December 9, 2010 (Hazelwood,
MO) Santa Claus will be making a very special trip to the Home of Bigfoot®
(Hazelwood, MO) on Saturday, December 18th! Santa will be trading in his 8 reindeer for 800 ponies as he makes his appearance in BIGFOOT #1, the Original Monster Truck®! From 10AM-1PM kids (& parents too!) can come and take their pictures with Santa and BIGFOOT! This is completely free, but please bring your own cameras!
While you’re here visiting Santa, be sure to check out all the new BIGFOOT merchandise! New toys, t-shirts, & hats are in stock! Any purchase over $10 will receive a
FREE Ms. Bigfoot
poster! Whether the monster truck fan in your life is 3, or 93, we have you covered!
As a final reminder, order online before December 12th for guaranteed Christmas Delivery in the continental US! If you are placing an order after the 12th, please call in your order @ 314-731-2822 and we will do our best to get you your order before the 25th!
We hope to see you at the Home of BIGFOOT on Saturday, December 18th!
24, 2010 (Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany) BIGFOOT’s Dan Runte and the other
Team Summit drivers, Jason Line, Warren Johnson, and Rickie Jones, have just completed their second day visiting troops in Germany. The USO
sponsored support mission has taken the team to Kaiserslautern Military Community to visit the stationed troops, as well as many wounded veterans from Afghanistan & Iraq. Each day, a different Summit driver has been blogging about the experience. Today, it was Dan’s turn:
I came into this trip a little leery for several reasons. First, I was the only monster truck driver in a group of drag racers, and even though I know the Summit guys, it’s not only been a while since I’ve been overseas, but I’ve also never been to Germany before this week, so heading into this week I have to admit I was a little nervous. However, as far as coming here, it has been an absolutely awesome experience. Summit and the USO have put this deal together to make it a life experience for each one of us that was fortunate enough to come.
After a quick lunch (which turned into an impromptu autograph session) and a stop by the baggage office, which takes care of the troops personal belongings when they aren’t able to, we made the short drive over to the USO Warrior Center. Unlike your typical USO center, it is not open to the public, but it is instead reserved for the wounded on site. We spent about an hour and a half signing autographs and talking to the soldiers who came over to the facility, including Command Sergeant Major William “Buck” O’Neal, who welcomed us and thanked us for coming to see the troops.
To read all of Team Summit’s blogs, please click here.
October 21, 2010 (Hazelwood, MO) Earlier this week, Team BIGFOOT, in cooperation with monster truck series promoter Checkered Flag Productions (CFP), announced the winner of the “BIGFOOT® Bad Boy III” fan artwork contest. Hundreds of fans from around the world submitted their proposed paint scheme designs for this 2011 edition of the “Bad Boy BIGFOOT.”
Although the 2009 Bad Boy truck was designed in-house at BIGFOOT, the 2010 edition was put to the fans, who submitted all manner of ideas ranging from the mild to the crazy-wild. This contest proved to be very popular, with the winner receiving credit on the actual truck itself, in addition to free event tickets and such. So, as the summer of 2010 arrived, both Team BIGFOOT and the folks at CFP knew it was time to continue the tradition. The “2011 BIGFOOT Bad Boy III” contest kicked off on August 23rd, with submissions being accepted until midnight on September 30th. As the deadline came and went, fans began to grow eager with anticipation, wondering if their design was to become the next BIGFOOT.
After much deliberation (some heated, even), the design of 19-year old Brad Shaw of Wembley, Alberta, Canada was chosen by the staff of Team BIGFOOT and CFP. BIGFOOT even gave votes to its other drivers and its mechanics, etc. Shaw’s design features a satin black finish, complete with BIGFOOT and CFP “SkullPiston” artwork in addition to sinister white and black outline flames.
“We are very proud of Brad’s work, and, quite frankly, we can’t wait to see it come to life,” said BIGFOOT VP Bob Trent. “The first year of the Bad Boy saw a red and black paint scheme, and last year’s truck featured more of a traditional blue look to it. Brad’s design captures what I think the Bad Boy BIGFOOT is really supposed to be - dark, mean, and 100% hot rod. From all of us here at BIGFOOT, Well done Brad!”
October 4, 2010 - (Hazelwood, MO)
St. Louis’ own BIGFOOT® monster truck is prepared to defend its home turf
this Saturday night, October 16th, at Chaifetz Arena on the St. Louis
University campus, as driver Darren Migues and the Midwest Four Wheel Drive
BIGFOOT square off with a host of national-level monster truck challengers.
Migues, who will pilot the Midwest Four Wheel Drive BIGFOOT truck at
Saturday night’s event, will be competing against the truck that up until
this summer he used to drive:
help create this look, Team BIGFOOT worked with long-time collaborators
Vinyl Images of Fenton, MO. Vinyl Images worked hand-in-hand with
BIGFOOT’s designers to replicate the lettering for the door and bedsides
of the truck. “Vinyl
Images is always great to work with, they’ve been long-time friends of
ours and they always do great work. I know they are definitely excited
to be working with us on yet another special project like this,” explained
As an added bonus, fans attending the
event will be able to pick up their free BIGFOOT autograph cards, which
feature a coupon on the backside entitling them to a discount on shop labor
costs while having vehicle work performed at Midwest Four Wheel Drive.
“We wanted to give something back to our
fans who come out to see us at this event, so not only will they get a free
BIGFOOT autograph card, they’ll get a great discount from Midwest as
well,” said Trent. “They can simply present their autograph card at
Tickets are on-sale now for the event, and are going fast. For more information on pricing and availability and for general event information, fans can visit the online home of Chaifetz Arena at www.thechaifetzarena.com.
October 4, 2010 - (Hazelwood, MO) To continue from our last update, here is news on the rest of Team BIGFOOT's monster trucks and drivers for Summer 2010!
Here is a re-cap of the many wins of the last few months (cont.):
Rick Long & BIGFOOT #15 - Long & #15 were no slouches this summer, either. With a brutal schedule filled with overnight drives, engine and transmission swaps, and stiff competition, Long could easily be considered the team’s “ironman” of the summer. Long absolutely tore through the KSR Motorsports Nights of Destruction tour, which is a freestyle-only series that takes place predominantly in the northeast US. Long and BIGFOOT #15 proved that this was their territory, easily racking up more freestyle wins than any other truck on the tour, despite dealing with a blown motor and cooked transmission at less than convenient times. Long also earned Team BIGFOOT’s second racing championship of the year while in Canfield, OH, where a handful of racing victories (before blowing yet another motor) secured him the E3 Spark Plugs/Lucas Oil Monster Nationals Racing Championship. That series began way back in January, and all of Long’s hard work and even harder driving style certainly paid off.
Larry Swim & BIGFOOT #14 - BIGFOOT #14, towards the tail-end of a short run of races through CA, driver Larry Swim put BIGFOOT #14 into low orbit off of a large dirt jump in Salinas, CA during a freestyle session that had fans out of their seats and on their feet. Swim, who up to that point had been flogging the truck with a controlled mix of intensity and fluidity, felt a pain in his back as he landed, and wisely decided to call his run complete at that point. Further examination would reveal that he had compressed a disc in his back, and would have to sit out for the remainder of the year. Larry is scheduled to return to BIGFOOT #14 in January, ready to try for his third consecutive Checkered Flag Productions Bad Boys of Racing title!
Darren Migues & BIGFOOT #14 - Naturally, the team needed an experienced and trust-worthy driver to fill in for Swim at a number of high-profile events scheduled for the weeks and months ahead. So Darren Migues (recently of the Bounty Hunter team) was hand-picked to fill in, and after a weekend in Albuquerque, NM performing exhibition car crushes to get used to the truck, he took right to the track and began delivering winning performances immediately! Although Migues’ position with the team is temporary for now, fan response to seeing him behind the wheel of a BIGFOOT truck has been great.
BIGFOOT #11 - BIGFOOT #11 has rotated drivers this summer. Former BIGFOOT #8 display truck driver Darron Schnell spent a great deal of the summer putting #11 through its paces crushing cars at various Firestone events in the US and Canada, even going as far east as Nova Scotia! He also served as crew chief for Amber Walker, Team BIGFOOT’s first female driver since the 1980’s. Sporting the “MS BIGFOOT” body on BIGFOOT #11, Walker was very aggressive on-track, refusing to yield to the boys and showing no fear of the truck! She even racked up enough round wins to finish FOURTH in the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals summer outdoor series, and made some spectacular freestyles!
Looking forward to 2011 - With yet another action-packed summer in the books, Team BIGFOOT now looks ahead to a calmer fall schedule that will transition into a brief “off-season” in late November and December. During the “off-season,” Team BIGFOOT’s exceptional mechanics will prepare the trucks for 2011, which will be one of the busiest indoor/winter seasons in recent memory!
“We’ve got a ton on our plate for the fall and winter, make no mistake about it,” said BIGFOOT VP of Operations Jim Kramer. As Bob Trent adds, “in addition to all of the usual maintenance, repairs, and updates to make our existing fleet, we are looking to continue progress on our newest truck, BIGFOOT #18!” Kramer then went on to confirm that Nigel Morris, owner and driver of BIGFOOT #17, will travel from England to spend part of the early winter working with the rest of the Team to get #18 ready for a 2011 debut (possibly as early as the spring/early summer)!! Nigel will then return to England to continue performing with #17 in Europe and the Middle East.
October 4, 2010 - (Hazelwood, MO) Team BIGFOOT closed out the outdoor racing season in winning form recently, capping off a four-month streak of on-track success stretching from coast-to-coast. The team’s fleet of five race trucks and two static display trucks has been in near constant motion all year long, but as BIGFOOT 4X4 Inc., VP of Events Bob Trent confirmed, the summer months are typically some of the busiest!
“The summer is always a war in the monster truck industry, especially with all of the big, outdoor events. And, few teams can claim to be as busy as we are during those months,” Trent explained. “We couldn’t have been so successful this summer without the hard work of our entire staff working as a team, from our mechanics and drivers to our office and marketing people!”
Here is a re-cap of the many wins of the last few months:
Dan Runte & BIGFOOT #16 - Runte, the team’s most senior driver, spearheaded BIGFOOT’s racing efforts at some of the largest events this summer, campaigning both the 35th Anniversary “RetroFoot” BIGFOOT® body and the Summit Racing Equipment BIGFOOT, depending on the event. He piled up wins all summer long, claiming national event victories in Salt Lake City, UT; Rochester, MN; Springfield, MO; Lima, OH; Bloomsburg, PA, and Indianapolis, IN, among others. However, Runte’s achievements this year did not end there! Dan re-set the track record in Salt Lake City on the challenging figure-8 race course with a blistering time of 27.78secs, and in September, he established himself and BIGFOOT #16 as the world’s fastest monster truck and driver in the 1/8th mile, as the duo achieved a top speed of 86.56mph at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH! CLICK HERE for video.
Rodney Tweedy & BIGFOOT #10 - Not to be outdone, “Hot Rod” Tweedy and BIGFOOT #10 also had an impressive summer. After debuting the Firestone/MLB BIGFOOT (featuring FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, a Chevrolet body and motor) at the 2010 MLB All-Star Fan Fest in Anaheim, CA in July, Tweedy became the first (and thus far only) BIGFOOT driver to EVER perform in a Chevrolet BIGFOOT at a Firestone car crush event in Billings, MT. When BIGFOOT #10 was switched back to its standard body and motor, Tweedy (much like teammate Rick Long) took to the northeastern states with a vengeance, dominating a series of FMG Events and KSR Motorsports shows, capturing a number of racing and freestyle wins across NY, MA, and NH.
BIGFOOT #8 & BIGFOOT #12 - Both Team BIGFOOT static display trucks, BIGFOOT #8 and #12, have seen extensive road time this year as well, visiting Firestone tire retail outlets and Complete Auto Care centers, in addition to appearing at various corporate and special events. BIGFOOT #12 and driver Ron Bachmann even made special appearances at the MAC Tools NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis and at Summit Racing Equipment’s headquarters in Tallmadge, OH.
There is more news coming, in the second part of BIGFOOT's Summer Recap! STAY TUNED...
BIGFOOT set to work with Zoo Games to create another monster hit video game.
August 26, 2010 – (Cincinnati, OH) Just days after BIGFOOT’s won the 2010 Monster Nationals Racing Championship, Zoo Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ CM: ZOOG) is announcing that they have inked a software publishing deal with the innovators of the monster truck. This announcement comes just two years after the initial success of BIGFOOT Collision Course, the first BIGFOOT title published by Zoo on Wii™ and DS. With the original collaboration resulting in over 250,000 copies sold, Zoo and “The Original Monster Truck®” are ready to bring mind blowing action back to its fans for a second time.
Developed and published by Zoo, the new BIGFOOT title will bring the realistic experience of monster truck racing to 4x4 fans and video game enthusiasts alike. By replicating the same innovative construction that has made BIGFOOT the leader in the monster truck industry, Zoo plans to bring the car crushing action from the arena to the living room. “Monster trucks are an assault on your senses, both visually and audibly,” said Mark Seremet, CEO of Zoo. “In order to maintain the realism of the trucks and the sport, we’re looking forward to working closely with BIGFOOT to produce another action-packed title that pays homage to the sport and its fans.”
With a track record of success with Zoo, BIGFOOT shares the same enthusiasm for the upcoming title. “After the overwhelming success of BIGFOOT Collision Course, we’re thrilled to be working with Zoo again,” said Bob Chandler, owner and operator of Bigfoot 4x4, Inc. “It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to share our love for monster trucks with the mass market, and we look forward to making our upcoming title a great success.”
Zoo will begin development this year and plans to release the upcoming title in 2011.
About Zoo Entertainment - Zoo Entertainment is a developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software targeted to family-oriented mass-market consumers. With a strong network of leading national mass market retailers, its casual and value-focused titles span categories including sports, family, racing, game-show, strategy and action-adventure, among others.
Zoo’s software is developed for all major consoles, handheld gaming devices, PCs, and mobile and smart-phone devices as well as the emerging ‘connected services.’ Rather than depending on a relatively limited number of “blockbuster” titles, Zoo publishes a broad stream of titles at compelling values. The Company has a library of approximately 100 games, and targets publishing approximately 50 new games in 2010.
With its innovative content creation site, indiePub Games (www.indiepubgames.com), Zoo Entertainment is poised to capitalize on opportunities in the emerging and high growth digital entertainment space. indiePub Games is a community of independent game developers and players. Set on fostering the independent gaming community, indiePub Games provides developers with the resources they need to make great games, and gives them an outlet to share their works with a supportive audience. Independent game developers are able to collaborate with the gaming community and ultimately compete for multi-platform publishing contracts. indiePub Games also serves as a destination site for gaming enthusiasts to play the latest in independent games and allows consumers to take an active role in helping independent developers create innovative entertainment software.
For more information, please visit www.zoogamesinc.com.
August 23, 2011 - Here is your chance to be a part of BIGFOOT history! You now have the chance to design an all-new paint scheme for the 2011 Bad Boy BIGFOOT III. Ever since Larry Swim and the Bad Boy BIGFOOT debuted for Checkered Flag Productions in 2009, it has been by far the most popular BIGFOOT to hit the series. Larry has brought a whole new attitude to BIGFOOT and came up with his own style of driving “Bad Boy style!” Larry and Bad Boy BIGFOOT are the 2009 and 2010 Checkered Flag Productions Champions!
The contest begins August 23rd and goes through September 30th, 2010 at midnight.
The Bad Boy BIGFOOT III design must include the CFP Bad Boy of racing logo and BIGFOOT logo (Click below for logos).
The winner will be picked on October 15th and announced on October 18th.
He/she will receive the following:
Good Luck to Everyone!
CFP and BIGFOOT 4X4, Inc reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any submission(s).
Please send your design images (preferably in jpg, gif or pdf format) to the following e-mail address: email@example.com .
August 9, 2010 - Have you ever thought about getting into the Monster Truck Industry? Now is your chance to work for the people that started it all - BIGFOOT 4x4, Inc. We have an immediate opening for a display driver.
The requirements are as follows:
What we have to offer:
BIGFOOT 4x4, Inc
Or print application, scan and send it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 15, 2010 - Yes, you read it correctly - BIGFOOT was a featured vehicle at the 2010 MLB All-Star FanFest weekend. We were brought aboard to help represent Firestone, which is the “Official Tire of Major League Baseball” and the “Official Tire of BIGFOOT”.
When we read about Firestone becoming the official Tire of the MLB, we knew we had to figure out a way to be part of the 2010 All-Star game! With Firestone sponsoring our fleet of trucks and with BIGFOOT displays at Firestone dealers across the country, we knew this would be a hit for Firestone and their customers. We immediately had our graphics department put together a few sample drawings and presented those to the folks at Firestone for their opinion. We all agreed it was a GREAT idea, but Firestone needed to get approval from MLB.
Drawings were sent in, tweaked, and finally approved. There was really only one major question: Since Chevrolet is the Official Truck of Major League Baseball, could the All-Star Firestone-BIGFOOT truck run a Chevrolet body, so BIGFOOT could be at the 2010 All-Star FanFest? The answer: YES! That very day we ordered ourselves a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado fiberglass monster truck body and got to work! We even went so far as to build a Chevrolet big block 540 cubic inch motor with Trick Flow heads!
The truck turned out awesome with the Firestone-MLB graphics package! There were also a lucky 10,000 people who received a 1/64th scale die cast Firestone-BIGFOOT toy given out during the event!
We would like to give a BIG thank you to Phil, Michael, Trent, and Trisha with Firestone for making this happen! We could not be more proud to have you all as our partners!!
Click pictures for full version.
“We are very excited to have partnered up with Team BIGFOOT, especially with this year being their 35th anniversary,” said RockSolid Floors CEO/Founder Patrick Ilfrey. “Their core values, toughness, and tradition of innovation fit perfectly with our RockSolid Floors brand. We know that if our product is tough enough for BIGFOOT, it’s tough enough for anyone!”
The collaboration between BIGFOOT and RockSolid Floors kicked off in earnest in mid-June, when the entire showroom floor of Team BIGFOOT’s St. Louis facility was stripped down to bare concrete and coated with RockSolid Floors’ amazingly tough Polyurea formula.
“Our showroom was definitely in need of a facelift,” said BIGFOOT VP Bob Trent. “Having the old vinyl tile and glue flooring removed and replaced with RockSolid Floors has really changed the look of the showroom for the better. We love it and everyone has been very impressed!”
With the help of SealGuard of St. Louis, the BIGFOOT showroom was transformed over the course of one weekend, which kept the team from having to close their doors for very long. In fact, the rapid cure time of the product allowed them to begin moving fixtures and merchandise back into the store the very day after the flooring was laid down. With the showroom completed, the shop floor of Midwest Four Wheel Drive (Team BIGFOOT’s custom truck division) will be coated next, and will no doubt be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the shop environment!
In addition to Team BIGFOOT’s fleet of race and display trucks proudly carrying RockSolid Floors decals, fans can expect to see a number of interesting and exciting projects involving BIGFOOT and RockSolid Floors in the near future.
“We have BIG plans for our partnership with BIGFOOT,” said Ilfrey. “We are really looking forward to introducing our product to monster truck fans everywhere by way of our affiliation with The Original Monster Truck®. To us, there’s no one better!”
For more information on RockSolid Floors, including product information, color selector, and even online tutorials, visits them online at www.rocksolidfloors.com.
June 22, 2010 - As we get set to visit the 23rd Annual 4-Wheel Drive Nationals in Bloomsburg, PA on July 9th thru the 11th we are excited to bring you RETROFOOT #16 (BIGFOOT #16 with a 1974/1979 body) and the all new Ms. BIGFOOT. As we celebrate 35 years of Monster Trucking with these 2 famous trucks from our early years, we realize that without you, our fans, we would have never made it 35 years. What we have learned over the years is that it takes a great Team to make BIGFOOT the most Recognized Vehicle in History. In the past, we have had some great names as drivers, including Jim Kramer, Andy Brass, Gene Patterson and Eric Tack, just to name a few, and some of the best mechanics in our sport, including Roy Hoosier, Jay Deikman, and Ken Koelling.
In 2010 we still feature some of the best drivers and mechanics in our sport, including drivers Rick Long, Rodney Tweedy, Larry Swim, Jerry Dalton, and, arguably one of the greatest Monster Truck Drivers ever, Dan Runte. Piloting the new Ms. BIGFOOT is none other than veteran driver Amber Walker. Our current group of mechanics is led by Bryan Bertoletti and includes John Peterson, Chris Ludwig, Bob Brown, and Nick Dvorchek.
With all this being said, we realize that we started the Monster Truck Industry, when we built the first Monster Truck 35 years ago. We strive to be the very best that we can. The biggest thing we have learned is that teamwork holds all of this together, and that YOU, our fans, are the most important part! You are the heartbeat of our organization. You are what makes us strive to be the best we can every single day!! We could not do this without you, and to show you a small portion of our appreciation, we would like to take a Team photo and invite you to join us on Saturday July 10, 2010 at 11 AM at the Main Stage in Bloomsburg, PA to be part of our Team BIGFOOT photo!!
So come join us at 11 AM at the Main Stage on July 10th & wear your favorite BIGFOOT gear!
Thanks for everything and we hope to see you all there!
Co-sponsored by the Hazelwood Police Department and Hazelwood Fire Department, the Hazelwood D.A.R.E./Risk Watch Camp is a three-week program that offers both drug resistance and safety classes. In addition, guest speakers from many different occupations and agencies are invited to give presentations to the campers. Other planned activities include arts and crafts, sports, swimming, self-defense classes and much more.
During his presentation, Kramer told the campers that the name “BIGFOOT” was originally given to the company owner, Bob Chandler, who owned a Ford F-250 4x4 pickup truck back in the mid-1970s. He would go on some fun off-road weekend trips with Chandler. But Chandler always seemed to find ways to break his truck. That’s when they started calling him “BIGFOOT” because his heavy foot on the gas pedal often caused his breakage problems.
Since Chandler found ways to break the toughest of trucks, he discovered there was no place in the Midwest to get 4x4 parts and service. Recognizing a potential market, Bob Chandler, Marilyn Chandler and Jim Kramer started the Midwest Four Wheel Drive and Performance Center.
“We used Chandler’s 4x4 as a work truck, in addition to making it a promotional tool for the business,” said Kramer. “We tried out new parts on the truck, and kept making it bigger and better in order to stay ahead of the competition. Soon the truck itself became an attraction and that’s when we branded it as the original BIGFOOT® monster truck. Our first paid event for BIGFOOT was a Denver car show in 1979.’”
Another interesting fact learned by the campers was that BIGFOOT crushed its first cars in the soybean fields of Teson’s Farm, just down the street from the Hazelwood Community Center. In 1981, Chandler wanted to see if he could drive BIGFOOT over some junk cars just for fun. So he made arrangements with the owner of Teson’s Farm to do it on his property. The rest is history. He later duplicated this stunt in a stadium show, which fueled an explosion of fan interest and led to a legion of imitators. Over the past 29 years, a total of 16 BIGFOOT monster trucks have been produced by this Hazelwood-based business.
April 28, 2010 - (St. Louis, MO) Team BIGFOOT will take yet another huge step forward this weekend in commemorating their 35th anniversary by debuting the new “MS BIGFOOT” and “Retro BIGFOOT” monster trucks at the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals being held in Springfield, MO. “New recruit” Amber Walker will strap in behind the wheel of MS BIGFOOT and make her first appearance driving in front of a crowd in over three years, during what is sure to be an exciting weekend of monster truck action that will kick off the 2010 Jamboree Nationals points chase.
Amber will begin her driving career for Team BIGFOOT by campaigning the beautifully painted MS BIGFOOT body atop the BIGFOOT #11 chassis, a task for which she is VERY excited! “The original MS BIGFOOT was such an awesome truck, and it marked the first time women really made their mark in this sport,” said Walker. “To be able to renew that tradition and to give all the girls in the crowd a BIGFOOT of their own to root for is going to be great!” Veteran BIGFOOT #11 driver Jerry Dalton will serve as Amber’s crew chief for the duration of the weekend.
The Springfield 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals will feature three rounds of Monster Truck Thunder Drags® over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Amber and her teammate Dan Runte in the 35th Anniversary “Retro” BIGFOOT #16 will compete against a stacked field of trucks, including high horsepower machines like Avenger and Raminator. In addition to the great racing and freestyle action, Amber and MS BIGFOOT will be on display on Friday, greeting fans and getting the greater Springfield area excited for the weekend ahead! Amber and Dan will be signing autographs at the BIGFOOT Official Licensed Merchandise trailer over the course of the weekend as well.
Speaking of Dan, he will have his plate as full as anyone’s in Springfield. Team BIGFOOT’s senior driver, who holds an impressive eight national championships and 1 Guinness World Record, knows the Springfield track well; he also knows how much of a role Mother Nature can play in the outcome of the weekend’s racing events. In addition to debuting a new “retro” look for his BIGFOOT #16 truck (a 1970’s F-250 body painted in the classic all-blue BIGFOOT style), Runte will also be serving as a mentor to Amber Walker, sharing insights into driving a BIGFOOT truck and helping her overcome her three year hiatus from driving!! Will the two end up meeting each other in the monster truck racing finals? “Only time will tell,” said Runte. “But I am optimistic that we’ll be able to have her up to speed pretty quick. She’s got a great attitude, a great truck underneath her, and a great team standing behind her.”
When asked to give his thoughts on the weekend as a whole, Runte was his usual analytical yet optimistic self: “Springfield is tough every year because of the mixed racing surface, part dirt and part asphalt. And, if that wasn’t enough, it always seems to rain. So we’ll go in there with the best set-up we can cook up, and hope that we picked the right combination of tire cut, engine tune-up, and gearing.” Runte’s crew chief and engine mastermind John Peterson added that “The competition is going to be tough and won’t cut us any slack, and we sure aren’t going to cut them any either.”
Fans attending the event will definitely want to bring their cameras, not just to take photos of two brand new looks for the BIGFOOT Team, but to get their photos taken with the trucks and their drivers, one of the more fan-friendly aspects of the Jamboree Nationals. A ton of exciting new merchandise will be available as well, including a line of MS BIGFOOT ladies-wear featuring pink and powder-blue hats and fitted shirts, and black and pink can cozies!! The new BIGFOOT 35th Anniversary t-shirt featuring classic BIGFOOT trucks from over the years will also be available, and fans can have both Dan and Amber sign their merchandise!
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Amber on-board not only as the newest driver on our roster, but also as our first female racer in over two decades,” said BIGFOOT president Ann Trent, daughter of BIGFOOT founder/owner Bob Chandler. “So many of Amber’s new teammates will be coming to Springfield to help make her feel welcome, and we certainly look forward to all the great Missouri fans cheering her on as well!”
For more information on BIGFOOT, Amber, Dan, and the rest of the team, visit the Team BIGFOOT page - CLICK HERE. To learn more about the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals, check them out at FamilyEvents.com.
My son is five years old and has a terminal inoperable brain tumor. He was diagnosed December 2, 2008 and we were told that he most likely had less than three months to live. It has now been almost 16 months and we are most likely down to weeks but you never know in these situations.
My son loves monster trucks an loves to go to Monster Jam. We were admitted to Hospice House on March 3, 2010 and when we arrived we and the doctors thought he would be here only days before passing. On the day we arrived the staff arranged for Jon Jon to ride in a fire truck and then asked what he would want to do, without hesitation we knew he would love to see a monster truck. The staff got to work on that and sent out a request to everybody they could reach that they wanted to get a monster truck here to Kansas City ASAP for him.
The next day Jim Creten the driver and owner of Bounty Hunter came and visited with a couple of Hot Wheels of his truck. Bounty Hunter was being loaded to drive 20 hours to a Monster Jam event while he came to spend time with my son. While he was still visiting we got word that Bigfoot was to come the next day.
Now your museum, where the truck was coming from, is four hours away on the other side of the state in Saint Louis. My sons condition was not very good so we were given the drivers number in case he passed away before he arrived. The next day the driver drove four hours across Missouri and spent almost an hour pulling Bigfoot out of the semi-trailer and putting it together while everybody watched (It was a great thrill).
While he was busy getting the wheels on the truck Jon Jon wanted to get into his racing outfit and take his helmet out with him when he was ready to show the truck. Jon Jons energy level and mood were not great but I could see he really enjoyed seeing and getting to get into Bigfoot.
When we got back inside we watched the a Video that they gave to Jon Jon all about Bigfoots history. We watched that all day and still watch it now. When his little brother arrived and was crawling around in the wheels of Bigfoot we made a second short trip back out put him in the wheels as well. I almost lost my wife that day as she got up in the truck when nobody else was out there and couldn't get down by herself (HA HA HA HA). The driver said he couldn't take her back to St Louis since she would need to get out so he could get Bigfoot back on the trailer to go home.
Thank you so much to your driver for spending his entire day traveling and working all day for my son and his wish to get in a real monster truck. His actual time here paled in comparison to the time he spent to get here and back and I a very grateful for his and your sacrifice to make this a reality for him.
Please feel free to share this story and the attached pictures as you see fit. Again thank you for your sacrifice in time and money to grant this for my son. Our family hopes to visit the museum some time in the future but regrettably in will be without Jon Jon. He is still here at Hospice House and has his good and bad days. They believe he has maybe a few weeks left but that is up to God. Prayers are always received gratefully.
David and Tina Fletcher
BAD BOY Larry Swim is in New Mexico, Hot Rod Tweedy is in Washington, and Dyno Dan Runte is in Oklahoma and on Thursday all are making a kid smile and maybe give hope and show them we care. Of course all of them and their families will get the VIP treatment at our shows this weekend. We will make sure they have t-shirts and plenty of autographs and they will be one of the freestyle judges also. Hopefully when the shows are done, the dirt is out of the building, the cars are back in the junk yard, and teams are heading down the road those kids still have a smile on their faces.
All we can do is hope and pray that next year when we come back those kids have found a miracle and get well.
Thanks to Bob Trent, Bob Chandler, the entire BIGFOOT crew and these drivers for giving their own personal time and effort to make 3 more dreams come true.
For me, the owner of the corporation (CFP), this is so rewarding – there really are no words to describe what I feel.
If the shows are bank busters and we sell out every show, it will mean no more to me than what is happening on Thursday in 3 different states this week. I am so proud of our CFP Crew and to be involved in this endeavor.
Ed Beckley - Checkered Flag Productions
March 11, 2010 - (St. Louis, MO) Following on the heels of the announcement that Team BIGFOOT would be reviving the legendary “Ms. BIGFOOT” name as part of their 35th Anniversary celebration, comes the announcement of the chosen driver for the re-incarnated machine. At a variety of events across the country this spring, summer, and fall, fans can expect to see 29-year-old monster truck veteran Amber Walker behind the wheel!
“I am very excited to be joining Team BIGFOOT!” said a beaming Walker. Although her name may be unfamiliar to some monster truck fans, her resume doesn’t disappoint. From 2001 through 2006 Walker spent her time as a driver and crew member for a large monster truck team based out of northern Indiana, campaigning trucks like Boogey Van and Monster Patrol at various events across North America. Interestingly enough, Amber will find some familiar faces at Team BIGFOOT, including Rodney Tweedy and Larry Swim, who both happen to be alumni of the same team for which Amber worked. “I am so very fortunate to be back working with some old colleagues and friends, as well as making new ones along the way,” stated Walker. She added that “this opportunity is a wonderful chance for me to get back to doing what I love, and doing it for the best team around.”
“We are very excited to have Amber on board to help re-launch the Ms. BIGFOOT name and identity,” said BIGFOOT 4x4 Inc. President Ann Trent. “I think it is going to be a great program on a number of levels, not the least of which encouraging our female fan base to get more involved. They deserve to have a BIGFOOT to root for as well!” Trent no doubt has a heartfelt connection to the Ms. BIGFOOT legacy, as her mother, Marilyn Chandler (wife of BIGFOOT creator Bob Chandler), debuted the original Ms. BIGFOOT in the mid 1980’s to great fanfare, along the way becoming the first female monster truck driver. “I think all of the guys will be gunning for her on-track at the events Ms. BIGFOOT will be competing at, but I feel she [Amber] will do just fine. Aside from her talent behind the wheel, her understanding of the mechanical side of the trucks and the awesome crew standing behind her at BIGFOOT will help propel her toward victory lane.”
“All in all, this is really just a great honor to be asked to drive a BIGFOOT truck, especially carrying on the tradition of the Ms. BIGFOOT name,” said Walker. “I’ve loved this sport and its fans for a long time now, and I’m ready to make some new ones behind the wheel of Ms. BIGFOOT. I’m ready to show the boys that I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and put the pedal to the metal!”
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Amber and Ms. BIGFOOT are currently scheduled to appear at eight events from May through September, including stops on the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals tour (Springfield, MO; Lima, OH; Bloomsburg, PA: Rochester, MN; and Indianapolis, IN), the BIGFOOT 4X4/Midwest Four Wheel Drive Open House in June, and non-points events in West Valley, UT and Las Vegas, NV. For more details on the above listed events and the entire BIGFOOT appearance schedule, fans can visit Bigfoot4x4.com/Events. To see Amber's Driver Profile CLICK HERE.
In addition, keep your eyes peeled for some NEW specially-designed Ms. BIGFOOT women’s t-shirts, hats, koozies, and posters!
March 8, 2010 - (St. Louis, MO) Race fans of all ages will be in for a treat during the 30th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals this May, as BIGFOOT #1, The Original Monster Truck®, and its creator, Bob Chandler, will be on-hand all weekend long. Chandler and will serve as the race’s Grand Marshall, while BIGFOOT #1 will be on display for the duration of the weekend (May 14-16), courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment.
The 30th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals will feature top teams and drivers in several classes qualifying and competing in thrilling side-by-side drag racing. Classes in competition include Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Cars, Pro-Mod, Pro-Stock Motorcycle, and Pro-Stock (featuring Summit Racing Equipment-backed drivers Jason Line and Greg Anderson). All of the great action will take place at the legendary Atlanta Dragway, just outside of Atlanta.
Although he is no doubt more accustomed to the dirt environs of monster truck competition, Chandler is undoubtedly looking forward to the event. “As wild as monster truck racing has become over the last two decades, the basic element of side-by-side drag racing is still there; most of us are drag racers at heart.” He went on to explain that “There is nothing quite like the immediacy of seeing two drivers and two vehicles settle things in just a few lightning quick seconds.”
Chandler is credited as being the father of the monster truck industry, as his personal pickup truck eventually became BIGFOOT #1, the world’s first monster truck, 35 years ago. Always one to help push his sport forward, Chandler has helped spearhead a number of advancements in monster truck safety, performance, and competition. Since monster trucks began competing for points championships in 1988, Chandler’s BIGFOOT team, which now has a total of nine vehicles including five race trucks, has amassed 25 National Championships. The BIGFOOT team counts Summit Racing Equipment among their major sponsors, a relationship that has served both organizations quite well.
“I’m very excited to nose around the pits and to meet all of the great fans that will be attending the race,” said Chandler. “What a great honor it is to be asked by the NHRA and Summit Racing to be the Grand Marshal for a national event. It truly is a privilege.”
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Fans can visit our Team BIGFOOT page for more information on all the BIGFOOT monster trucks and Bob Chandler, including a live event schedule, truck and driver biographies (including Chandler’s), photos, videos, and much more.
February 24, 2010 - (St. Louis, MO) Custom motorsports apparel manufacturer Champion System, and BIGFOOT, The Original Monster Truck®, have announced a partnership through 2012, making Champion System the “Official Crew Uniform of BIGFOOT”.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Champion System aboard as the official crew uniform supplier for BIGFOOT,” said BIGFOOT 4x4 Inc. Vice President Bob Trent. “The core values behind the BIGFOOT team are quality, professionalism, and performance. It is no coincidence that our values align perfectly with those of Champion System.” He added that “we strive for a high level of professionalism with our events, from performance and appearance of our truck to the appearance and capabilities of our staff. Thanks to Champion System, we’ll be looking as professional as ever.”
Eric Cody, Motorsports Division Director for Champion System was equally ecstatic. “Since first taking the world by storm in the early 1980’s, BIGFOOT has achieved unparalleled success in the sport of monster truck racing. We [Champion System] always look to partner with companies that are leaders in their sport and have quality operations. Choosing Team BIGFOOT was a no-brainer.” Cody went on to explain that “BIGFOOT’s rich history and tradition is something we are very proud to now be a part of. 35 years ago they almost single-handedly created an entire motorsport, and their team has been consummate professionals from the start. By partnering with Champion System for their uniform needs, I think they’ll be raising the bar even higher, and we are proud to be right there with them.”
“Champion System has just been fantastic to work with,” said BIGFOOT Marketing Specialist Kyle Doyle. “Champion System’s downloadable shirt templates made it easy for our staff to lay out a design that everyone could agree on. That, coupled with their low minimums and unlimited color selection at no extra charge makes them the obvious choice.”
Team BIGFOOT is celebrating their 35th Anniversary in 2010, a landmark that is unrivaled in the sport of monster truck racing. The team, which currently consists of BIGFOOT #1 (The Original Monster Truck), BIGFOOT #5 (the world’s tallest and heaviest pickup truck), five competition monster trucks and two static-display monster trucks will have accumulated over 700 appearance days at monster truck events, trade shows, drag races, car shows, and Firestone events over the course of the year.
To learn more about Champion System and their extensive line of custom apparel for the motorsports world, including their super-affordable “CS-5” five-shirt minimum, check them out online at www.champ-sys.com.
(St. Louis, MO) While most folks have yet to figure out their Memorial Day plans, Jonathan Northcutt and his staff at Madill Motor Sales in the tiny town of Madill, OK have an idea of what their Memorial Day weekend will entail. And, if nothing else, they definitely know they need to make some room…a LOT of room!
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