In a city far, far away there was born a monster who roamed the stadiums, crushing everything in its path. With feet of 4,000 pounds and power of 1200 horses it roars with a challenge to all ... "Ever wonder what kind of truck Godzilla might drive if he needed a family pickup? Well this is it."
Thus begins The Living Legend - Bigfoot 4x4x4
, a VHS tape from 1987, celebrating the father of monster trucks, Bigfoot.
The opening video continues in two more parts (part 2
, part 3
) or it's conveniently edited down to a 3 minute music video, set to the song "Legend of Bigfoot"
. But Bigfoot lives on" you say, "aren't there any more current video compilations?" The answer is yes yes yes! Here's the hour long Bigfoot 25th Anniversary Collection
, narrated by none other than Bob Chandler
, one of the original guys behind Bigfoot, and Jim Kramer
, who has been driving Bigfoot since 1982. This "video collection" goes back to the first two cars crushed by Bigfoot #1 in 1981
, when it was just a suped-up 4x4 offroad truck, Bigfoot in the Pontiac Silverdome in 1983
, when people could still stand on the stadium floor, and it covers the 1999 record-setting 202-foot jump over a Boeing 272
, and various other achievements and events through 2000. And the video notes that there's not just one Bigfoot. For example, Bigfoot 5 and 10-foot-tall tires
, and in 2012, Bigfoot #20 was their first all-electric monster truck
). You can see more on Bigfoot4x4.com
and the Bigfoot Original YouTube video channel
If you're looking for a general overview of the progression of monster trucks, from their basic 4x4 days to their custom frames with fiberglass shells and 66 inch tall tires, here's a slightly dated "history of monster trucks"
and a timeline for Gravedigger
, another well-recognized monster truck that had its start in the 1980s. Here's a 25th anniversary video collection
and 30th anniversary clips
Since the Boing 272 jump, Joey Sylvester and his truck, Bad Habit, beat the record with a jump of 208 feet in 2010
, then Dan Runte
returned in Bigfoot to reclaim his long-jump record at 219 feet
, but Joe came back
with a 237 feet, six inches record-setting jump