Dennis Anderson

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Dennis Anderson (born October 24, 1960) is a professional monster truck driver. He is the creator and driver of "Grave Digger" on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he now resides in Poplar Branch, North Carolina. In Poplar Branch he has his own shop where he signs autographs and shoots videos for MTV, SPEED, TNT, and other TV channels. He also has a wide display of monster trucks including many Grave Digger, one Taz, and one Fanta monster truck. He is always favored among a Monster Jam crowd.

Career

Dennis started out as a mud bogger with his original Grave Digger in 1981. This truck was a 1952 Ford pickup truck, later converted to a silver and blue 1951 Ford Panel Truck. At one local show, a scheduled monster truck failed to show up and Anderson, who already had large tractor tires on the truck, offered to crush cars in the absence of the full-size monster. The success of the vehicle led Anderson to pursue monster trucks as a career.

In 1986 Grave Digger underwent a transformation to complete monster truck and first received its distinctive black graveyard paint scheme. In 1987 and 1988 Anderson drove the truck primarily at TNT Motor sports races. In 1988 Anderson beat Bigfoot in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on a show taped for ESPN.

Anderson moved to Grave Digger 2 in 1989, with a new 1950 Chevrolet panel van body. TNT began promoting Grave Digger...
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