Why Is Meridith Doulton Considered a Big Wheel? 'Cause Monster Truck Fans Have a Real Crush on Her

updated 02/22/1988 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/22/1988 01:00AM

Okay, so when a lot of guys hear that Meridith May Doulton crushes cars they say, "So what? My wife does that all the time." Yeah, but the difference is that Doulton does it in monster trucks—12-foot-tall, $150,000 custom-built jobbies with six-foot-diameter tires. The other difference is that Doulton, 33, does it for a living, getting $2,000 to $5,000 for a weekend of bouncing her truck over a row of four to 12 junk cars, reducing them to scrap metal as the only professional woman driver on the monster truck circuit.

A former sixth-grade French teacher, Meridith was working in public relations when she met Seth Doulton, 34. Seth wanted her help in promoting monster truck competition—trash-bashing extravaganzas that have been drawing sell-out crowds to coliseums across the country. Meridith took the account in 1982, took Seth's hand in marriage in 1984 and first took the driver's seat of a monster truck in 1985. She finds it relaxing, especially when she flies her truck over six cars before demolishing them. "I'm nervous and anxious before I do," says Meridith, who lives in Woodland Hills, Calif. "But I love the calmness that comes after it. Boy, do I get a good night's sleep."

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