The world's most famous monster truck is headed to Riverhead Raceway this weekend. And he's bringing along some of his friends.
Bigfoot, the iconic Ford truck known for crushing civilian cars, is making its annual trek to the East End along with Storm Damage (Chevy), Viper (Dodge) and a new Jeep monster truck. They're scheduled to perform a half-hour show Saturday and Sunday. Another show truck will provide rides for a fee.
The first portion of the show is a freestyle competition in which the trucks, which put out anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 horsepower, will flatten cars, get some air and do doughnuts.
Jack Brady, the owner of KSR Motorsports (based in Philadelphia), tours with the monster trucks nearly year-round. He said Riverhead has been one of the crew's favorite stops over the past 10 years.
"Riverhead's one of the best spots, and it's toward the end of our season, so it's the final big show of the year," Brady said. "The kids love it and it's a whole family deal."
Bigfoot has been around since the early 1980s, but has evolved over the years. Now with six different racing models, the monster trucks can go as fast as 80 miles per hour on specially made Firestone 66 x 43 x 25 flotation tires. It gives off between 1,100 and 1,300 pounds of torque and has set a record jump of 200 feet. And it's pretty loud, too.
Another fan favorite coming to Riverhead this weekend is Doug Danger, a veteran motorcycle jumper who once held the world record for most cars jumped on a bike. Brady said Danger may attempt to clear a monster truck while it's in motion.