Also that year, Piant took the Special Events Triple Crown Championship, in addition to placing third in the USHRA's new point series. CHANDLER, BOB of Clay, went to Heaven, August 24, 2013. Due to Bob’s lead foot, the truck was christened “BIGFOOT.” To try to keep down on breakage and to show off 4-wheel drive products sold by MW4WD, Bob added bigger axles, but he soon followed them with bigger tires, again requiring even bigger axles. He was a career construction carpenter, and an off road enthusiast, which is where he became friends with Jim Kramer who was a co-worker at the time. Every major motorsport has an icon – the one person who personified the sport and became the focal point for appealing to the mass market. He wore a mask to hide his identity and came from the fictional town of Cobra Creek, Colorado. Bigfoot is a monster truck. Bob Chandler is the embodiment of that! A former construction worker and off-roading enthusiast from the St. Louis area, Chandler began racing in 1975, using the Chandler family's 1974 F-250 four-wheel drive and found that automotive shops in the Midwest generally did not carry the parts needed to repair his frequently-wrecked 4×4. Since then, Team BIGFOOT has won first or second place almost every year in various points’ championships, including the current streak of 6 straight of the esteemed Toughest Monster Truck Tour Championships! Bob Chandler. Andy Brass did drive Bigfoot 4 to victory at the Louisville Motor Speedway. This truck won its first points championship in 1995. 2019 marked one of his biggest honors, as he was inducted into the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Hall of Fame. in St. Louis when I was in the 5th grade when the movie "Take This Job And Shove It" came out!! His achievements are even deeper, though – Bob is the only motorsport icon to “invent” his own sport! Bob Chandler created the first Bigfoot in his family garage in Pacific, Missouri. https://americanprofile.com/articles/monster-truck-racing-founder The shop moved to Hazelwood, Missouri, in 1984, which remained as Bigfoot's headquarters until 2015 when the headquarters was relocated to Pacific, Missouri. Today. In 1979, BIGFOOT performed at its first paid event, a Denver car show. In 2006, he was inducted in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In 2007 Bigfoot 16 and driver Dan Runte won the first championship series held by the Major League of Monster Trucks. Bigfoot is also the featured truck in the Monster Truck Madness series by Microsoft in the 1990s. The truck's growing popularity led to its appearance in the 1981 Gus Trikonis film Take This Job and Shove It (which also features the early monster truck USA-1 credited under a different name). Saved by Closson. Although Chandler has retired (he's hired many drivers since) he can be seen driving Bigfoot #5 to greet the fans. One of the biggest trucks was Bob Chandler’s Bigfoot, which is considered the first-ever monster truck. Several drivers have driven some of the many Bigfoot trucks, which have been in the Monster Truck Madness games. Bob Chandler and BIGFOOT I at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Bigfoot 21 was completed on December 24, 2014, and debuted in, This truck was the last Bigfoot truck to be completed from a factory production pickup truck. Vintage Playskool Bigfoot 4x4x4 Monster Truck Complete With Key SST Bob Chandler. Several drivers have driven some of the many Bigfoot trucks, which have been in the Monster Truck Madness games. Team Bigfoot ended up winning 24 events that season and took the 1990 TNT points championship over Greg Holbrook in Gary Cook's Equalizer and Gary Porter's Carolina Crusher, the first racing championship for the Bigfoot team. Bigfoot has been the focus of multiple video games. Saved by Chad Patterson. AllMonster.com is where Monster Trucks matter! The next year, he ordered a 1974 F250 pick-up truck, and soon Midwest 4 Wheel Drive Center was born in the family garage. Bob Chandler « Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. – Monster Truck Racing Team. Bob’s wife, Marilyn, is co-owner, and the first woman to drive a monster truck, BIGFOOT, of course! Other Bigfoot trucks and drivers have used the identities over the years. The original Bigfoot appears in the 1981 film Take This Job and Shove It, where it appears as the main character's personal truck. BIGFOOT #21, the most recent truck added to the fleet, is the most technologically advanced monster truck in competition today, taking advantage of all of the best innovations available today. In 1997, the truck won its first championship competing as Snake Bite. Or else she’d be a hypocrite. Bigfoot, built in 1975 and debuted in 1979, is regarded as the original monster truck. BIGFOOT #2 was born in 1982, and debuted at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, MI late in that year. A Discovery Kids TV series called Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks was released in 2006. This innovation allowed Bigfoot to possess four times as much suspension travel as those used by nearly all previous monster trucks. Bob Chandler Roadtrip Nation interview, Creator, Big Foot - I designed and built Bigfoot, the original monster truck and created a new motorsports phenomenon. Although Chandler has retired (he's hired many drivers since) he can be seen driving Bigfoot #5 to greet the fans. Bob Chandler is the owner of Bigfoot and the inventor of the monster truck. The next year, he ordered a 1974 F250 pick-up truck, and soon Midwest 4 Wheel Drive Center was born in the family garage. CLICK HERE for a more detailed history of the BIGFOOT monster trucks. By 1979, the modifications were so extensive, the truck came to be regarded as the first monster truck. NEWS - Bob Chandler & BIGFOOT #1 At SEMA. View Bob Chandler's business profile as Sales Manager, Licensing & Merchandising at Bigfoot Entertainment. Most recently, Monster Truck Destruction was released on iOS and Android platforms in 2012. After the restaurant went out of business, it was sold to the, This page was last edited on 17 December 2020, at 09:05. In the early 1980s, there was no such thing as a monster truck. The Chandler family, which now included three children, soon started spending their weekends at off-road events and running the gravel-bottom rivers in southern Missouri. The following year, after running the USHRA races in Anaheim, California, and Pontiac, Michigan, the truck would debut on the TNT Motorsports Monster Truck Challenge points circuit in Memphis, Tennessee, and would find the Bigfoot 8 chassis briefly banned from the circuit on April 5, 1990, due to a rule clarification that only allowed leaf, coil, and coil-over suspensions to be run. Chandler also took legal action against TNT. Baime: It all started with our family’s Ford F-250 pickup, 40 years ago. Bob Chandler, who still owns the truck, bought it as his own rig from a Ford dealer in ’74. After losing the championship, the Bigfoot team made the decision to shift their focus less on competition and more on research and development in 1989, as well as running frequent events for the USHRA and USA Motorsports and a limited TNT Schedule. St. Louis native Bob Chandler is the creator of “BIGFOOT – The Original Monster Truck,” and is widely known as the father of the monster truck racing industry. In May 2006, Bigfoot signed former professional wrestler and Monster Jam driver Debrah Miceli. Bob Chandler Auto Biography Bigfoot Monster Truck. The fledgling all-sports television network ESPN also took note of the popularity of monster trucks in the 1980s and began showing events promoted by the United States Hot Rod Association and TNT Motorsports on a regular basis. For his innovation of creating monster trucks, Bob Chandler has been inducted into multiple halls of fame. By 1984, many truck owners around the country had taken to imitating Chandler's template of outfitting their vehicles with tires standing 66 inches tall, with some trucks sporting even larger tires. Cyber Mid-Week Sale! The following is a list of all the vehicles built or owned by Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. Bigfoot #13 was skipped due to superstition regarding the number 13. Share 0 Tweet. BIGFOOT just kept getting bigger and stronger. 1979 Ford Truck Ford 4x4 Lifted Ford Ford Bronco Lifted Trucks Old Trucks Pickup Trucks Big Monster Trucks Monster Jam. Bigfoot #20 is electrically powered and #22 is under construction. In addition, inspired by the success of BIGFOOT, numerous imitators came forth and the “monster truck” name was coined. Bob Trent, Ann’s husband, is in charge of sponsors and the BIGFOOT crew, making BIGFOOT a true family business and bringing the sport into the next generation! In November 2011, he was inducted into the International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame with its inaugural class. $19.99. 6. Sponsorships include Firestone, Summit Racing and Vi-Cor. To promote the shop, Chandler started to enter Bigfoot - so named due to Chandler's heavy right foot, not due to the massive tires - in truck and tractor pulls, mud runs, and other area off-road events, and by 1979 the truck had earned enough of a reputation to allow Chandler to start charging for event appearances. Snake Bite is an alternate name and appearance sometimes used when a second truck is scheduled to appear at the same event. 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The monster truck sport has its own icon: BIGFOOT creator, Bob Chandler. In 1987, Bob co-founded the Monster Truck Racing Association (MTRA), an organization created for the sole purpose of promoting safety in the monster truck industry. Bob Chandler, CEO/Owner of Bigfoot 4x4 Inc., stands with the original Bigfoot outside the company's new headquarters in Pacific on Thursday, Feb. … On November 30, 2018, Bigfoot was announced as one of the participants in the new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live tour being coproduced by Hot Wheels owner Mattel and the Raycom-Legacy Content Company. In 1992, Chandler became the first to utilize the team approach to racing, and BIGFOOT #10 and Snake Bite (BIGFOOT #9) raced to a One-Two finish in points. 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. “I had a shop, Midwest 4x4, and I liked going four-wheeling with the truck. It officially made its debut at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Four Wheel and Off Road Jamboree in a special 5,000th show for Bigfoot (where every Bigfoot vehicle gathered in one place for the first time). From then on, Bigfoot became less of a promotional tool and more of a business itself. He was preceded in death by daughter, Natalie, and father, Roy Joe Chandler. This is video of the very first monster truck car crush ever. 1979 Ford Truck Ford Pickup Trucks 4x4 Trucks Lifted Trucks Hot Rod Trucks Cool Trucks Cool Cars Big Monster Trucks Monster Jam. Chandler was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in November 1999. The truck made its first car crush on November 8, 2012. Bigfoot is a monster truck owned by Bob Chandler out of St. Louis, Missouri. Biography. What I’d Do Differently: Bigfoot Creator Bob Chandler This ’70 Dodge Pickup Proves Two Cummins Diesels Are Better Than One Ford F-150 Super Duty: News, Reviews, Photos, and More In 1979, Chandler replaced the under assembly of the truck with one from a military-surplus top loader featuring four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering that used 48-inch tires. The truck raced a, Built in 66 days in the fall of 1983, it made its debut in January 1984 at the Pontiac Silverdome. $19.99. Although TNT stated that safety was the primary reason for the clarification, they also admitted that another reason was that Bigfoot 8 was simply too technologically advanced and was upsetting the competitive balance of the series. Bob Chandler Driving Bigfoot ve En Çok Izlenen Araba Videoları Vidivodo'da This truck debuted at the Louisiana Superdome in January 1994. Bob Chandler « Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. – Monster Truck Racing Team. Log in. Bob Chandler Auto Biography Bigfoot Monster Truck. In 1996, USC established the annual Bob Chandler Award, given to an underclassman based on his athletic ability, academic scholarship as well as character on and off the field. translator British poet and translator Bob Chandler 1949 1995 American football player Bob Chandler footballer 1894 1964 English footballer Albert Benjamin Happ NEWS - BIGFOOT #1 Bobblehead PRE-ORDER! I like Bigfoot and Grave Digger but I'm from St. Louis and grew up with Bigfoot sitting on a trailer across the street from my elementary school on Kennerly Rd. Dec 11, 2017. $19.99. Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. – Monster Truck Racing Team. It was one of the few vehicles Bob Chandler actually purchased and had changed. Bob and BIGFOOT have appeared in hundreds of TV shows, including shows on the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel. Former driver Jim Kramer was inducted into the second class the following year. Over the years, Bob and his BIGFOOT crew have also been the sport’s safety leaders. $19.99. The original Bigfoot began as a 1974 Ford F-250 pickup that was modified by its owner Bob Chandler beginning in 1975. He paved the way for his sport’s wide appeal. AllMonster.com - Where Monsters Are What Matters! Explore. Later that year, a second Bigfoot, built to help meet the steadily rising demand to see the vehicle and sporting 66-inch tall tires, received more major media attention by crushing cars at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Bob Chandler Auto Biography Bigfoot Monster Truck. With a second set of 10-foot-tall tires attached, the truck stands 15 feet, six inches high, measures 20 feet, 5 inches across, and weighs over 38,000 pounds. 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. Retro Bob Chandler's BIGFOOT 4x4x4 T-Shirt 5.0 out of 5 stars 3. It originally was built by a man in Colorado, running two Chevy engines, Chevy Van body, and was wider. His achievements are even deeper, though – Bob is the only motorsport icon to “invent” his own sport! Aug 31 2017 . 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