TRUCK NAME: BIGFOOT 6 (Now called the Castrol Crusher)
MAKE: 1992 F250 Ford pickup body (built in 1986)
OWNER: Steve Erickson
ENGINE SIZE: 460 cubic inch Ford
INFORMATION: BIGFOOT 6 was sold to an English promoter in 1994.The truck
was put through an extensive tour in 1992 & 1993 of Great Britain,
Iceland & other countries. It was driven by Ron Backman in 1992 and
by Jim Greco in 1993. Jim put the truck through 160 performances in the
UK in 164 days. In 1994 it toured Thailand, before being sold to the promoter.
The photo above was taken when BIGFOOT 6 came to my town. I managed
to get to the performance grounds just after the truck had arrived, so got to see the truck being unloaded & speak to driver Jim Greco.
I watched the crew as they put on the tires to BIGFOOT & the other
two monster trucks which where also performing with the show.(Rocket & Miami Thunder)
As this was
mid-morning and the show was not until later that night, I hung around
for a few hours chatting with the crew, as they set about their tasks to
prepare the truck for it's performance. One guy I was talking to had the
job of polishing up the big monster. I left him to it! I watched as they
bought some cars from a local scrap yard on a trailer and lined them up
ready to be crushed.
Jim Greco checked over the cars & made sure the
trunks of the cars where packed with old tires, that way they could take
the strain of those big tires crashing down on them, also the last thing
Jim wanted, was to rip one of those tires wide open on a jagged piece of
Later that night I went to the show (I was first in the que of
course). The three monster trucks where paraded around the grounds, I then
watched as stuntmen drove cars on two wheels, rolled them over, motorcyclists
jumping through a firewall, motorcycle wheelies, one bloke even set himself
alight, why? Eventually it was time for BIGFOOT to perform. Jim Greco drove
over the cars, a few times. I think he should have tried for a little more
air, as the truck, which was featured in the film "Police Academy
6", set a record in 1987 for jumping over 13 cars, so it was certainly
capable of doing it. I suppose with all those perfomances the truck was
needed for, they couldn't afford to break a major part on the truck, especially
being such a long way from home.
I bought a BIGFOOT t-shirt & a couple
of posters and got the phone number & address for BIGFOOT 4x4, from
the poster. I then became a member of the fan club & ocasionally would
phone up for merchandise, which was also a good excuse for me to ask how
BIGFOOT was getting on.
A few years later, I decided to use those pictures to start my website.
The truck is now touring the middle east, & is now called the Castrol Crusher.
Check out the other two trucks which were at the 1st show.The Rocket & the Miami Thunder Truck.
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