CAM McQUEEN’S MONSTER JAM® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
In March 2012 Cam McQueen became a Monster Jam® World Champion when his amazing performance in Northern Nightmare® bested the incredible line-up for the World Freestyle Championship at Monster Jam World Finals® XIII. Competing at the top level of the sport for the native Canadian is in many ways a natural extension of his lifelong love of motorsports and his pursuit of action. McQueen began riding dirt bikes at age five and he started racing motocross at age 11. McQueen would be exposed to the Monster Jam world when he competed in “Tuff Truck” competitions which would run at half time during the Monster Jam shows.
McQueen worked for several different race teams growing up, including a factory KTM motocross team, a Northwest series stock car team, and Travis Pastrana racing among others. During high school Cam started building his first Monster Jam truck, a 1956 Willys pick-up. After that he built many different cars and trucks and took a liking to restoring old snowmobiles, dirt bikes, and vehicles. McQueen’s spare time was consumed with motorcycles, ATV’s, jet skis, snowmobiles, trucks and cars. Simply put anything with a motor that he could race, jump, or crash! After high school Cam joined some friends and backpacked through Australia for a couple months.
Then he spent a year at school in Calgary studying Mechanical Engineering. After that he joined the local Fire Department where he volunteered for 4 years. When things got boring there he began hanging out with Travis Pastrana and the crew, which of course meant non-stop action and never a dull moment. Eventually this led into the Nitro Circus world where McQueen was quickly recognized as a valuable “Guinea Pig.” This would fulfill his lifelong aspiration of begin a stuntman. McQueen says that the pay was “horrible,” but adds that the guys were a lot of fun and they got to travel a lot and see some pretty cool stuff.
This would eventually lead into a few different TV shows; Nitro Circus on MTV and Thrillbillies on FUEL TV, plus a 10 year series of DVD’s. In order to keep the bills paid McQueen was also working with OGIO during this time as a Special Event Coordinator. Again the travel was plentiful as they sponsored action sports athletes around the world and followed their different event schedules. Never one to just sit around during any down time he would return to Kelowna for short periods and pick up different jobs to pass the time. Some of these included, managing a blues bar, running a Salmon Fishing Lodge, selling used cars, fixing and painting race cars, sailboat restoration, bar tending, operating heavy equipment, commercial construction, motorcycle mechanic, tile setter, and a Hockey School Instructor.
So it was only natural when the chance came to hop into a Monster Jam truck, especially one sporting his friend Pastrana’s name on the side of it (Pastrana 199), McQueen jumped at the opportunity and made the most of it quickly, winning the sport’s Rising Star Award among other honors. Following the transition for that team from Pastrana 199 to Nitro Circus, McQueen racked up several big wins and stunned the Monster Jam truck world by completing a back flip in the Nitro Circus Monster Jam truck during a scored freestyle competition at Jacksonville Stadium in February, 2010.