What Year Was the First Monster Truck?

The monster truck craze began in the mid-1980s, when large and powerful trucks were used for entertainment purposes. These large and powerful trucks are known as monster trucks, and they have become a popular form of entertainment at car shows, fairs, and other events.

The first monster truck was created in 1979 by Bob Chandler, who owned a pickup truck shop in St. Louis, Missouri. Chandler had been inspired by the success of an exhibition at a local mud bog that featured large pickup trucks with oversized tires. He decided to create his own vehicle to show off at car shows and other events.

Chandler’s first monster truck was called “Big Foot”, which was created by fitting oversized tires onto a Ford F-250 pickup truck chassis. The oversized tires allowed the vehicle to have better traction on muddy or slippery surfaces, as well as greater ground clearance for obstacles such as logs or rocks. The Big Foot was a hit at car shows and quickly became popular with car enthusiasts.

Chandler’s idea of creating a larger-than-life vehicle quickly caught on with other drivers and mechanics, who began building their own versions of the Big Foot in order to compete in various competitions across the country. By the mid-1980s, monster trucks had become a popular form of entertainment at fairs and festivals, with drivers competing against each other for points and prizes.

The first official monster truck competition took place in 1985, when Bigfoot 4×4 Inc., the company founded by Bob Chandler, held its first event in Monroe County Fairgrounds in Indiana. The event featured 24 competitors driving their own custom-built monster trucks over an obstacle course filled with jumps and other obstacles.

Since then, Monster Truck racing has become one of the most popular forms of motorsport entertainment around the world. Monster Truck shows are now held regularly across North America and Europe featuring drivers from both countries competing against each other for points and prizes.

In conclusion, Bob Chandler created the first Monster Truck in 1979, but it wasn’t until 1985 that the first official Monster Truck competition took place.

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Karen Watkins