Monster truck calls Knoxville home

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A local man is on his way home in a monstrous way. Ed Eckard's going to bust through Thompson-Boling Arena soon and you'll be able to see it during this years Monster Jam.

"I love Knoxville! It has everything you could possibly need and want. The people are great and I'm happy to be here." said Ed Eckert, driver and owner of Fullboar.

For the past 13 years, Ed has driven Fullboar which weighs over 12,000 pounds and sits 12 feet high.

At first it started as a hobby but was kicked into high gear when a friend invited him to take a monster truck for a spin.

"We asked me if I wanted to sit in the seat and I said no. He asked if I wanted to drive it and I said no. Finally I just did it and it was all over at that point." said Eckert

He now travels the country putting Fullboar to the test and it's not as easy as it looks.

"You're right hand is working the rear steering, your left hand is holding the steering wheel while you're shifting the truck, controlling the brake, controlling the fuel and keeping an eye on the track." said Eckert

It's hard work that worth it for the rush and the fun of it all.

Eckert said "I love doing doughnuts and actually taking my steering wheel off then hanging it out the window in the middle of my doughnut. It's the best part of the show."

It's something you'll have to see to believe at this year's Monster Jam.

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