Bigfoot vs. USA-1: The Birth of Monster Truck Madness

In the late 1970s, Bob Chandler was just another car guy, the owner of Midwest

In the late 1970s, Bob Chandler was just another car guy, the owner of Midwest Four Wheel Drive Center in St. Louis, Missouri. “I had a pickup truck that I put product on,” he recalls. “Big tires, big axles. I always wanted it bigger. It was a vicious cycle.” Friends joked that Chandler liked to press hard on the accelerator. They called him Bigfoot, so he painted the name on the side of his truck, a 1974 Ford F-250 he had purchased new. One day a promoter called, offering to pay Chandler if he would bring Bigfoot to a local event.