A GROUP of youngsters are breathing new life into the world of monster trucks, as they complete death defying stunts despite their tender age. Known as Team Kid KJ, the team was formed in 2010 by monster truck enthusiast Tod Weston and his son, Kaid ‘KJ’ Jaret Olson-Weston, 14, who was the squad’s first member.
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Noticing his son’s early passion for the extreme sport, Tod was determined to satisfy his need for speed with the creation of the team and to encourage other young people to get involved.J’s parents were seriously committed to fostering their son’s vision. They dropped more than $50,000 to have a custom made Monster Truck built.
At 11 feet long and 3,000 pounds, it’s roughly half the size of an adult Monster Truck. The team now boasts 20 full time members from across the United States and performs in more than 60 shows a year. All members of their team are required to have at least a B average in school. Tod said they are also working on a fitness program to make sure the children stay active.
KJ is the pioneer of this brand new sport. So we would like to have a monster truck camp where you learn how to drive a Mmonster Truck, and the winner of that, you know, the best driver at camp has the opportunity to be in a Monster Truck show,” Tod said.