Not your average ‘show and tell’
When Bobby Isbell’s daughter, Stella, asked her father if he would bring his monster truck, “Megatron,” to Clinkscale Elementary for show and tell, he didn’t hesitate to say yes.
Stella’s teacher, Ms. Hammons, didn’t think it was a literal monster truck.
“I sent her a picture and she was surprised,” Isbell said. “She thought I meant like a toy truck.”
Once he got the ok from the school, it was showtime for Isbell and Megatron.
“My daughters adore that truck, they are my biggest fans,” Isbell said. “They’ve always wanted me to take it up to the school.”
Children paid 100 ‘Clinkscale dollars’ to take a picture with the truck and had been saving up their Clinkscale dollars for over a month.
“I didn’t think there would be many kids, but probably 200 to 300 kids came out,” Isbell said. “I was there the whole day and really enjoyed it.”
Isbell has had Megatron for about five years. At the time he built it, it was the biggest truck in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
“The tires are almost a foot taller than what you would see in a typical ‘monster truck’ in an arena,” he said. “Megatron started out as a 2004 Dodge Ram SRT Ten. That is basically the Viper of a truck.”
Isbell left his job in the oilfield industry four years ago to build trucks full-time.
“I love my kids and really wanted to be home more,” Isbell said. “This allows me to do that.”
Since then he has built trucks for people all over the country and has been sponsored by the event, ‘Rednecks With Paychecks,’ and has had his truck featured on television, including a Super Bowl commercial.
“I guess I was on the forefront of it,” he said. “I’ve been busy with customers ever since.”
Isbell has made a name for himself in the industry and people flock to him to modify their trucks.
“A couple of Texas Rangers have come to me with their street vehicles,” Isbell said. “I’ve dealt with some pretty high-profile people.”
Business has been so good in fact, that he has had to open a larger workshop in Alvarado.
“I’m excited for what the future holds,” Isbell said. “I’m fortunate I get to do something I love every day.”