Dale Hancock

OWNER: Dale Hancock of Evansville, Indiana

VEHICLE: 1973 Ford F-250

ENGINE: Ford 460

CARBURETION: two 660 cfm. Holleys



RUNNING GEAR: three 2 1/2 ton Rockwell transfer cases to drop drive shaft angles, Rockwell PS115 planetary axles from a fork lift with a 19:1 final drive ratio

TIRES: 73X38X18.4 inch Goodyear Special Sure Grips

SUSPENSION: a big Chevy dump truck frame mounted upside-down, Firestone airbags and 12 Monroe shocks

FEATURES: triple chrome roll bar with a light bar and 5 off road lights, full tilt body, plush captain chairs, and Warn chrome bumpers.

WEIGHT: 15,000 lbs.

HEIGHT: 11 feet 6 inches

WIDTH: 12 feet

LENGTH: 18 feet 6 inches

COST TO BUILD: $75,000.00

QUARTER MILE: 15 seconds at 80 mph.

The Krimson Krusher applied the brakes after bouncing over a small hill to stay out of the crowd, which caused the truck to endo in Louisville, Kentucky in Nov. 1987. Dale had just received his roll cage but not installed it yet.

This shot is from Jeff Cook.

I scanned this shot from Bill Holder's book "The Ultimate Book Of Monster Trucks". Photography by John D. Farquhar.

This is from the "Auto Thrill Show" at the Pontiac Silverdome. USA 1 and Krimson Krusher did a monster drag race in the mud. AWSOME to see. The track crew destroyed K K trying to get it out. Hope you like these, Steve Hurt

I scanned these pictures from Magazines that I purchased.


I discovered your monster truck website a few years ago and I'm a big fan, I've gotta say I enjoyed monster trucks way more back in the day before all of the fiberglass bodies, computer drafted suspensions, alcohol burning engines, etc. Old school is definitely the way to go, with all the tricked out trucks with the hydraulic lifts, the lights, twin engines, etc.

Anyway, I noticed on your site that you or someone else had been searching for pictures of the Ford Bronco version of the Beech Nut Beast that used to be the Grizzly. I've attached two photos, one with my Dad and I, and one with my Grandparents from the WV State Fair. This truck was only on display, but I did see the Dodge Pickup version which later became the Newport Crusher at the New River Valley Fair in Dublin, VA. I'm sure not many people can say that they saw both of these trucks in person.

I also attached some photos from a mud bog/monster truck show that I attended with my family sometime in the 1980's, featuring the original Virginia Giant and the original Krimson Krusher with the 8 tires. The Michigan Ice Monster, Mega Force (with the flame paint job) and a Camaro monster (whose name I don't remember off the top of my head) was also there. (It was NOT the Dabney Bros. Blue Thunder.)

Hope you enjoy these photos.

David Hopkins

These shots were captured from War of the Monster Trucks.