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I Check the Truck Over, Smoke a Marlboro, Down a Monster Energy Drink and Smash the Pedal

I Check the Truck Over, Smoke a Marlboro, Down a Monster Energy Drink and Smash the Pedal

When Jake Burton requested the heaviest metal intro song for his run with the Mega Truck Series, we knew he was destined for Wheels Deep BadA$$ of the Week! Burton works on and restores cars and trucks for a living, but WildChild has become his baby.

Truck Name: WildChild
Driver: Jake Burton
Years Owned: 4
Truck Model: 1999 2500 crew cab Chevy
Engine: Blown injected on alcohol 540Ci big block Chevy
Tires/Lift: 14.9×24 r2 bkt Favorite Park: West Georgia Mud Park
Fun Fact About You and/or Your Truck: Not sure how fun it was, but I broke my back in the truck the first year it was finished. Not having the proper safety equipment will get you every time. I ordered all the right stuff while I was laid up in the hospital……Jessie Burton (the wife) was not very happy about it.
Facebook: Burtons Kreative Motorwerks

WD: What got you in to the mud biz? How long have you been at it?
Burton: From a very young age I’ve always had a love for monster trucks and jacked up trucks.  The mega truck scene really appealed to me, couldn’t get enough of it in Mudlife Mag or youtube. The timing was right in my family’s life and it was time for dad to have something cool again…. lol.  Out came WildChild.

WD: How did your truck get it’s name?
Burton: When I was a kid a huge portion of my after school life was spent building model cars and listening to heavy metal music. My favorite band through junior high was WASP, my favorite song by them was “WildChild”. Mom and Dad hated it!!..lol. While I was building the truck the first time, I had Pandora on in the shop every night. I had been trying to come up with a name for the truck for quite some time. One night, halfway through the build Wasp came on the radio and it just so happened to be the song Wildchild… it hit me like everything had come full circle from building model cars as a kid and dream of the the days when I’d be doing it for real. There was no way I could have named it anything else.

Take a listen to “WildChild” by W.A.S.P here.

WD: Married? Kids? Are they involved?
Burton: I’ve been married for 18yrs to the greatest person I know. Jessie puts up with a lot of late nights at the shop. She supports me in everything I do from running the hot rod and fab shop (Burtons Kreative Motorwerks), racing our landspeed car, driving the megatruck, and everything else I do. Together we have three kids;  Caleb, Taylor, and Toni. The kids love what I do and enjoy going to the mud parks with me. They all would like to own they’re own mega trucks some day. My oldest and youngest are involved with the family business. Caleb the oldest, works full time at the shop with me and Toni works part time everyday after she gets out of school.

WD: If you could get behind the wheel of any other truck which would it be? A favorite truck besides your own?
Burton: I would love a chance to drive Louisianimal.  But one of my favorite trucks and the one that really got me interested in the mega truck scene is Dirt Pro.

WD: What keeps you in the game?
Burton: The adrenaline rush from stepping on the skinny pedal is what keeps me into it. Every time I change something on the truck it gets better and better. It’s a huge motivation to keep going.

WD: Do you have any rituals or habits prior to a race day?
Burton: No rituals really. Just check the truck over, smoke a Marlboro, down a Monster energy drink, and smash the pedal….lol.

WD: What’s one fun non-mud related fact we might not know about you?
Burton: I, with the help of three other guys hold 3 landspeed records in the ECTA.

WD: If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?
Burton: I would like to take my wife to the Florida Keys. haven’t made it there and she would love it.

WD: What do you think the most important part of a truck is?
Burton: The most important part of any vehicle is the proper safety equipment. followed by the proper suspension. without good suspension under you it makes for a very rough landing, and it will definitely hurt.

WD: What is your daily driver?
Burton: I drive a 2011 Chevy 2500hd crew cab. its lifted 7.5″ with 35s on 20×12 Motometals. The truck is also my tow rig for the Wildchild.

WD: What is on the Horizon for you/your truck?
Burton: I’m going to continue to run Wildchild for a while. My plan is to start building a new truck in the fall of 2016 for the 2017 season. then I will retire WildChild.

Photo Credit: Source Offroad/Chris Hamilton
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Photo Credit: Burtons Creative Motorwerks
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Photo Credit: Burtons Creative Motorwerks
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Photo Credit: Burtons Creative Motorwerks
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Photo Credit: Burtons Creative Motorwerks
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Photo Credit: Brian Copley
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Photo Credit: Caiden Copley
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Photo Credit: Burtons Creative Motorwerks
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