Cryptomobiles {New Image Updates}

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 19th, 2009

They exist out there. They are investigative vehicles speeding their way to the next Bigfoot, Champ, and other cryptid sightings. You’ve seen them on their journeys. You might even own one. Share yours and share your sightings.

Some transports can be rather obviously labeled, as with this old truck, formerly owned by Matt the Tube Crowley.

Driving around Oregon is this car, but no information about it is known. Perhaps that is as it should be?


Thomas Steenburg is shown with his former investigative Land Rover, which assisted him in his Alberta research. Some folks use the side panel magnetic labeling method to let people know of, for example, their Sasquatch quest. Steenburg now lives in British Columbia and drives a different vehicle.

Michael Esordi sends in a picture of Steenburg’s old Land Rover with the Bigfoot Surplus logo on it.

Henry May took a photo of Tom Steenburg’s new transport, during the recent Yakima Bigfoot Roundup, and shares it here.

Peter Byrne’s Bigfoot Research Project during the late 1980s also used the magnetic stick-on for the side of their vans.

In the 1960s, a group of dedicated amateurs formed the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau to keep a constant vigil around Scotland’s Loch Ness. They had at least a couple vans with the painted identification indication of “Loch Ness Investigation” on their sides.


A little over a year ago, Cryptomundo correspondent Maine Crypto ~ Bridget Morse ~ sent along a photo of herself with her new “Cryptid” plate.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Maine, one of the Ft. Knox speakers, Christopher Gardner, an investigator of sightings of local lions, mountain lions, black panthers and Forteana, has the above plates.


All kinds of items can be seen being carried about in cryptomobiles. Photo by Allie Huyghe.

Civil War Dinos

One such Universal Studios-Orlando prop was the “Civil War Mystery Pterodactyl,” which took a trek via station wagon to a museum in New England. It is shown above in the original fake photo that was floated about the Internet. Courtesy of Gregg Hale (The Blair Witch Project, 1999), Executive Director, Haxan Productions, Florida.

Video capture by Jenny Davis.

Moments after my injury (see the pain in my face) at Lake Champlain on June 23rd, the photo (below) was taken by Mark Gould of the plate and bumper stickers on my hardworking 1996 station wagon. I said goodbye to this vehicle on July 13th, but, while not a Skoda Yeti, the new identity of my cryptomobile will remain occult for the time being. Only my plates, not bumper stickers nor window decals, will give me away for now.

Please share your jpegs of cryptovehicles you have sighted, including your own.


Michael Esordi of Bigfoot Surplus shares images of his vehicles,

and the Jeep belonging to William Dranginis of Manassas, Virginia.

Here are more images from Dranginis, himself, of his own vehicles. The Bigfoot investigative mobile station, his equipment-filled van, is no longer in his possession. It is shown below, also, as an educational facility that would be taken to schools.

Blake Mathys of Ohio sends in a shot of his 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser, which he no longer has.

Billy Willard, Director of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia passes along photos of his truck:

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

11 Responses to “Cryptomobiles {New Image Updates}”

  1. timi_hendrix responds:

    While driving on the highway I noticed a large white camper beside me. Stretched along the side of it was painted “Bigfoot”.

    I had a good laugh and if I wasn’t alone it would have made for good travel conversation.

    Does anyone know where to get those magnetic stick-ons?

    – Tim

  2. cryptidsrus responds:

    Great car you had, Loren!!!
    Love the bumper stickers. Never seen them, though. 🙁
    And I admire you for your “Stoical” attitude while being photographed. All the while while you are in pain. Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and Seneca would be proud, sir!!! 🙂

  3. forsakenfuture responds:

    I love cryptids and Jeeps.

    I’ve day dreamed of being a millionaire and having a company called AEV conversions (way cool place), to setup a few vehicles for cryptid expeditions.

  4. fortgeorge responds:

    You can get bumper stickers, magnets and other items of Bigfoot and cryptid things here.

    I’ve ordered from them before and like the products. =)

  5. Craig Woolheater responds:

    The stickers on Loren’s bumper can be purchased from Cryptomundo friend Mike Esordi’s website, Bigfoot Surplus.

  6. fortgeorge responds:

    Oh nice, would rather support friends of this community thanks for the information Craig.

  7. Loren Coleman responds:

    Craig is actually correct for the Bigfoot with the star, and perhaps the “I [heart] Bigfoot” sticker, in which I covered up the heart because I dislike those kinds.

    But the other one that is difficult to read says, “We exist because he exists.”

    This is from the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute, which you can find out more about here. They just opened in Massachusetts in the spring of 2008.

    They also have round bumper stickers that look like this:


  8. Bigfoot Surplus responds:

    If any Cryptomundo fans would like one of those Bigfoot-Star stickers for their cryptomobile send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and I’ll mail you one. Contact me at Bigfoot Surplus for address.

  9. CryptoInformant 2.0 responds:

    Hey, anyone know of any stickers that would fit on a bike? Just because I’m presently lacking a true cryptomobile doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take my interest in crypto mobile. 😀

    (What? I like puns.)

  10. browwiw responds:

    I won’t be impressed until I see a CryptoCopter.

  11. Loren Coleman responds:

    CryptoInformant 2.0 = The Bigfoot Surplus stickers fit quite well on bikes, and should get other vehicles’ attention. Of course, the drivers may be trying to read the Sasquatch info so closely that they might not pay attention to the traffic, but, then, I’m sure you’re use to that.

    Browwie = Grover Krantz had his self-built ultralight helicopter for planned air searching for Sasquatch, although I understand his mission was never accomplished.

    I suppose I should run another posting someday of photos of air and water craft (e.g. Loch Ness subs) that have served as cryptomobiles.

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