Originally built as a mud-bogging machine, Grave Digger got its name after its owner, Dennis Anderson, told his competitors that he’ll dig their graves using his beat-up old truck. The first Grave Digger was a 1952 Ford pickup shod in mud-bogging tires and powered by a Chevrolet small-block engine.
Its move to monster truck competition started when Grave Digger replaced a monster truck that failed to show up and crush cars. In the mid-1980s, Grave Digger became a full-blown monster truck. A 1957 Chevrolet Panel Wagon replaced the old Ford pickup, donning massive tires and a powerful engine. Its haunting green and black paint scheme and red headlights make Grave Digger immediately recognizable, especially when it’s doing crazy jumps and flips inside a stadium. This was the version that gained popularity and was heavily promoted, eventually resulting in more Grave Digger trucks being made.
With four Monster Jam World Final championship wins, Grave Digger is one of the most decorated monster trucks. The team that operates Grave Digger is also well-known for its daring driving style, resulting in cool tricks and epic crashes. In total, nine Grave Digger trucks roam the country and perform at monster truck shows. Power comes from a supercharged V-8 with 1,500 hp.
Look for Grave Digger to perform at Monster Jam events across the nation. However, be prepared to stay for the whole show because the truck is usually the last one in the lineup.
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