Bigfoot #18 circa 2011
Mike Miller, Darron Schnell, Rodney Tweedy, Larry Swim and Christian Norman
Desert Trophy Truck
Bigfoot was created in 1976. It was originally Bob Chandler's 4x4 pickup truck. In 1979, Bigfoot became a common sight at truck and tractor pulls. In 1981, Bigfoot received much attention from a car crush at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Bigfoot's first sponsorship was Ford, which ran on the truck from 1986 to 2007. Microsoft sponsored Bigfoot from 1996 to 2001. Their relation lead to the creation of the video game Monster Truck Madness, and the Bigfoot XBOX monster truck. Other sponsorships have includes Summit, Firestone and WCW.
There are currently 20 Bigfoot trucks built over the years. Bigfoot 21 is currently the latest truck however, there is no Bigfoot 13 due to superstition making 21 actually the 20th truck.
|Bigfoot 1||Built in 1975; now a display truck|
|Bigfoot 2||Built in 1982; sold to an independent owner in 2000|
|Bigfoot 3||Built in 1983; sold to an EMT financial fund in 2000|
|Bigfoot 4||Built in 1984; sold in 2007|
|Bigfoot 5||Built in 1986; display truck with ten-foot tall tires|
|Bigfoot 6||Built in 1986; sold in 1994|
|Bigfoot 7||Built in 1987; now a display truck|
|Bigfoot 8||Built in 1988; became a display in 2003|
|Bigfoot 9||Built in 1990; lost in a customs debate in 1998|
|Bigfoot 10||Built in 1991; Retired after extensive damage in 2015|
|Bigfoot 11||Built in 1992; Retired after extensive damage in 2015|
|Bigfoot 12||Built in 1992; tours with Ron Bachmann|
|Bigfoot 14*||Built in 1993; driven by Larry Swim|
|Bigfoot 15||Built in 1993; driven by Darron Schnell|
|Bigfoot 15.5||Built circa 1999; driven by Doug Noelke as an alternate name for Big Dawg|
|Bigfoot 16||Built in 2007; Retired after extensive Damage|
|Bigfoot 17||Built in 2003; driven by Nigel Morris|
|Bigfoot 18||Built in 2011; driven by Josh Gibson|
|Bigfoot 19||Built in 2012; driven by Darron Schnell|
|Bigfoot 20||Built in 2012; electric powered; display truck|
|Bigfoot 21||Built in 2014: Driven by Larry Swim|
|Bigfoot Shuttle||Built in 1985; van body; sold in 2002|
|Bigfoot Fastrax||Built in 1988; treaded offroad vehicle; sold around 2015|
|Bigfoot Ranger||Built in 1985; driven by Marilyn Chandler; sold in 1996|
*Bigfoot #13 was skipped due to supersition.
Other Bigfoot Facts
- There are over 40 different Bigfoot paint schemes that have been used on Bigfoot trucks since its debut.
- There is no Bigfoot 13. After Bigfoot 12 was constructed, it was decided that the next Bigfoot truck to be built would be called Bigfoot 14, due to superstition about the number 13. However, Race Rock Vegas Bigfoot, a shell version of a rebuilt Bigfoot 7 at Race Rock Orlando, was known as Bigfoot 13.
- In 1998, Bigfoot 9 took a tour of Brazil. When it was due to return to the United States, however, a customs incident in Brazil caused the truck to be confiscated. It is currently used by an independent company in Brazil, and legal obstacles have made it all but impossible for the truck to return to the United States.
- Bigfoot got its name when Bob Chandler asked friend Ron Magruder why he was breaking so many parts on his truck. Magruder responded, "It's because of your big foot."
- Dan Runte, driving Bigfoot 14, set a then world monster truck long jump record on September 11, 1999 in Smyrna, Tennessee, when he jumped the truck a total of 202 feet, clearing a 727 jetliner in the process. After Joe Sylvester in Bad Habit took the record in 2012 (then at 208 feet), Dan Runte once again reclaimed the record in Bigfoot 18 with a jump of 214 feet 8 inches in Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 16, 2012.
- Dan Runte also possesses the 1/8-mile speed record for a monster truck. He piloted Bigfoot 16 to a speed of 86.56 mph in Norwalk, Ohio, on September 25, 2010.
- In 2003, Nigel Morris partnered with Bob Chandler to build Bigfoot 17, the first Bigfoot to compete exclusively outside of the United States. Bigfoot 17 competes primarily in the United Kingdom.
- Bigfoot has several alternative names and identities for their trucks when two of their trucks are scheduled at a show. Among these have been "Summit Bigfoot", "Power Wheels Bigfoot", "Tonka", "Xbox", "WildFoot" and "Snake Bite". Currently, a Vi-Cor Sponsored truck, known unofficially as "Bigfoot Bessie", competes with a cow-themed paint scheme.
- Snake Bite (using Bigfoot 4's chassis) was originally driven by Gene Patterson, under the pseudonym of Colt Cobra. He wore a mask to hide his identity and came from the fictional town of Cobra Creek, Colorado. Eric Meagher became Colt Cobra in 1993 (now with Bigfoot 8's chassis) when Gene drove Bigfoot No. 10 to second place behind Andy Brass in Bigfoot #11. Dan Runte drove it as Ricky Rattler for a short time, but Ricky also came from Cobra Creek, Colorado. Since 1997, a regular Bigfoot driver under his own name has been driving Snake Bite. Recently there is a new pseudonym named Peter Python that debuted at the Midwest Four-Wheel Drive Open house for 2009. For that show it was portrayed by Larry Swim. The newist incarnation is Vinny Venom, who was introduced in 2016.
- There was an animated cartoon featuring the Bigfoot Monster Truck, Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines in the 1980s. The truck has been frequently licensed for use in toys.
- Bigfoot is referenced in two different episodes of Futurama.
- A video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System of the same name was released in 1990 by Acclaim Entertainment.
- Bigfoot was one of the main characters of the animated series, The Power Team. It (or "he" in the show) was added to advertise the NES game above.
- A Discovery Kids TV series called Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks was released in 2006.
- The same children's TV series features Bigfoot as a character. He has a son named Little Tow (LT for short).
- A new "Ms. Bigfoot" debuted in April 2010, driven by Amber Walker.
- A Bigfoot video game was created by Acclaim in 1990. To advertise it, Bigfoot was a character in Acclaim's TV show.