SHEER INSANITY & TNT MONSTER TRUCK RACING TEAM SHOP FIRE UPDATE – February 6, 2017
It’s been 19 days since fire tragically swept through our shop leaving us with nothing but memories and some charred remnants. Devastation does not even come close to how we feel. We have lost our shop, every tool we have ever owned, spare parts, 2 monster trucks, all our truck bodies, merchandise, memorabilia, personal vehicles and our 2 shop kitties Starsky and Hutch have not shown up yet so we fear we have lost them as well.
17 years of building a business the hard way took less than 2 hours to be completely wiped off the face of the earth. We are still in the tedious process of itemizing every single thing that was in the shop and waiting to see how things will pan out in the insurance department. We have just started the cleanup of the property as well. I do want to make it clear that the only things that were covered under insurance were the shop and the tools. The monster trucks and anything related to them are a 100% loss. There have been rumors from idle minds that we are getting a healthy settlement; not that it is anyone’s business, but that is far from the truth.
On a more positive note we need to send out our most sincere appreciation to each and every one of you that has reached out with your generosity, condolences, donations, contributions, prayers and thoughts. Also, I would like to thank the members of the monster truck industry who have reached out to us with your support and understanding; you guys more than anyone know how hard it is in this business and what has been lost.
You never realize how much you influence someone’s life till tragedy strikes it seems. The loss of the trucks has not only been a loss for us but it is evident they have been a loss to so many others who have been touched by them at one point in time. It is the end of an era for 2 iconic monster trucks that have been in the industry for 20 plus years. Thank you for sharing your stories and pictures. Please continue to do so.
Many are asking where we go from here. I wish we had a definite answer. Will we rebuild? We would like to. Will we be able to? Time will tell. We are good at what we do and we can be even better; always reach for the stars; you only fail if you don’t try.
I would also like to acknowledge that there are 2 Go Fund Me pages that have been set up for us. We were unaware of these until a day or two after the incident but are truly thankful to Gary and Rob for going ahead and doing this. Both pages are legitimate and safe to donate to.
Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and kindness. You honestly do not know how much it has meant to us and gets us through the harsh reality of the days and long nights.
TNT Monster Ride Truck
Owned and driven by Canada’s only full time female monster truck driver. Before becoming a ride truck it was a full blown professional race truck, and was awarded the 2010 Monster Jam World Finals Humanitarian of the Year award for their work with breast cancer awareness. It is the only ride truck in Canada that has been Monster Jam Safety Certified. Kathy started driving in 2005, prior to that she was crew girl for the Sheer Insanity Monster Truck. TNT is recognized as a proud official supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
The TNT Monster Ride Truck is dedicated to all those that are effected by not just breast cancer but cancer in general. The inspiration is you, the fans!
Make sure you take a ride in the TNT Monster Ride Truck and help us to raise awareness.
TOGETHER WE CAN CRUSH BREAST CANCER!
Sheer Insanity Monster Truck
Owner and driver Gerard (Ged) Barcroft is from Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada, but is originally from Manchester England and came over with the British Army in 1994. He is a veteran heavy-duty mechanic by trade and used to be a tank recovery mechanic with the British Army. He has been driving monster trucks Since 2001, and was 2001 Canadian Rookie of the Year, and the 2010 Monster Jam World Finals Arena Wheelie of the Year Champion.
Truck body: 2003 Silverado SS ½ ton
Motor: 521 ci Jenke with Merlin Heads
Horse Power: 1400
Tranny: Turbo 400 (modified)
Suspension: Leaf Spring with 16 Pro Comp 3000 shocks
Tires: 66 inch Good Year Terra Tire
Differentials: Rockwell 912, rear locker with planetary gears, 4 corner custom designed knuckle brackets
Fuel: Injected Methanol
Ged had a brain aneurysm in May 2002, and was unable to drive the monster truck for almost a year. He has made a 100% recovery, and has a letter from his brain surgeon certifying him to drive the monster truck. The truck got its name after Ged made a call to his mother in England and told her that he had sold his house to buy a monster truck. She quickly retorted, “Gerard that is utterly insane!” Ged and his wife Kathy are Canada’s only husband and wife monster truck racing team and Kathy is Canada’s only full time female monster truck driver. They are known as the Duke and Duchess of Destruction.