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Thursday, Jan 23 2014 10:18 AM

'First Look': Plenty to see this weekend, including Monster X Tour

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Roaring engines will power excitement at the Monster X at Rabobank Arena. "We're not scripted; whatever happens happens," said organizer Tony Maderazzo.

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It's a technology that requires a properly trained pilot behind the wheel.

That's how "First Look with Scott Cox" simulcast host Scott Cox described Monster X trucks, which will roar into Bakersfield for the Monster X Tour Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena.

Larry Swim, driver of the latest incarnation of Bigfoot, which is called the Bigfoot Monster X, called into the show to talk about the event he and other drivers will put on this weekend.

"They've come a long way," Swim said of the trucks, noting the current ones sport 1,500 horsepower.

Cox agreed: "People have no idea technologically what you're driving around."

Swim said he's been around monster trucks for about 28 years, and grew up around people who had them. He was seen as the kid who got in the way, so people figured they might as well teach him how to help with the trucks. Swim said he was honored years later to be asked to drive a monster truck.

"Getting to drive Bigfoot is like being called up by the Yankees," Cox said.

Swim explained there are now hundreds and hundreds of Monster trucks out there; some guys drive them for a living, others do it as a hobby.

The Monster X Tour is this Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m., with a pit part from 6 to 7 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $10 for adults, kids 3-12 start at $5.

Also Thursday, Californian assistant lifestyles editor Stefani Dias talked about other weekend events:

* The Rabbit Breeders Show, with at least 35 breeds of rabbits, at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. It's free.

* Local theater productions.

* Food, including Cox's ongoing series about his favorite salads.


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