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Grave Digger
Grave digger truck
Phoenix 2006

Drivers

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

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.  

Versions Edit

There have been 28 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 (I) 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.
Grave Digger (II) Built in 1989. Leaf-sprung Grave Digger. It is now on display outside Digger's Dungeon.
Grave Digger (III) Built in 1991. The first four-link suspension Grave Digger. It was sold and was Inferno. The chassis is retired now.
Grave Digger (IV) Leaf-sprung Grave Digger. Had the shortest lifespan of all the Grave Digger trucks.
Grave Digger (V) 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 (VI) Rebuilt as the Son Uva Digger mudbogger for Ryan Anderson.
Grave Digger (VII) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Dennis Anderson won his first championship in this monster truck. It now sits outside Digger's Dungeon.
Grave Digger (VIII) 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 (XIV) Ride truck. Sold, and is now the Extinguisher ride truck.
Grave Digger (X) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Used to be driven by Pablo Huffaker, but is now scrapped.
Grave Digger (XI) 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 (XII) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Used to be driven by Gary Porter, but is now scrapped.
Grave Digger (XIII) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. The nickname of Grave Digger (VII) when rebuilt in 1999.
Grave Digger (XIV) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Used to be driven by Chad Tingler, but was retired due to extensive chassis damage.
Grave Digger (XV) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Used to be driven by Charlie Pauken, but was retired due to extensive chassis damage.
Grave Digger (XVI) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Currently driven by Pablo Huffaker.
Grave Digger (XVII)

Pro Modified Drag Racer driven by Alan Pittman. Retired.

Grave Digger (XVIII) Retired Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Formerly Driven by Rod Schmidt. 
Grave Digger (XIX) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Currently driven by Randy Brown.
Grave Digger (XX) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Currently driven by Dennis Anderson.
Grave Digger (XXI) Four-link suspension Grave Digger Experience truck. People can climb into the cab of the Grave Digger and watch a video presentation.
Grave Digger (XXII) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Used to run as the Batman monster truck from 2006 to 2008. Currently driven by Charlie Pauken.
Grave Digger (XXIII) Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Currently driven by Gary Porter.
Grave Digger (XXIV)

Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Currently driven by Chad Tingler.

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 vechicles from time to time.   It features a gift shop and museum of various Grave Digger parts, trophies, and merchendise.

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