Bigfoot monster truck is coming for the first-ever Bournemouth Wheels Festival

Bournemouth Echo: FLYING: Bigfoot crushes cars. Picture by Lisa Morris Monsterphotos.co.uk FLYING: Bigfoot crushes cars. Picture by Lisa Morris Monsterphotos.co.uk

IT’S 10 feet high, 18 feet long, its tyres weigh 500kg each and it is coming to Bournemouth beach.

The legendary Bigfoot monster truck will be tearing up the sand at this year’s Bournemouth Wheels Festival, which takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Team Bigfoot is based in Daventry, Northamptonshire, and has been putting on shows since 2003. It has travelled as far as the Middle East.

Now, the power and scale of monster trucks are set to come to Bournemouth seafront, with four shows per day.

Nigel Morris, from Team Bigfoot Racing, said: “As the world’s original monster truck, Bigfoot has been involved with a great many ‘firsts’, but I have to say that in my 10 years at the wheel on Bigfoot number 17 the Bournemouth Wheels Festival has to be one of my most exciting.

“I am a complete petrol head and to have this many amazing and diverse vehicles in one place at one time is going to be a feast for my senses.

“I am really looking forward to putting on an amazing show for the audiences in Bournemouth.”

Bigfoot 17 is officially 17 out of 20 in existence, with two more being built in the USA.

It has a huge V8 engine and runs on methanol, producing a whopping 1,750 horsepower and its fuel consumption stands at 56 yards per gallon.

There will be a monster truck offering rides, sponsored by Hoburne Holiday Parks, on the beach at the festival.

Tickets will cost £10, or £5 if you buy a copy of the Wheels Festival programme.

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7:30am Thu 17 Apr 14

Theo63 says...

It doesn't concern me, but 56 yards to the gallon? How does this fit in with the Council's "Green Policy?"
It doesn't concern me, but 56 yards to the gallon? How does this fit in with the Council's "Green Policy?" Theo63
  • Score: -7

7:38am Thu 17 Apr 14

Derf says...

Love the way number 17 is the original.
Oxymoron anyone?
Love the way number 17 is the original. Oxymoron anyone? Derf
  • Score: 0

7:41am Thu 17 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

Yay!burn more oil!Tear up the beach!

Yeahhhh,so big and clever.

Is it showing off
Yay!burn more oil!Tear up the beach! Yeahhhh,so big and clever. Is it showing off anotherfatslob
  • Score: -16

7:51am Thu 17 Apr 14

adspacebroker says...

It would be great to see that thing tear up Poole Quay on a Tuesday night!!!
It would be great to see that thing tear up Poole Quay on a Tuesday night!!! adspacebroker
  • Score: 9

7:51am Thu 17 Apr 14

Huey says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
Yay!burn more oil!Tear up the beach!

Yeahhhh,so big and clever.

Is it showing off
It probably IS showing off, but then again that is an integral part of what entertainment is about.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm sure it will be popular, my young nephews will no doubt enjoy it as will many other families.
As for its fuel consumption of 56 yards per gallon, that probably means it is as fuel efficient as the average Bournemouth and Poole rush hour traffic jam.
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: Yay!burn more oil!Tear up the beach! Yeahhhh,so big and clever. Is it showing off[/p][/quote]It probably IS showing off, but then again that is an integral part of what entertainment is about. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm sure it will be popular, my young nephews will no doubt enjoy it as will many other families. As for its fuel consumption of 56 yards per gallon, that probably means it is as fuel efficient as the average Bournemouth and Poole rush hour traffic jam. Huey
  • Score: 18

8:08am Thu 17 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

As the council must be aware that perpetuating this love affair with oil burning and sedentary lifestyles costs us all hugely with healthcare for lard butts,and climate change,can't we sue them for being moronic?
As the council must be aware that perpetuating this love affair with oil burning and sedentary lifestyles costs us all hugely with healthcare for lard butts,and climate change,can't we sue them for being moronic? anotherfatslob
  • Score: -17

8:12am Thu 17 Apr 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Theo63 wrote:
It doesn't concern me, but 56 yards to the gallon? How does this fit in with the Council's "Green Policy?"
Bournemouth council has a policy of writing a policy to show they have the paperwork and then they do nothing!
Examples include: fair trade, local food both set up in the last year and no real action, in fact knowing about the local food policy before leasing the new kiosks to S&D leisure in the lower gardens to sell a vast array of foreign foods is just laughable!
[quote][p][bold]Theo63[/bold] wrote: It doesn't concern me, but 56 yards to the gallon? How does this fit in with the Council's "Green Policy?"[/p][/quote]Bournemouth council has a policy of writing a policy to show they have the paperwork and then they do nothing! Examples include: fair trade, local food both set up in the last year and no real action, in fact knowing about the local food policy before leasing the new kiosks to S&D leisure in the lower gardens to sell a vast array of foreign foods is just laughable! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 1

8:29am Thu 17 Apr 14

gazbill says...

Its a shame this event is being hyped as "A FREE festival for all the family" when in fact individual events will be charging, such as the monster trucks for £10. I wonder how many other events will be FREE?
Its a shame this event is being hyped as "A FREE festival for all the family" when in fact individual events will be charging, such as the monster trucks for £10. I wonder how many other events will be FREE? gazbill
  • Score: 5

9:21am Thu 17 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

gazbill wrote:
Its a shame this event is being hyped as "A FREE festival for all the family" when in fact individual events will be charging, such as the monster trucks for £10. I wonder how many other events will be FREE?
You can pretty much guarantee that the usual suspects will make a fat profit from the event, especially the catering outlets and hotels who will hike their prices just like they do during the Air Festival. I don't see why the people making the money from the event shouldn't contribute more to the costs rather than it being dependent on local tax payers
[quote][p][bold]gazbill[/bold] wrote: Its a shame this event is being hyped as "A FREE festival for all the family" when in fact individual events will be charging, such as the monster trucks for £10. I wonder how many other events will be FREE?[/p][/quote]You can pretty much guarantee that the usual suspects will make a fat profit from the event, especially the catering outlets and hotels who will hike their prices just like they do during the Air Festival. I don't see why the people making the money from the event shouldn't contribute more to the costs rather than it being dependent on local tax payers BmthNewshound
  • Score: 2

9:33am Thu 17 Apr 14

Harpenter says...

I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals.
I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be
I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals. I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be Harpenter
  • Score: 24

10:19am Thu 17 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Derf wrote:
Love the way number 17 is the original.
Oxymoron anyone?
Bigfoot was the first ever monster truck. They mean Bigfoot 17 represents the original organisation that created the monster truck (a bloke called Bob Chandler, who built a large modified pickup to show off his 4x4 parts business), not that it is the first example.
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: Love the way number 17 is the original. Oxymoron anyone?[/p][/quote]Bigfoot was the first ever monster truck. They mean Bigfoot 17 represents the original organisation that created the monster truck (a bloke called Bob Chandler, who built a large modified pickup to show off his 4x4 parts business), not that it is the first example. speedy231278
  • Score: 5

10:21am Thu 17 Apr 14

retry69 says...

Harpenter wrote:
I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals.
I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be
100% agree but if you read my comment on the X factor hopefuls you would understand why so many are feeling even more grumpier than usual and if you noticed it's the same monotonous few,so ignore them and you and your family enjoy what's on offer because you are in the majority. :)
[quote][p][bold]Harpenter[/bold] wrote: I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals. I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be[/p][/quote]100% agree but if you read my comment on the X factor hopefuls you would understand why so many are feeling even more grumpier than usual and if you noticed it's the same monotonous few,so ignore them and you and your family enjoy what's on offer because you are in the majority. :) retry69
  • Score: 4

10:24am Thu 17 Apr 14

Huey says...

gazbill wrote:
Its a shame this event is being hyped as "A FREE festival for all the family" when in fact individual events will be charging, such as the monster trucks for £10. I wonder how many other events will be FREE?
The £10 is for a RIDE on the vehicle, you can watch it and the rest of the festival for free.
As for the traders not contributing, why not ask them how much money they have paid the council for their pitch?
Ultimately events like this and and the Airshow bring tourists and visitors to the town to have a good time and spend money.
We should encourage that.
[quote][p][bold]gazbill[/bold] wrote: Its a shame this event is being hyped as "A FREE festival for all the family" when in fact individual events will be charging, such as the monster trucks for £10. I wonder how many other events will be FREE?[/p][/quote]The £10 is for a RIDE on the vehicle, you can watch it and the rest of the festival for free. As for the traders not contributing, why not ask them how much money they have paid the council for their pitch? Ultimately events like this and and the Airshow bring tourists and visitors to the town to have a good time and spend money. We should encourage that. Huey
  • Score: 13

11:12am Thu 17 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Harpenter wrote:
I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals.
I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be
Hear, hear. I am heartily sick and tired of reading the same diatribe of negativity from what is essentially just a handful of ill informed, miserable moaners who take EVERY opportunity they can to talk the area down. It's not without problems but it's essentially a great place to live and those moaners need to shut up for once and just welcome something different and exciting for our children and visitors to enjoy.
[quote][p][bold]Harpenter[/bold] wrote: I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals. I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be[/p][/quote]Hear, hear. I am heartily sick and tired of reading the same diatribe of negativity from what is essentially just a handful of ill informed, miserable moaners who take EVERY opportunity they can to talk the area down. It's not without problems but it's essentially a great place to live and those moaners need to shut up for once and just welcome something different and exciting for our children and visitors to enjoy. Baysider
  • Score: 9

11:22am Thu 17 Apr 14

KitKatPuss says...

For heaven's sake....why the whining and whinging? This sort of entertainment brings tourists to the area and also provides something for locals to see and do.....we're lucky to have so many nice things happening in Bournemouth and Poole...stop complaining, get out and enjoy your life!
For heaven's sake....why the whining and whinging? This sort of entertainment brings tourists to the area and also provides something for locals to see and do.....we're lucky to have so many nice things happening in Bournemouth and Poole...stop complaining, get out and enjoy your life! KitKatPuss
  • Score: 8

11:49am Thu 17 Apr 14

boardsandphotos says...

Baysider wrote:
Harpenter wrote:
I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals.
I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be
Hear, hear. I am heartily sick and tired of reading the same diatribe of negativity from what is essentially just a handful of ill informed, miserable moaners who take EVERY opportunity they can to talk the area down. It's not without problems but it's essentially a great place to live and those moaners need to shut up for once and just welcome something different and exciting for our children and visitors to enjoy.
I second that Baysider, I am very thankful that I was born here, there are large parts of this country that are far worse than here. We have it good here, very good in fact.

Roll on the sunmer, can't wait!!
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harpenter[/bold] wrote: I recently read that Bournemouth is one of the 'happiest' places to live in England..... I'll assume those gathering that data did not check out the comments section in our local rag as they would clearly see its full of ungrateful, negative, and at time heartless locals. I for one will be enjoying this event with my family as I suspect those eager to criticise will be[/p][/quote]Hear, hear. I am heartily sick and tired of reading the same diatribe of negativity from what is essentially just a handful of ill informed, miserable moaners who take EVERY opportunity they can to talk the area down. It's not without problems but it's essentially a great place to live and those moaners need to shut up for once and just welcome something different and exciting for our children and visitors to enjoy.[/p][/quote]I second that Baysider, I am very thankful that I was born here, there are large parts of this country that are far worse than here. We have it good here, very good in fact. Roll on the sunmer, can't wait!! boardsandphotos
  • Score: 9

12:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

echoreader2701 says...

Summer is the best time of the year to live in Bournemouth, glorious weather, and brilliant events. Yet still you lot sit behind your keyboards and moan moan moan. I love living here, and bringing my children up here. At least all these events that the 90% of us enjoy and look forward to, give you serial moaners something to write about. I hope the enjoyment we get from these events, equate to the enjoyment you get from typing your rubbish.
Summer is the best time of the year to live in Bournemouth, glorious weather, and brilliant events. Yet still you lot sit behind your keyboards and moan moan moan. I love living here, and bringing my children up here. At least all these events that the 90% of us enjoy and look forward to, give you serial moaners something to write about. I hope the enjoyment we get from these events, equate to the enjoyment you get from typing your rubbish. echoreader2701
  • Score: 7

4:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Mike R-B says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Theo63 wrote:
It doesn't concern me, but 56 yards to the gallon? How does this fit in with the Council's "Green Policy?"
Bournemouth council has a policy of writing a policy to show they have the paperwork and then they do nothing!
Examples include: fair trade, local food both set up in the last year and no real action, in fact knowing about the local food policy before leasing the new kiosks to S&D leisure in the lower gardens to sell a vast array of foreign foods is just laughable!
"Big carbon Foot print" I guess...............
....
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Theo63[/bold] wrote: It doesn't concern me, but 56 yards to the gallon? How does this fit in with the Council's "Green Policy?"[/p][/quote]Bournemouth council has a policy of writing a policy to show they have the paperwork and then they do nothing! Examples include: fair trade, local food both set up in the last year and no real action, in fact knowing about the local food policy before leasing the new kiosks to S&D leisure in the lower gardens to sell a vast array of foreign foods is just laughable![/p][/quote]"Big carbon Foot print" I guess............... .... Mike R-B
  • Score: -2

9:22pm Thu 17 Apr 14

sprintervanman says...

It's called 'FUN'.....get out there and enjoy it and put a smile on your face or go sit in a graveyard and plan your future.
It's called 'FUN'.....get out there and enjoy it and put a smile on your face or go sit in a graveyard and plan your future. sprintervanman
  • Score: 0

7:56am Fri 18 Apr 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Feet? Yards? Gallon? Then 500kg. Why use imperial then metric? So backwards.
Feet? Yards? Gallon? Then 500kg. Why use imperial then metric? So backwards. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 0

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