Bigfoot #1 is considered the original monster truck and is an iconic vehicle in the world of monster truck racing and exhibitions. It was created in 1974 by Bob Chandler, who owned a 1974 Ford F-250 4x4 pickup truck. Bob wanted to showcase the capabilities of his truck by modifying it into a larger-than-life vehicle that could crush cars and perform stunts. This idea led to the birth of Bigfoot, the first monster truck.
The modifications to Bigfoot #1 included installing huge 66-inch tires, which were sourced from agricultural equipment. These gigantic tires gave the truck its monstrous appearance and helped it roll over cars with ease. The term "monster truck" was coined when Bigfoot made its debut at local events, becoming an instant crowd-pleaser.
Bigfoot #1 gained immense popularity and became the basis for the entire monster truck industry. Its success inspired others to build their own monster trucks and participate in events all over the United States. The rise of monster truck competitions led to the creation of various leagues and championships, where these colossal trucks would compete in racing, freestyle events, and car crushing demonstrations.
Over the years, Bigfoot has gone through several versions and upgrades, and it remains a beloved figure in the monster truck community. It has been featured in movies, television shows, and various media, cementing its status as the original and most iconic monster truck. Bigfoot's legacy continues to live on as new generations of monster trucks pay tribute to its influence and impact on the world of motorsports.
1974 Ford F-250 Monster Truck with 66-Inch Tires (to 1:18 scale)