There are some pretty awesome RC scale models out there, but this one is certainly at the top of the list—especially if you are a fan of Grave Digger. This guy has built a 1/4 scale model of the legendary monster truck that not only looks like the original but also sounds like it. The creator of this remote-controlled beast is ready to take it for a run and show us what it can do. No matter how it performs, though, it definitely gets an A+ for looks.
The Story behind the Legend
For some more context for this before viewing, you may be interested to know that Grave Digger was conceived 25 years ago. Dennis Anderson originally designed it as a mud bogger in 1981. The first version was a 1952 red Ford pickup, but later on he used a 1951 Ford Panel truck which would become the first Grave Digger monster truck. Anderson trash talking his fellow racers by saying “I’ll take this old truck and dig your grave with it!” was the origin of the Grave Digger name. In 1986, Grave Digger became a true monster truck and got its trademark graveyard paint scheme.
Grave Digger 2 was built in 1989 from a 1950 Chevy panel van body. The new body led to even more popularity, and TNT started promoting the monster truck heavily for its races. The popularity of the truck would continue to grow throughout the 90s, leading to Anderson hiring drivers to man other Grave Digger trucks.
Grave Digger and Monster Jam
Grave Digger is synonymous with the live motorsport events it competes in known as Monster Jam. These events feature monster truck freestyle and racing competitions. Smaller shows have a wheelie and donut competition. Freestyle competitions feature a 90-second open floor show in which the truck shows off its skills by doing stunts and tricks and driving over other cars. Of course, there is also side-by-side racing where the winner of each heat moves on to the next round. Just like in NASCAR, Monster Jam has a seasonal tour each year in which competitors accumulate points. From 1999 to 2004, Grave Digger was the Monster Jam Points Champion 4 times. It was also the Monster Jam World Racing Champion 3 times from 2004 to 2010.
Grave Digger’s Insane Specs
It’s no wonder that Grave Digger has won so many Monster Jam events when you take a look at its insane specs. Here are some of this Monster Truck’s amazing numbers:
• Supercharged V8 1,450-horsepower engine
• Weighs 10,000 pounds
• Accelerates from 0 to 30 mph in 1.52 seconds
• Goes from 45 to 70 mph in 3.06 seconds
• Consumes 140 gallons of fuel per mile
The Grave Digger vs. Bigfoot Rivalry
If you are really into monster trucks, you probably have a favorite between Grave Digger and its most well-known rival Bigfoot. Created a few years before Grave Digger, Bigfoot has roughly the same horsepower (1,580) as Grave Digger. A few years ago, Bigfoot 18 broke the Guinness World Record for the longest monster truck jump (214 feet, 8 inches). Though they are considered rivals and have their own set of devoted fans, Grave Digger and Bigfoot rarely compete against each other these days. In 1987, however, Grave Digger beat Bigfoot in a competition that aired on ESPN. The event was Grave Digger’s first major victory. Overall, the 2 monster trucks had a fairly even split of head-to-head wins and losses. Based on bangshift.com poll results, however, Bigfoot remains the more popular monster truck. Though devoted fans of Grave Digger may have some animosity for Bigfoot fans and vice a versa, the rivalry isn’t as heated between the drivers. Early on in the rivalry, Dennis Anderson said that he loved Bigfoot and that he never would have made Grave Digger if it wasn’t for is his so-called rival paving the way for monster trucks.
Will the Test Go Off without a Hitch?
Whether you’re a fan of one or the other or both of these monster trucks, you will appreciate this guy’s RC scale model of Grave Digger. Take a look and make sure to have the sound up so you can hear that high-revving engine. You can also cast your vote here if you have a preference for either Grave Digger or Bigfoot.