Have No Fear, Big Red Is Watching Over Woodward AvenueS

Lock up your arsonists. It's Big Red, possibly the world's longest (38') and heaviest (29,960 lbs) monster truck in the world, parked at the corner of 13 Mile and Woodward Avenue for this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The sign also notes Red is the world's only fully functional monster fire truck, which could prove handy if a blaze ever erupts atop a double row of crushed cars. It's a late-30s vintage International Harvester D series, best known as the platform of the psychedelically painted school bus named "Furthur." That was the groovemobile in which Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters crisscrossed the US in 1964, dropping more acid in a year than the entire student body of UMass did in all of the 1980s. But you won't find Wavy Gravy crashed out in this ladder truck. It's the product of Monster Truck Rides USA and Liberty-1 Motorsports, which reports the massive rig will depart from New York City on September 11, 2007 for Los Angeles on a cross-country fundraising trip for children's charities [Big Red Monster Fire Truck]