Monster Trucks: Hellion and Gravitron to Debut at Toronto Motorama

A pair of new Monster Trucks will be featured at this year’s Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by eBay Motors, with Hellion and Gravitron on display in Hall 2. This is the third straight year that owners Dan and Kristal Carey are bringing trucks to Motorama, with the new machines making their show debut.

The Careys are best known for their original Train Wreck truck. Their newest full-size ride, Hellion, took about five months to build and was launched in July 2023. Driven primarily by Etobicoke, ON’s Dale Eve, Hellion was designed based off of the team’s Sabotage truck and has a 1,400-horsepower 540 Chevy big block engine.

Gravitron is a much smaller version of your typical truck, known as a ‘Mini Monster,’ with a Honda VTEC four-cylinder engine. Designed for smaller jumps and ramps, Gravitron is an entry-level vehicle piloted by the couple’s 11-year-old son, Sam, who is currently the youngest Monster Truck driver in Canada.

“I’m really looking forward to having the two new trucks at Motorama,” said Kristal Carey. “We’re very proud of the new truck we built. The process of transforming a stack of steel tubing into a competing Monster Truck has been quite the lifetime experience. Not to mention being done right here in Ontario, there is a sense of gratification in that.”

While some teams make bulk orders for new tires from overseas, the Careys use second-hand tires that previously served an agricultural purpose on crop sprayers. Their team is based out of the Bruce Peninsula region and is somewhat of an underdog compared to their competition.

“Monster trucks can be purchased used or built from scratch,” continued Kristal. “We purchased the Bend-Tech Dragon last year to assist with more accurate bend marks and cuts. We are very fortunate to have an amazing team that have pulled together, putting in long days to get this truck out in a tight timeline, learning as we go.”

Motorama takes place March 8, 9 & 10 at The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Carey says that showgoers are often blown away by the sheer size of the Monster Trucks, especially the oversized tires. The team’s trucks compete at venues across the province each season; they’ll announce their 2024 event schedule at Motorama.

ABOUT THE EBAY MOTORS PRESENTS MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The ninth annual eBay Motors Presents Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 8, 9 & 10, 2024 at The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 330,000 square feet of custom cars, hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, trucks, tuners, displays and exhibitors. Motorama is Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.com or visit MotoramaShow.com.