For decades monster trucks have been entertaining millions a year, crushing cars and doing gravity defying stunts which include jumps, flips, and donuts. It is insane to think someone was daring and mechanically advanced enough to convert and upgrade a normal truck into an insane monster truck. Thanks to the creation of these incredible trucks the monster truck industry has become explosive, which has ultimately led to Monster Jam and people imagining even crazier tricks and vehicles.
Monster trucks started simply by farmers modifying their current trucks. These modifications were originally intended for increasing performance for daily tasks needed on the farm such as expanding towing capacity or having a higher ride height. With these modifications came the realization you could use your imagination and a little mechanical knowledge and creat some incredible trucks!
Getting More Serious
In the late 1970s, big truck fan Bob Chandler owned Midwest Four Wheel Drive Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Once he modified his 1974 Ford F-250 with big wheels, big axles and other accessories, he painted his nickname, “Bigfoot” on the side of his truck. A promoter offered him money in order to show off his insane creation. He then realized that making a big truck could be used more than for just promoting the aftermarket parts he was selling. Soon after he met fellow monster truck lover Everett Jasmer who had his own modified 1970 Chevrolet K-10.
All it took was for someone to realize the potential of these trucks to entertain millions. However, Chandler’s and Jasmer’s first stop was in Hollywood when Greg Blackwell made the comedy, Take This Job and Shove It, and wanted their cars in the movie. Exposing the mass population to these monster trucks got people more interested in them, and Bigfoot started getting more events to appear at. This caused even more people to start building their own monster trucks. Eventually, in 1988 TNT decided to televise these events of destruction, calling it “Monster Truck Challenge Racing Series.” This allowed monster trucks to even gain even more exposure.
When one thinks of monster trucks today they think of Monster Jam and specialty built trucks with 60+’ tires and 1500 hp motors, but no one really thinks of their humble beginnings. What started out with farmers being bored and having fun led to Chandler and Jasmer taking their 1970s trucks and modifying them. The bigger their tires got, the more popularity they seemed to gain. And now we have Monster Jam that travels around the world to entertain people with their flips, jumps, and destruction.