The very first Grave Digger Monster Truck was built in 1982 by Dennis Anderson. Anderson grew up as a gearhead and had a passion for big machines.
He purchased a 1951 Ford pickup truck for $700 and began to customize it into a mud bogger. After many years of hard work, he finally completed the vehicle, which he named “Grave Digger” after the graveyard scene from the movie “The Dukes of Hazzard”.
Anderson’s Grave Digger quickly became an instant success in the mud bogging circuit. He was able to take his truck to multiple events throughout the South and Midwest, where it was met with wild acclaim from onlooking fans. This attention quickly led Anderson to realize that he could make Grave Digger into something even bigger – a full-fledged Monster Truck show.
In 1986, Anderson brought Grave Digger to its first Monster Truck event at the Chicago Motor Speedway. The crowd went wild as they saw Anderson driving his customized truck around the track and performing stunts like wheelies and donuts. From then on out, Grave Digger became one of the most popular Monster Trucks in history and a staple of Monster Jam shows all around the world.
The very first Grave Digger Monster Truck was built in 1982 by Dennis Anderson from a 1951 Ford pickup truck that he had purchased for $700. It quickly became popular on the mud bogging circuit before being taken to its first official Monster Truck event at Chicago Motor Speedway in 1986. Today, it continues to be one of the most popular Monster Trucks around and is a staple at events all over the world.