About the driver
Mike Crawford's enthusiasm for monster trucks began in the mid 80s when his buddy Gary Porter, the owner of Carolina Crusher, enlisted him to help out as he traveled to shows. As he helped Gary on the road and in the shop, he began to gain an abundance of knowledge about monster trucks. It didn't take long for Mike to catch the monster truck bug. He began work on his own monster truck, and the original Crazy Horse was born.
Mike started out doing local displays, mud bogs and parades with his truck, but eventually started racing Crazy Horse, too. He raced against many other up and coming drivers and was having the time of his life. One of his most memorable moments as a monster truck driver was when Gary asked him to drive the Carolina Crusher at the Greensboro, NC coliseum where he won the racing event.
The original Crazy Horse was sold in the mid 90s, but the love for monster trucks never left Mike. He got married, had children, and enjoyed taking his family to monster truck races to watch their favorite driver, Gary Porter, race the Carolina Crusher and Grave Digger. It was at one of these shows that he and his family watched a monster truck with seats on the back, ride people around during intermission. His wife turned to him and asked, "If you still had your monster truck, could we make a ride truck out of it?" Thus began the building of Crazy Horse~ the Ride.
Now monster trucking is a family affair. The Monster Truck Ranch is a way for the whole Crawford Family to be involved with Mike's love for these huge trucks. However, instead of racing, he now can be found at the MTR on any given weekend, making a kid`s or adult`s day by driving him/her around on the back of Crazy Horse~ the Ride.