For your information we have compiled in conjunction with the USA BIGFOOTs® a list of 'Frequently Asked Questions & Answers'. We hope we have included everything, but there is always something someone wants to know that we did not think of! If you have a question that is not answered in this section then please go to our facebook page where we we will do our very best to not only answer it but also add it to the ever growing list!
Is BIGFOOT® #17 a real BIGFOOT®?
Yes! BIGFOOT® #17 is a real BIGFOOT® built with the full help and assistance of the BIGFOOT® team in St Louis, Missouri, USA. BIGFOOT® founder Bob Chandler conceived BIGFOOT® #17, during discussions with Nigel Morris. As it became clear that due to very heavy appearance schedules in the USA, no existing BIGFOOT® could be made available for a European tour, so Bob Chandler had the idea of building a BIGFOOT® in England for use in Europe.
Where can I buy BIGFOOT® Merchandise?
You can buy BIGFOOT® Merchandise here.
How much does BIGFOOT® cost to build?
It is extremely hard to put a firm price on the cost of building a BIGFOOT®. There are so many different factors to take into account, including man-hours and all of the different parts that are needed. If we had to put a price on it then it would be around £140,000.
Can I get a ride in BIGFOOT®?
Due to the extremely high running costs as well as the safety aspect you can not currently enjoy a ride in BIGFOOT®. There are many other ride trucks out there, but unfortunately BIGFOOT® is not one of them.
How many other countries has BIGFOOT® visited?
BIGFOOT® has appeared in Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, Caracao, England, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela, and Wales.
How long does it take to build a BIGFOOT® truck?
It can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to build a BIGFOOT® truck. This varies depending on how much time is put into it & how many people are working on the project.
How fast can BIGFOOT® go?
BIGFOOT® has been driven at over 80 miles per hour. This is accomplished by raising the gear ratio.
What are some of BIGFOOT'S® greatest accomplishments?
Aside from being "The Original Monster Truck®", BIGFOOT® was the first to use 66-inch tyres and the first to use rear steering. It made the first car crush in front of an audience in 1982. BIGFOOT® has appeared in many movies and TV shows as well as winning 6 World Championships; 5 of these in a row...another first! BIGFOOT® also holds several world records including outdoor long distance Monster Truck jump at 202 feet and longest wheelie!
Where did the name "BIGFOOT®" come from?
When first starting out, Bob Chandler was always breaking axles and engine parts. One day he asked a friend what he thought the problem was. Ron Magruder responded with "it's because of your big foot"! Eventually that name made it onto the door of the original truck, in small letters just below the window.
Can BIGFOOT® drive on the road or is it illegal?
BIGFOOT® is not street legal. With the big tyres on, the trucks are too wide, 11 to 12 feet, way too big for the UK roads. It requires special permits or a police escort. If it was road legal, BIGFOOT® would not worry about traffic jams. It would just be "play" time.
How far can BIGFOOT® jump?
BIGFOOT® has set several record jumps over the years. Aside from other past records, in July, 1999, Dan Runte & BIGFOOT® #14 in the USA flew a total of 144 ft. 10 in.!!! That record was again broken. Dan Runte in BIGFOOT® #14 jumped 202 feet over a 727 jetliner again in the USA. The norm is 110 to 115 feet (more than 14 cars side by side) and up to 20-25 feet in the air.
Where is BIGFOOT® #13?
For the same reason there is no 13th floor in most hotels, there is also no BIGFOOT® #13! The #13 has been symbolised with bad luck, our guys prefer to have good luck!
How do we get BIGFOOT® #17 from one race to another?
BIGFOOT® #17 is transported in the BIGFOOT® hauler. A 45 foot long articulated truck that has been custom built soley to move BIGFOOT®. After a racing event we remove the monster tyres and fit BIGFOOT® with much smaller transport wheels, these are the same size as the ones commonly found on the front of a farm tractor. We can then drive BIGFOOT® into the trailer where it is securely strapped down. We then roll two of the 66" tall monster truck tyres into the back of the trailer where a special cradel lifts them into the roof, leaving just enough room to roll the last two tyres underneath, which are also tied down.
When building the BIGFOOT transport trailer we also added some cosy living accommodation at the front, with just enough room for the two of us, so there really is not any wasted space.