Let’s Chat With Carl Van Horn- Monster Truck Driver of Grave Digger

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Let’s Chat With Carl Van Horn- Monster Truck Driver of Grave Digger

Interview Between Carl Van Horn(Grave Digger) and Diane Sullivan

Carl Van Horn

Monster Jam is one of our absolute family fun favs. It’s a bunch of fun for the entire family, all ages. Monster Jam is at Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ January 30th and 31st. There is still time to buy tickets and enjoy the fun! Check out more about Monster Jam here and purchase tickets if you’d like to: http://www.monsterjam.com/ In the meantime, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite drivers- Carl Van Horn- Grave Digger driver. Yes, please! For years I have been sitting in the stands and thinking up questions I would love to have asked him. Now I finally had the chance. Total Awesomeness!

My boys taking a ride in Grave Digger during the summer Monster Jam.

Diane: Tell me about driving Grave Digger. It’s a definite fan favorite.

Carl Van Horn:Grave Digger is the most popular truck in the world! The fans push me to drive has hard as I can every weekend.


Diane: How do you get motivated before a Monster Jam event?

Carl: It seems like when I first started I had two or three things, but now it’s more that I just strap in and go. I mean, I set all the belts up loose in a certain way because we get in and out of the Monster Jam trucks so fast that I can just jump in, tighten the belts and go. I don’t like to be rushed because it feels like I’ve forgotten something. My biggest thing is just having everything set up prior to a run, so that I can belt in a lot faster and be ready to go.


Diane: What’s your scariest moment?

Carl: I’m pretty fearless in my Monster Jam truck. There isn’t anything I haven’t tried.


Diane: Besides driving Grave Digger, what do you for fun?

Carl: Spend time with my family as much as possible. And I like to play electric and acoustic guitar. I also enjoy writing my own country music as well.


Diane: What’s your future goal in driving Monster trucks?

Carl: Everyone’s goal is to get to the Monster Jam World Finals every March!


Diane: What’s your personal favorite- freestyle? Or technique?

Carl: Definitely freestyle – it’s when I can pull out all my tricks!


Thanks Carl, I can speak for our family. We definitely cheer for you every time! You are my son’s favorite and mine, too! You certainly have given us some awesome Monster Jam moments! Drive On! We will be there cheering you into the future and hoping to see you in the Monster Jam World Finals!


Disclosure: Diane Sullivan is a Feld Entertainment Ambassador Blogger. Interview opp provided by Monster Jam. Special thanks to Carl Van Horn for taking out time from his busy schedule to interview with me. It was very appreciated. Contact me at 3decades3kids@gmail.com and everywhere else at @3decades3kids.

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  1. says

    My boys have asked to go to Monster Jam for years! I don’t know why we haven’t ever taken them. It looks like loads of fun. We have 4 boys, and even my 2 girls would probably absolutely love it! I think I would probably enjoy it too. This is a great interview thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I love Monster Jam. I wish I could get to a show. If I find a sitter, I would definitely go to the show with my husband. He loves Monster Jam too. One day when our kids are older especially our son that is in the way will love it. Great interviews. Glad you got the opportunity.

  3. says

    I am not a Monster Truck fan, but can appreciate those who are. I would imagine it takes more skill to participate than some people might think. How nice that Carl enjoys making music when he’s not driving. That’s one of my own passions.

  4. nazma says

    oh this is a great post. I wouldlove to go in one of these shows.I hope one day i make it 🙂 great interview.Monster jam is very famous beetween kids

  5. Pauline C. says

    This is really lucky of you—to be able to interview a monster truck driver. My nephews are always watching this, but I cannot find the time to go with them. It’s interesting to see what’s the fuss is about…

  6. says

    I checked and Monster Jam is definitely coming to my city. I am marking it on my calendar so we don’t forget to get tickets. This would be a unique experience for the whole family!

  7. says

    Monster Jam is here by us this weekend, and it has been the talk of school all week! The girls had their father daughter dance tonight, so there’s been about 20 witnessed conversations as follows:
    Girl: “We have the dance and you aren’t invited!”
    Boy: “Oh, yeah? Well, me and (xyz) are going to Monster Jam and there won’t be any girls there AT ALL!”
    If I had boys, we would definitely be there this weekend! Love this interview, and will share it with my mommy friends heading over to Nassau Coliseum tomorrow. Thanks for posting!!

  8. says

    I am not very familiar with any of this stuff or who Carl Van Horn is. Haha. However, I do know that my son would love to go see something like this. He is into pretty much anything like this. Me personally, Not so much. I do remember as a child watching stuff like this on TV with my dad though. Seemed pretty cool though! =) Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Lauren says

    I know absolutely nothing about any of this…so I wish I could leave some insightful comments about this subject ha! I will say that it looks like a fun activity to do and I think I would like it! Thanks for the fun interview!

  10. courtney says

    Omg what an interesting interview!!! Back probably 7 or 8 years ago I got a modeling gig working at monster jams in Orlando & in Tampa. I honestly was like omg this is going to be the worst job ever….but then I was shocked that it actually was a lot of fun!!! I will definitely take my daughter to monster jam when she’s older.

  11. says

    Pretty cool post. I have never watched Monster Truck shows. I first saw his picture and thought he was a general race car driver. I looked at the site, looks like they are in the Chicago area this weekend.

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