Zane Rettew Reflects On How Much Has Changed Over The Years
May 30, 2020
While the world around us continues to return to normalcy after the outbreak of the global pandemic, Zane Rettew took some time to share a picture of the very first Stinger Monster Truck and reflect on how far he and the entire Rettew Motorsports team have come since its founding in 2011. Next season, 2021, will be the the 10 year anniversary of the Stinger monster truck.
"It’s funny, I get panic attacks now, thinking of myself [back] then. The financial strain, all the unknowns, everything that could have went wrong that didn’t. So many people telling this, then 22 year old kid, that he was going to fail. [Some of them perhaps] hoping he did?
I’m not sure what kept the fight alive? The haters, the passion I have when I put my mind to something, or maybe just the fact that Lindsey Rettew and I were young parents of a 3 year old boy, and we wanted the best future we could provide for him?
Regardless of what drove us, I wouldn’t trade the path we winded down for anything . The stressful times, the financially strained times, the tempers, the fights, the break downs along the road.... Wouldn’t trade it for anything. Its helped us grow as a couple, grow as a family and grow as a team.
I was an immature punk-ass kid; I just wanted a monster truck and was bound to make it happen. I was always rough around the edges but I have grown since then and strive every day to be a better man, husband and father than I was the day before - some days I win, some days I lose . But [it's not all a] loss if I learn from it and make the choice to live the best life I can with my family and friends.
Thank you to everyone that took a chance on me back then. Bryan Wagner (All Star Monster Truck Tour), Danny Torgerson (Monster X Tour), Brian Manson and John Darnell. Thanks to the guys who always answered my calls, even at 2am because I needed help setting timing or chasing a problem, Bill Payne (Rockstar Monster Truck).
Most importantly, because I don’t say it enough: Thank you to the Thousands of fans that manage to put a smile on my face at the pit party. When they come up and tell me they look up to me, or I’m their son's hero, sometimes even I forget what it was like to be that kid. I love what I do, and regardless of how much money we don’t have in the bank when we roll into town on Thursday night, I promised you all when we built Stinger Unleashed that there was no more taking it easy. When we show up to town we are there to make you [remember] we were there.
Much love , stay safe and I can’t wait to get back at it."