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Grave Digger
Digger
Grave Digger

Drivers

Dennis Anderson, Pablo Huffaker, Charlie Pauken, Randy Brown, Carl Van Horn, Jon Zimmer, Adam Anderson, Morgan Kane, Cole Venard

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 9 competing Grave Digger vehicles competing on the Monster Jam circuit. Grave Digger is in every Monster Jam game from Maximum Destruction to Urban Assault to As Big as it Gets to Crush It.

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. 

I 2000, Dennis Anderson and Grave Digger were invited to Monster Jam World Finals 1 and won the freestyle championship there with a score of 40.

in 2001 Dennis Anderson Debuts Grave Digger # 14 will looking forward to Defend the World Freestyle Championship as a buddy on pay per view broadcast at monster jam world finals II

In 2002, Grave Digger celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

In 2003, Dennis Anderson suffered an injury, keeping him out of World Finals 4. Grave Digger was driven by Pablo Huffaker

In 2004, Grave Digger won the racing championship at Monster Jam World Finals 5, taking out Pablo Huffaker driving Blacksmith.

In 2006, Dennis suffered an injury Until the World Finals 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.

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Old tool

In 2016, a new chrome paint scheme will debut along with Dennis's son Adam driving Grave Digger for the Fox Sports 1 Championship Series while lifelong friend of the Anderson boys Morgan Kane will switch from Max D to Grave Digger and Adam's long time crew chief Cole Venard will also join the team with the two competing in the More Monster Jam series. Charlie Pauken, Pablo Huffaker, Randy Brown, Carl Van Horn & Jon Zimmer will all return. In World Finals 17 Morgan Kane in Grave Digger took home racing. Adam Anderson in Grave Digger won freestyle.

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New tool

In 2016, a new Grave Digger mold was released, the first time in 16 years that the original mold, created in 2000 as one of the original 4 toys, was altered. This new design which went unnoticed at first until fans found the differences, being a more round body, new front clip, and overall, a more realistic design. The problem was that the design never showed the "New tool" deco on the packaging, and it shared the exact same packaging as the old style. Another version of Grave Digger was released, but this time, the roof artwork is different.

2017- Tyler Menninga will be joinging the team and will run the More Monster Jam tour along with Cole Venard. Morgan Kane and Adam Anderson will be running the Fox Sports 1 Series . Dennis Anderson and Charlie Pauken will be running the two Stadium Tours and Randy Brown and Pablo Huffaker will be running two of the other  Arena Tours. The truck will also have it's first female driver, Krysten Anderson, who will be on the more monster jam tour.

TriviaEdit

  • Grave Digger is one of 4 trucks owned by FELD that was sold to them, rather than created by them (The other 3 being Bulldozer, Carolina Crusher, and Son-Uva Digger).
  • The tombstones on the side of Grave Digger represent different trucks that Grave Digger has beaten out in racing finals throughout the years.

Versions Edit

There have been 31 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 13 Grave Digger 13 was never built due to superstition regarding the number 13, just as Bigfoot 13 was (although Grave Digger 7 was nicknamed Grave Digger 13 after it was rebuilt in 2000).
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 2008.
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 2005 and was driven by Randy Brown from 2007 to 2014.
Grave Digger 20 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Dennis Anderson from 2005 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 2012.
Grave Digger 23 Built in 2010 and has been driven by Carl Van Horn since 2011.
Grave Digger 24 Retired four-link suspension Grave Digger. Driven by Chad Tingler from 2011-2015.
Grave Digger 25 Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Morgan Kane won the 2016 World Finals 17 Racing competition in this chassis.
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.
Grave Digger 31 Cohen-designed chassis race truck. Driven by Cole Venard since 2016.
Grave Digger 32 Cohen-designed chassis race truck. Driven by Adam Anderson since 2016.
Grave Digger 33

Brand new Chassis, will be driven by Morgan Kane.

Grave Digger 34 Band new chassis, currently under construction.


exempt trucks

Version

Information
Grave Digger's Boneyard Shuttle An unofficial truck from the Grave Digger Fleet: a bus themed ride truck.
K'nex Grave Digger Built in 2012; a display truck built entirely out of K'nex pieces.

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)
  • 2016 Morgan Kane (Racing) and Adam Anderson (Freestyle)

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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