To go along with the Maple Leaf Monster Jam tour, Monster Jam came forth with the idea to create a truck to represent Canada. Eventually via fan vote, it was named ‘Northern Nightmare’ and officially unveiled in 2011. Though when it came to naming the driver to drive it, the choice was easy – Alberta native Cam McQueen.
When McQueen debuted in the truck, he stunned the racing world – picking up racing and freestyle wins immediately. His performance earned him to an invite to World Finals in 2012, where he performed a top notch freestyle performance to take home the 2012 World Finals Freestyle Championship.
McQueen will head back to Las Vegas this year, looking for his second crown.
Monster Jam announced last Friday that McQueen joins the impressive list that includes Dennis Anderson, Tom Meents, Madusa and Jim Koehler.
McQueen got involved in motorsports at a young age, riding dirt bikes at five years old and competiting in motocross at 11. McQueen competed with top level teams, including a factory KTM motocross team and Travis Pastrana Racing.
When he was in high school, his passion for motorsports took him in a different direction as he built his first truck – a 1956 Willys Pick-up. The project expanded to many other projects as McQueen kept looking for the next thrill.
Life took him down different paths – including a backpacking trip to Austrailia – but eventually he went back to hanging with Travis Pastrana. With Pastrana’s non-stop lifestyle, the Nitro Circus was born and McQueen became one of the stuntman as part of the deal.
In 2008, McQueen got the chance to hop into a Monster Jam truck, courtesy of Pastrana. McQueen drove the Pastrana 199 truck, earning the sport’s Rising Star Award. The truck then became Nitro Circus as McQueen continued to impress fans everywhere, including landing the first ever backflip in Monster Jam competition in February 2010 in Jacksonville Stadium.
Since moving into the Nothern Nightmare truck, McQueen has kept that thrilling style up in every appearance, including a pair of thrilling performances in Toronto this past weekend that included some high flying jumps.