For over 18 years now, Perrin Motorsports has been racing their monster trucks and thrilling fans
throughout the United States. Here is a look of how Perrin
Motorsports has evolved throughout the years and some history about us.
Bush Hog was built in 1987 by Jeff and Jim Perrin. This 1950 Chevy body
was all steel and purchased in Tennessee, In it's day, this body
was used to run moonshine, Bush Hog was originally a
"boot-legers" truck in the hills of Tennessee. It was purchased by
the Bush Hog Race Team in 1987 and brought to Michigan for a
"Monster" overhaul, which transformed it into one of the most unique
monster trucks in the world. The
Bush Hog was originally built with 2-1/2 ton axles but they
did not hold up to car crushing so, they were soon replaced by 10 ton Mack Military
axles and now the BUSH HOG was able to get some air
and stay together. Broad siding cars with no ramps were a favorite. The
Bush Hog was also able to pull a tractor
pulling sled, which was a must for monster trucks back in the good
ole days! While performing in Manistee, Michigan, in 1991, a
routine wheel stand turns fatal for the original 1950 steel body.
Sporting it's new
light weight fiberglass body, the new
started flying higher than ever. This 1950 fiberglass replica was
built by Creative Glass out of Tennessee. In 1992, Jocelyn started
driving the Bush Hog full time due to the
overwhelming support of the fans...not to mention she did not break
as many parts as Jeff did. With Jocelyn behind the wheel, Bush
Hog was performing at fair and festivals all
over the Midwest, dazzling fans and setting the ground work for what
would become an unforgettable monster truck driving career. As
monster trucks became more popular, so did come the need for ride
trucks so, Bush Hog played double duty not only
as a race truck but also giving rides and doing parades. The
Bush Hog was painted and detailed by SCOTT'S
SIGN'S of Grandville, Michigan, with Martin Seniour Paints donated
by NAPA AUTO PARTS. Bush Hog was sold to
Dave Rife of Fowlerville, Michigan, in 1997, and now races under the
name of Harley Bad Boy. It was a very sad day for us departing with
the old girl after 10 years of great service.
In 1993, Jeff &
Jocelyn started construction of the
Slick Willy Monster Truck. It was to become the
only 8' inverted leaf spring 1940 Willy's monster truck in the
world. Weighing in at 11,600 pounds and using 36" of suspension
travel, Slick Willy proved to be very competitive. With the unique body style and
suspension, it did not take long for this truck to become a crowd
favorite. This unique suspension was designed by AB SPRING SERVICE
in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A very special THANK YOU goes to CHARLIE BIDGOOD for everything he put into this design. The
monster truck may not be one of the lightest trucks but it is
definitely one of the loudest. It is powered by a CHEVY 482 blown
injected on alcohol motor. THANK YOU to MORE POWER ENGINES in
Sparta, Michigan, for the awesome 1500 HP Motor.
Perrin's sold the BUSH HOG, they both were in competition together.
Of course Jocelyn's 482 blower motor beat out Jeff's 454 carbureted gas
motor, but Jeff still thinks he is a better driver.
The Perrin family and
a few good men started the rebuilding of
Slick Willy in
May of 2000. They decided the truck needed to go on a diet to stay
competitive. The new suspension would still have the leaf springs,
only lighter, and also four new comb nitrogen shocks. During
testing in their backyard, everything was looking good!
Jeff selected some
very bright colors to show off the new suspension and SCOTT'S SIGN'S
added some highlights to the flames as well as a checkered flag. We
can't say enough THANK YOU's to CHARLIE BIDGOOD and the many
friends who worked several late nights and many weekends to get the
truck ready for competition. 2001 was a great racing season even
though we started out with a roll over in Saginaw, Michigan.
Due to a second roll
over in August of 2001, the Perrin's decided to repaint the truck
and give it a new name...the Slick Willy Monster Truck was repainted
in November of 2001 and changed over to Lil' Miss
Dangerous...special THANKS to all the guys at SCOTT'S SIGNS.
The Lil Miss
Dangerous monster was then repainted in July of 2002 and changed
over to Willy Badd...special thanks to everyone at THE SCREEN PRINT
DEPT. The Willy Badd body was a temporary for the Summer of 2002
shows. After Jeff's rollover in Lil Miss Dangerous destroying the body
at a race in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The team
then decided to change the name while Jeff continued to drive. But at the
Monroe, Michigan and Hancock, Michigan shows, They called in
Frank Krmel, long time Avenger Racing crew chief to drive.
Since the Willy Badd
body was a replacement from July to October 2002, Perrin Motor
Sports went back to the Lil Miss Dangerous paint. Jocelyn now was
back in the drivers seat after giving birth to her 2nd child, Natalie
In August of 2003, the Lil Miss
Dangerous Hot Wheels toy hit the shelves of stores all over the world. The
Lil Miss Dangerous toy is one of the coolest looking Monster Jam toys on the
shelves today. You can purchase a die cast replica, check out what we have
in our store.
In late 2003 the Perrins
decided it was time to clean up the truck a little bit, the truck was
stripped down to the frame and everything was cleaned and repainted. The
frame was now a bright yellow to match the Hot Wheels replica.
In late 2003 the Perrin's
decided to build a monster ride truck with a military theme to honor the
great men and women serving our country. Jeff's idea was to create a
military truck called Defcon 1. In the Spring of 2004 Defcon 1 made it's
debut at the local parade, everyone including veterans and military
personnel loved it.
After several rollovers in 2004 and 2005 the Perrin's wild multicolored
paint job body was pretty much totaled... thanks to everyone at Scott's
Signs and the Screen Print Department. Jocelyn hit the track with all new vinyl decals
until the multicolored body would be presentable again. The Lil Miss
Dangerous Too body instantly became popular and the Perrin's toured most of
2005 with it.
In 2006 Perrin Motor Sports began
touring with George Eisenhart and the Monster Nationals series. It
was a breath of fresh air as Jeff, Jocelyn, and family cruised
through 2006 taking multiple wins in freestyle.
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