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Bigfoot is real!

Driving the original monster truck.

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BY IAIN KELLY

Before the Monster Jam craze, where people do backflips in purpose-built 4-story-tall chassis draped with fibreglass shells meant to look like dogs and other non-car-related things, there were plain old monster trucks.

And the first proper monster truck was Bigfoot.

Built by 4x4 shop owner Bob Chandler in the 70s the original Bigfoot spawned the car-crushing, sled-pulling, mud-bogging, hill-climbing spectacle that was monster truck competition. Based off a '74 Ford F250, Bigfoot 1 was one of the most popular vehicles in the 1980s and one lucky American motoring journalist has now driven it.

Can you hear the freedom. (image credit: Road & Track)

Can you hear the freedom. (image credit: Road & Track)

Few can say they have driven a car responsible for an entire industry, sporting association and millions of dollars worth of merchandise and toys, but Road & Track's Kyle Kinard can.

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Comments (12)

  • Dream truck!

      8 months ago
  • The most American thing I have ever seen

      8 months ago
  • My teenage years!!! Saw Bigfoot in Green Bay Wis. in the 80s and have many collectables! Absolute original

      8 months ago
    • I saw it when I was a young teen in Pittsburgh! What a show! I remember my little brother had the electric ride on toy.

        8 months ago
    • So BADASS! Had to buy "Take This Job and Shove It!" just for the Bigfoot scenes!

        8 months ago
  • Where's the eagle? Isn't Bigfoot comes with its own eagle?

      8 months ago
  • Oh my!.....WOW,that really takes me back.i loved Bigfoot as a girl,I remember being 8/9 years old,and watching Monster Trucks challenge as girl,it was so exciting!,remarkably over the top,but still so cool.😍😎XX

      8 months ago
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