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Early history[ edit ] A former construction worker from the St. The shop moved to Hazelwood, Missouri inwhich remained as Bigfoot's headquarters until when the headquarters was relocated to Pacific, Missouri.
The truck's first attention-grabbing modification came when Chandler heard of an idea proposed to the US Army of making steering capable on both axles of their four-wheeled vehicles, so that in the event of breakage in the front axle, it could simply be switched with the rear axle and held straight with a pin so that the vehicle could resume regular use with steering.
Chandler decided to test that theory on his truck, but in addition would actually enable steering on the rear axle. InChandler started making appearances at truck and tractor pulls, as well as car shows, with his newly christened "Bigfoot" to show off the truck's capabilities as well as to promote his shop.
The truck's growing popularity led to its appearance in the Gus Trikonis film Take This Job and Shove It which also features the early monster truck USA-1 credited under a different name.
Chandler's next experiment would not only change his life and fortune, it would change the motorsports world forever.
InChandler obtained permission from a local farmer to place two dilapidated cars in his field, so that Chandler could videotape himself crushing the cars with Bigfoot as a joke. When Chandler began playing the video in his shop, a man promoting a motorsports event in Columbia, Missouri asked him to duplicate the stunt in front of a crowd.
After initial hesitation because of the destructive image it would convey, Chandler eventually agreed to perform at the event in April of the following year in what is believed to be the first public car crush.
Later that year, a second Bigfoot built to help meet the steadily rising demand to see the vehicle received more major media attention by crushing cars at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
InBigfoot began receiving sponsorship from Ford Motor Companya relationship which continued until Promoters of truck and tractor pulls, such as SRO Motorsports later the United States Hot Rod Association and Golden State Promotions, noticed the exploding popularity of the giant trucks and began booking several to crush cars at their events, with the eventual result being the advent of side-by-side, drag-racing style car crushing events.
A popular example of the early days of monster truck racing is portrayed in the home video release Return of the Monster Trucks, which involves a truck pull, car crushing, and mud bogging all in the same course.
That event, held in the Louisiana Superdomewas won by Bigfoot, as well as most of the events it was entered into in the mids. By this point, Chandler had already built an entire fleet of "Bigfoot" trucks to accommodate the vast demand for his vehicle, which remained as the most popular and marketable monster truck despite the large number of imitators.
InChandler added to his innovations by founding the Monster Truck Racing Association, which remains today as the chief voice in monster truck safety. Another form of competition Chandler faced was the physical size of the competition.
The tires had been previously used by the US Army in Alaska on their overland train in the s.
InChandler built a new truck, "Bigfoot 5", specifically for the tires. Upon its public debut in Indianapolis, Indiana, the truck immediately took the title of the "world's tallest, widest, and heaviest monster truck" and was eventually given official recognition of the title by the Guinness Book of Records in With the frequent broadcasts of monster truck races, the next logical step was to create a championship series of monster truck races.
TNT began the first recognized series inand was dominated by Bigfoot for much of the season. However, upstart rookie Rod Litzau, driving the USA-1 truck, gained momentum and passed Bigfoot in the standings going into the last weekend of the season in Louisville, Kentucky.
With the way the points system and elimination brackets had been structured, Bigfoot driven by Rich Hooser and USA-1 met in the semifinal round with USA-1 clinching the points championship if it beat Bigfoot. USA-1 won the race in spectacular fashion, rolling over in the process, and took the championship.
During this time, Chandler began working with computer-aided design CAD programs, and using technology he had learned from professional off-road racing, designed a tubular frame for his next Bigfoot truck, along with a suspension system sporting two feet of travel.
This innovation allowed Bigfoot to possess four times as much suspension travel as those used by nearly all previous monster trucks. Chandler would be awarded a patent for his designs.
After testing the vehicle for three months, driver Andy Brass debuted the eighth incarnation of Bigfoot, with the new frame and suspension, in late It officially made its debut at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in IndianapolisIndiana at the Four Wheel and Off Road Jamboree in a special 5,th show for Bigfoot where every Bigfoot vehicle gathered in one place for the first time.
Although TNT stated that safety was the primary reason for the clarification, they also admitted that another reason was that Bigfoot No.
Andy Brass did drive Bigfoot No. Chandler also took legal action against TNT. After not winning any championships inTeam Bigfoot would go on a year stretch from to of winning at least one championship a year, taking a total of 16 series championship victories during that span.
The most notable of Team Bigfoot's recent series championship victories came inwhen Bigfoot No. As ofTeam Bigfoot now a total of 41 series championships.Something Different at Myrtle Beach.
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