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Meet the World’s Youngest Female Monster Truck Driver

Even before she was old enough to legally drive a car, Rosalee Ramer knew how to make her 10,000-pound truck do exactly what she wanted.

By | January 15, 2016

“If you’re gonna tell me that I can’t do something, I’m gonna show you that I can,” says Rosalee Ramer — a claim that she has more than backed up. After learning to drive from her father, professional monster truck driver Kelvin Ramer, Rosalee turned pro herself — at the tender age of fourteen.

Despite being underestimated by some in the monster truck community, Ramer continues to pursue her passion. “The first thing I do is go out and hit anything anyone thinks I can’t hit and then I get to watch them kind of destroy their trucks trying to do one better than me,” says Ramer, who is now attending Georgia Tech, studying mechanical engineering.

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Additional production support by Chris Pietsch, Patricia Cordell and Luanne Dietz

This video was a product of Story Arc (Formerly The Portland Workshop) a program sponsored by The University of Oregon School of Journalism and The Agora Journalism Center.

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