VIRGINIA GIANT

OWNER; Bill Henkeland and Diehl Wilson of Winchester, Va.

BODY; 1985 Ford

ENGINE; 1969 Ford Boss 429 cu.in. bored to 494 cu.in.

CARBURETION; 2 Predators atop a 6-71 blower

HORSEPOWER; 800

TRANSMISSION; Ford C-6

RUNNING GEAR; Custom built SCS transfer case, 5 ton Rockwell axles with planetaries

SUSPENSION; 30 inch Rugged Trail lift and 16 Rugged Trail shocks

TIRES; 66X43X25 inch Firestone Flotation 23's

FEATURES; full tilt body, House of Steel combination roll/light bar fitted with Trail Blazer emergency light bar. Rear bumper from House of Steel while the front was custom made with a blue flashing light behind the word GIANT.

TIME TO BUILD; 1 1/2 years

COST TO BUILD; $150,000.00

WEIGHT; 13,000 lbs.

HEIGHT; 11 FEET

TOP SPEED; 40 mph.

I saw this truck win the show in Wilson, NC. April, 1988. I took pictures 1-15 below.

Dennis Taft 1988

Dennis Taft 1988

Ann and Alex

Ann and Alex

CPL. Dennis, a friend in the Marine Corps.

CPL. Michael Dennis, a friend in the Marine Corps.

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

Wilson, NC. 1988

I scanned these shots from Michael Benson's book "Monster Trucks". Photography by Mike Bargo.

I scanned these shots from Bill Holder's book "Monstrous Trucks". Photography by Harry Dunn.

I scanned these pictures from Magazines that I purchased.

Don Sheehey sent me these 6 pictures.

I scanned this shot from a Monster Jam Official Souvenir Yearbook.

Dennis,

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

I captured these shots from videos.

These shots were captured from a Philadelphia 1986 show. Chick for show.

These shots were captured from a Pontiac 1987 show. Chick for show.

These shots were captured from a Pittsburgh 1987 show. Chick for show.

These shots were captured from a Buffalo 1987 show. Chick for show.

These shots were captured from a Seattle 1988 show. Chick for show.

These shots were captured from a show in Minneapolis 1989. Click for show.

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