One of the longest-tenured, female drivers in the sport, Jocelyn Perrin grew up on a Michigan farm and always had a love for big trucks. She began attending monster truck events and eventually met her future husband, Jeff Perrin, driver of the Bush Hog truck. After she got the chance to drive her husband’s truck, the couple went to work getting Jocelyn a ride to call her own. Perrin has made a name for herself by driving her truck, Lil Miss Dangerous. She is well-regarded by her peers in the industry and is considered one of the most well-liked drivers by fans. When she attends a pit party before an Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam event, Perrin draws big crowds of monster truck fans.
Q&A with Jocelyn Perrin MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
Jocelyn Perrin: I lived on a farm and a John Deere tractor was the first thing that I learned how to drive. Dad asked me to move the tractor and, to show what a great daughter I was, I tried to put the tractor in the barn. But, I forgot to push in the clutch and crashed into my father’s snowmobile. I was good at crushing things right from the beginning. I always loved big trucks, off-road vehicles, and four-wheel drives. I actually met my husband, Jeff, who at that time was driving a truck called Bush Hog, when I attended a monster truck show close to home. Then, I started attending lots of events. After getting his autograph several times, I finally got his phone number! After we got together, it wasn’t long before Jeff let me get in and drive over some cars. I’ve been driving ever since. In 1994, we actually built the first chassis for my truck.
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
Jocelyn Perrin: It gets to be tough at times, but we are able to travel on the road with our motor home. We take our kids, so we make life as routine as possible for them. I enjoy hanging out with everybody. It’s always been like a family atmosphere, from show to show and weekend to weekend. It’s really great running close to home when all our sponsors can come out and our families can come out. We can just hang out with them at the hotel, just going out for supper and having a good time.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
Jocelyn Perrin: I enjoy scrapbooking and stamping. I do bowl on a league; I do enjoy bowling. Playing the Wii. I love playing the Monster Jam game, but my 12-year-old daughter kicks my butt!
MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a monster truck driver?
Jocelyn Perrin: Years ago, I had an awesome show in the Silverdome. I still have pictures of it. I walked into the building and it was my first time to run with a bus as an obstacle. They had this awesome school bus stack, and I went around to all the drivers. I went to Jim Koehler because I always get advice from him, and he told me to just do my normal stuff over that and he told me how to hit it. So I went out and I hit the bus and I sat it straight up and down on the bus and cat walked it off of the other side. And, to hear the Silverdome fans go off like that, that has to be one of my real highlights.
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
Jocelyn Perrin: I really enjoy the whole introduction of the shows, the National Anthem, especially. I have to be a part of singing, The Star Spangled Banner. I enjoy singing that. I say my “Our Father…” prayer and give kisses to my girls for good luck, and away we go.
MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
Jocelyn Perrin: I enjoyed being on the farm with my dad. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was 16, but I really enjoyed the farm part of life. So, I might still be running a dairy farm.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
Jocelyn Perrin: Anything that I don’t make! The online grocery store, Schwan’s, is awesome.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
Jocelyn Perrin: Cars
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?
Jocelyn Perrin: The Soap Network
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?
Jocelyn Perrin: Purple
TRUCK INFO Truck Name: High Maintenance
Body: 1940 Willys
Chassis: Concussion Motorsports
Engine size: 540 CI
Transmission: Turbo 400
Shocks: Coan Nightstalker
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