Ride a Monster Truck this summer


Bondholder Derbyshire County Show organisers are offering visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride in a seven-and-a-half tonne Monster Truck at their summer show on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

Organisers of the Derbyshire County Show, which will celebrate its 139th year in 2019, are offering one lucky person the opportunity to ride in Big Pete; a 16ft beast of a machine, who will be one of the star attractions in the main arena this year.

All those who purchase a ticket to the County Show, which returns to its spiritual home of Elvaston Showground this summer, will get the chance to ride in the monster truck – but they must also ‘like’ the Derbyshire County Show Facebook page and give a reason as to why they should be chosen.

Michael Murty, owner of Big Pete Monster Trucks, is delighted to be bringing the spectacular vehicles to the Derbyshire countryside.

He said: “Our shows aim to impress. We are the only team operating in the UK who have two trucks – Big Pete and Grim Reaper – working together, simultaneously, in the main arena.

“Our drivers – me included – provide amusing commentary throughout the performance, as the trucks move around the arena crushing cars and jumping up to 15ft in the air. It really is an impressive sight and guaranteed to wow the crowds.”

The Derbyshire County Show was first held at Elvaston in 1970 but, after heavily waterlogged conditions forced the 2016 event to be cancelled, the show was moved to Locko Park in Spondon.

Last year’s event attracted 11,000 people last year and organisers are hoping for similar – if not more – visitors this year.

As well as Big Pete Monster Trucks – a new attraction for 2019 – there will be plenty of old favourites at the Derbyshire County Show, including livestock displays, vintage cars and tractors and show jumping.

The Charnwood Forest Alpacas and the Aldabra Giant Tortoises will be there, providing a hands-on experience for visitors, while the National Farmers Union will be bringing their Discovery Barn – popular with younger visitors - to Elvaston Showground.

“We pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of entertainment that all the family can enjoy,” said Edward Hicklin, chairman of the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society – organisers of the Derbyshire County Show.

“The county show has a very grand history stretching back to 1860 and we have a proud reputation to uphold; staging an event which has something for every member of the family and celebrates all that is good about the countryside on our doorstep.

“We are delighted to have Big Pete Monster Trucks with us for 2019 and look forward to welcoming them to Derbyshire.”

The Derbyshire County Show began life as the Derbyshire Agricultural Show in 1860, when it was established by a group of landowners and farmers led by Dr John Hitchman.

The emphasis has changed over the years from showcasing predominantly agricultural activities and equipment to organising a more all-round day-out for everyone.