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Grave Digger
Digger
Grave Digger

Drivers

Dennis Anderson, Pablo Huffaker, Charlie Pauken, Gary Porter, Randy Brown, Chad Tingler, Carl Van Horn, John Zimmer, Colton Meents Eichelberger

Year Created

1982

Body Style

1950 Chevy Panel Truck (Formerly 1951 Ford Panel Truck)

Grave Digger is a monster truck owned by Feld Motorsports.  Active for more than 30 years, there are 8 competing Grave Digger vehicles competing on the Monster Jam circuit.

History Edit

In 1982, Dennis Anderson created his mud racer, Grave Digger. The name came from a smack-talking session he had with his rivals ("I'll take this old junk and dig you a grave with it."). In 1986 Dennis Anderson started racing monster trucks full time. The truck became super popular, despite lack of sponsorship that trucks like Bigfoot (Which was sponsored by Ford) had. His first major victory was in Saint Paul, Minnesota, against the Bigfoot. In 1989 he switched from a 1951 Ford Panel truck to a 1950 Chevrolet Panel truck. Two years later, he debuted Grave Digger (III), the first four-link Grave Digger. 

In 1998, Dennis sold team Grave Digger to PACE Motorsports (now Feld Motorsports).  Dispite no longer owning the truck, he is still arguably it's most popular driver. 

In 2002, Grave Digger celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

In 2003, Dennis Anderson suffered an injury, keeping him out of World Finals 4.

In 2006, Dennis suffered an injury and his son, Adam, would drive Grave Digger for part of the season in 2007.

In 2007, Grave Digger celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

In 2012, Grave Digger celebrated its 30th Anniversary

In 2015, three Grave Diggers competed in World Finals 16, with Dennis driving a black and green Grave Digger, Colton Eichelberger driving a purple Grave Digger, and Charlie Pauken driving a green Grave Digger.

Versions Edit

There have been 29 versions of Grave Digger to date.  There is no Grave Digger XIII due to superstition about the number 13.  The number of the truck is often displayed on the front of the hood.   

Version

Information
Grave Digger 1 Built in 1982. It recently was on display at the Monster Jam World Finals 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada for his twenty-fifth anniversary. It is now on display outside Digger's Dungeon in Poplar Branch, North Carolina. It is in poor condition
Grave Digger 2 Built in 1989. Leaf-sprung Grave Digger. It is now on display outside Digger's Dungeon.
Grave Digger 3 Built in 1991. The first four-link suspension Grave Digger. It was sold and was Inferno. The chassis is retired now.
Grave Digger 4 Leaf-sprung Grave Digger. Had the shortest lifespan of all the Grave Digger trucks.
Grave Digger 5 Also had a short lifespan and was sold to another team. The body is in the Digger's Dungeon shop and kids may climb on it.
Grave Digger 6 Rebuilt as the Son Uva Digger mudbogger for Ryan Anderson.
Grave Digger 7 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Dennis Anderson won his first championship in this monster truck. It now sits outside Digger's Dungeon.
Grave Digger 8 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Retired chassis. Was part of a museum exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. Was in Monster Trucks: The Science of Extreme Machines.
Grave Digger 9 Ride truck. Sold, and is now the Extinguisher ride truck.
Grave Digger 10 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Used to be driven by Pablo Huffaker, but is now scrapped.
Grave Digger 11 Ride truck. Sold to Randy Moore, who turned it into War Wizard ride, who sold it to Randy Brown, who soon turned it into Pure Adrenaline ride, and later Grave Digger Ride.  The truck has since been reaquired by Feld.
Grave Digger 12 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Used to be driven by Gary Porter, but is now scrapped.
Grave Digger 14 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Dennis Anderson from 2001 to 2003 and was driven by Randy Brown from 2004 to 2006. Was driven by Chad Tingler until 2010, when it was retired due to extensive damage.
Grave Digger 15 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Charlie Pauken from 2001 to 2009.
Grave Digger 16 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Retired after 2013.
Grave Digger 17

Pro Modified Drag Racer driven by Alan Pittman. Retired.

Grave Digger 18 Retired Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Formerly Driven by Rod Schmidt. 
Grave Digger 19 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Dennis Anderson from 2004 to 2006 and was driven by Randy Brown from 2007 to 2014.
Grave Digger 20 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Dennis Anderson from 2006 to 2013.
Grave Digger 21 Four-link suspension Grave Digger Experience truck. People can climb into the cab of the Grave Digger and watch a video presentation.
Grave Digger 22 Originally Batman from 2006 to 2008. Was driven By Charlie Pauken from 2009 to 2013.
Grave Digger 23 Built in 2010 and has been driven by Carl Van Horn since 2011
Grave Digger 24 Currently driven by Chad Tingler
Grave Digger 25 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Currently driven by Colton Eichelberger.
Grave Digger 26

Was built in 2012 and has been driven by Jon Zimmer since 2013.

Grave Digger 27 Was built in 2012 and has been driven by Charlie Pauken since 2013.
Grave Digger 28 Driven by Pablo Huffaker since 2014.
Grave Digger 29 Built in 2014 and is currently driven by Randy Brown
Grave Digger 30 Currently driven by Dennis Anderson

Championships Edit

  • 1999 Dennis Anderson (Points)
  • 2000 Dennis Anderson (Freestyle)
  • 2002 Dennis Anderson (Points)
  • 2003 Gary Porter (Points)
  • 2004 Randy Brown (Points)
  • 2004 Dennis Anderson (Racing)
  • 2006 Dennis Anderson (Racing)
  • 2010 Dennis Anderson (Racing)

Digger's DungeonEdit

Digger's Dungeon in North Carolina serves as the official home of Grave Digger. It houses various Feld vehicles from time to time. It features a gift shop and museum of various Grave Digger parts, trophies, and merchandise.

GalleryEdit

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