DENNIS ANDERSON’S MONSTER JAM® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
2004, 2006, 2010
Four-time Monster Jam®
World Champion, Dennis Anderson created the legend of Grave Digger® back
in 1982, and to this day Grave Digger is the world's best-known Monster Jam
truck. Anderson created Grave Digger in an old garage in Kill Devil Hills,
North Carolina, where he originally pieced the machine together from old parts
of discarded vehicles. The original "mud-bogging" truck was supported
by the corroded chassis of a 1952 Ford pickup and ran on the innards of a
high-performance Chevy engine. Although his competitors had the advantage of
high-tech equipment, Anderson boasted, “I'll take this old junk and dig you a
grave." With these words the legend of Grave Digger was born. Anderson’s high-speed
racing, insane freestyle and awe-inspiring crashes guarantee to keep his
millions of fans on the edge of their seats at every event.
fleet of Grave Digger Monster Jam trucks continues to expand; Anderson’s
original creation has now become the largest and most decorated team in the
sport. Today’s Grave Digger Monster Jam trucks are a colossal improvement on his
original monster. Bearing the ghostly image created by painter Fred Bumann, each
Grave Digger Monster Jam truck is a machine that stands alone and intimidates all
in its presence.
home, on the beaches in the southeastern United States, Anderson's fame is a
product of his never-say-done, never-say-quit, never-say-can't attitude. He is
touted as the creator of freestyle, going back to his early days in the sport
when his aggressive driving style would often leave his broken after a round or
two of racing. Always determined to please his constantly growing fan base, in
those days Anderson would fix his Monster Jam after racing breakage and
convince the event promoters to let him go back out to put on a non-racing show
for one purpose: to please the fans, thus freestyle was born.
he claimed the sport’s first-ever Monster Jam World FinalsSM
Freestyle Championship in 2000, and later claimed the Monster Jam World Finals
Racing Championships in 2004, 2006 and 2010. Going on three decades of
thrilling the sport’s largest fan base, Anderson is not slowing down. He continues to keep up a busy schedule both
on the track and through his many charitable works, including extensive time devoted
to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2010, he won the Chris Greicius Celebrity
Award from Make-A-Wish in recognition for his admirable work with the children that
the charity represents.
he still competes among the highest ranks, Anderson also enjoys catching the
action supplied by his sons, Adam and Ryan, as they carry their father’s famous
legacy into the next generation of Monster Jam.
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started
competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
Dennis Anderson: I’ve been driving longer than Monster Jam
has been around. I got my start back with Dean Moore, a promoter of the Monster
on Wheels Tour, which featured mudbogging and car crushing.
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while
on the road with Monster Jam?
Dennis Anderson: Just sightseeing and getting to see parts of
the country that I haven’t seen yet. I also enjoy meeting new people, making
new friends, and catching up with old friends.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free
Dennis Anderson: I take my daughter (Krysten) to the barn
while she rides her horse. I take my son (Weston) camping or fishing,
occasionally messing with his go-kart or tuning up his power wheels. Sometimes
I like to hang around with Ryan and Adam while they are wrenching on their mud
MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory
as a Monster Jam truck driver?
Dennis Anderson: I have a few: winning my first Monster Jam
World Finals Freestyle Championship in 2000…Adam winning his first World
Freestyle Championship in 2008…Ryan winning the Rookie of the Year Award in
2010…and of course I can’t forget beating Bigfoot for the first time.
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show
rituals that you run though?
Dennis Anderson: I’ll walk the track and check out the jumps
and obstacles. Other than that, I just strap myself in and wait for the green
MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on
the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
Dennis Anderson: I would be an off-road tour guide, either in
the four wheel drive area or in a really cool swamp buggy or something like
that. Or maybe a waterway/fishing tour guide with the baddest boat.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
Shrimp and tuna. I love seafood.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
Dennis Anderson: Forrest Gump
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite
Dennis Anderson: How It’s Made
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?
Dennis Anderson: Black