Innovation has a way of being a way to show there's a better and sometimes easier way to do something in life. In motorsports, innovation comes with the times, as technology gets better, and the vehicles get faster, and safer.
We live in an era in motorsports where technology is involved in every aspect to make sure the bits and pieces of the car, and even the drivers, are within guidelines.
Monster trucks were for a long while the same way, but on a slower pace. When Bigfoot debuted in 1974, it was still just a stock truck with bigger tires and bigger components. But as things kept breaking, newer pieces were added to make it better, and stronger. By the mid 1980's, the team had expanded to three trucks, but were set to make a big step forward in the industry. Bigfoot 4 set the tone for the new generation of trucks, using a better frame and newer suspension ideas to make the truck handle a lot better than it's older brothers.
That truck became the workhorse of the industry for many years, and by the end of the decade was still considered the top truck in the industry, even with the newer Bigfoot 6 and 7 competing alongside.
By 1989, it was clear the monster truck industry was heading in a racing direction, but according to Bob Chandler, the man behind the Bigfoot truck and monster truck industry, the second-generation monster truck was running it's course.
"We took the 'Stage Two' monster trucks, which were Bigfoots 4, 6 and 7, as far as they could go. They were heavy, and we had to go to a lighter class of vehicles. We had to go faster," Chandler said. "So we had to completely redesign a truck from scratch."
With that notion, the next Bigfoot truck that would roll out of the shop in Hazelwood, Missouri, would set the new standard for the industry.