Throughout the years, professional sports and the R/C world have experienced some unique connections. Many athletes, specifically race car drivers and motocross/supercross riders, have flocked to the radio-control hobby as a way to unwind (and still fuel their passion for competition and speed).
The latest pro-sports-to-R/C connection comes in the form of a Monster Jam Monster Truck driver, Bari Musawwir. Bari, who drives “Zombie”, and has a history filled with experience in the radio-controlled vehicle hobby, has joined Team Futaba.
In this 2014 interview, Bari (who was then driving the Spider-Man truck, shares a few of his thoughts on how his experience with R/C vehicles translated into his becoming a monster truck driver.
Bari Musawwir, a professional monster truck driver, is joining Team Futaba. For him, the combination of RC and full-scale professional driving is ful lling a lifelong dream.
Musawwir is getting to do exactly what he dreamed of as a kid. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, building plastic models, drawing and designing his own cars, and modifying them. When he got a little older, he started racing RC cars competitively.
RC helped get Musawwir into professional driving, and also helps him in the full-scale arena. It’s “almost like a simulator because the laws of physics and inertia still apply. You jump an RC vehicle just like a full size truck. I take that knowledge and experience and apply it to what I’m doing in the monster truck. It really helps out; you can set up for a turn the same way you set up a turn in an RC vehicle.”
With a career that has taken him to many countries, earned him awards, and will undoubtedly provide insights into upcoming RC races with Team Futaba, Musawwir really is living the dream.
Team Futaba is looking forward to seeing his talents displayed for the RC community in the upcoming season.
Image credit: Futaba