that you need. A driver must preform the following tasks in a MTRA-certified
vehicle, & in the presence of three different Class A, MTRA drivers.
Cab familiarity test. The new driver must identify key switches,buttons,
& dials in the cab, with attention to detail on the safety & emergency
Vehicle stopping, starting, and turning demonstration. The
driver must complete these basic maneuvers.
Driving over cars a number of times, at different speeds.
The new driver must show he is able to control the truck while driving
over cars at varied speeds.
Once a new driver has completed these tasks, and has been observed
by the Class A drivers, they will sign his application form, which the
new driver will send to the MTRA Board of Directors for approval.
For a driver to earn a Class A Monster Truck Driving Licence,
they must first have earned a Class B licence.
A Class B Monster Truck Licence is like a learners permit.
With Class A Monster Truck Driving Licence, the driver is allowed
to compete in any Certified races or any Purse Race Series event.
To earn a Class A Monster Truck Licence the driver has to be able
to pass the following requirements in front of at least three Class A driver.
Have a Class B Monster Truck Licence.
They must execute 10 performances in a MTRA-certified vechicle,
in front of at least one Class A driver for each performance, which is
then signed off on their application.
The MTRA Board of Directors then evaluates the submited application
form and decides if they should issue the licence or require the driver
to take some more tests.
Once you are a qualified Class A driver, it is then your turn to
evaluate Class B drivers, and assist them in attaining their licence.
Check out the offical MTRA
to the homepage.