Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:55
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:42
May has been full of muddy events and the rest of the racing season is shaping up to be just as full of motosports fun. To kick May off we visited the wonderful races fans of Coolville, Ohiol for Swampstock's season opener of Saturday May 4th. As usual, Swampstock was host to a great group of competitors who love to race and began the day with a show and shine, which was won by fan favorite Christy Hart and her mud buggy. They competition kicked off just after 3 p.m. and began with the Speed Pit, which got a little bumpy. We took a brief intermission to watch a dry run of the newly set up hill-n-hole ocurse, finished up the speed pit and moved onto the deep pit races. The deep pit was a challenge, but most of the vehicles were able to make a full run and one truck, driven by promoter Kevin Davis, slowly turned onto its side to give me a nice view of the truck's underside. Footage is already on the Hillbilly Proud Youtube channel and was featured on Season 7 Show 6 of The Hillbilly Proud Off Road Show. For more information and future race dates please visit swampstockmuddboggs.com or find them on facebook.
Mother's Day (aka Mudders Day) was full of things to do, and unable to choose just one we decided to split up. One team headed North to Girty, PA for a day of deep pit racing at Shorty's Hollow and another team headed West to Awesome Acres in Carroll, OH for a mud bog.
Shorty's Hollow is always a good time, and Mudders Day marks their first race of the season. The hard work that Shorty, Laura and all of their helpful friends put into working the pit and maintiaing the area is evident and appreciated and generally provides so of the nastiest mud we see all year. Shorty's Hollow has been a fan favorite on the show and videos we air at events because people love to watch the vehilce fight for every inch of forward motion. The audience will usually see at least a couple of trucks fly through the mud, but for the most part they are treated to a show of mud enveloping truck tires and bodies forcing them to a hault. We always have a great time getting "Dirty in Girty" and hope to be back soon. For more information and their monthly schedule visit the website at shortyshollow.com or follow them on facebook.
The race in Carroll, OH was a little different than Shorty's, it wasn't quite as deep or nasty but it was still a challenge and allowed bigger faster vehicles to compete and put on a great show. Steve Rhymer, a long time mud racer and event promoter, and his team hosted the event in partnership with a local group dfetermined to keep kids away from drugs. Together the raised some money and put on a great motorsports show for all of the supporters who showed up despite the low temperature and ridiculous wind. Things kicked off around 10 am with a new addition to Steve's events, a class just for kids which yielded some of the biggest smiles I have ever seen mud racers sport. After that the order went from small to big, starting off with Street Stock vehicles and moving onto the super modified classes. The racers came out in flocks and the race itself had very little downtime, making for an entertaining day of filming. To learn more about Awesome Acres please visit awesomeacres.com and keep your eye on the Hillbilly Proud Youtube channel, videos will be posted soon.
Last weekend, Saturday May 18th, we went home to Jackson County for the Grasslick Mud Racing Association's first race of the year. We love the racers, the hosts and the location of this event and wish them the best of luck building it up, Jackson County is full of gearheads and motorsport enthusiasts. The day was beautiful and the trucks were ready. The venue at Grasslick Mud Races has two tracks, one shallow pit for mud/sand racing and one deeper pit for mud racing. The day started in the speed/sand pit with the larger classes going first and moving down to the Street and 4x6 Class. After that we moved to the mud pit, also going big to small on the classes. Some of the proceed go to support a nonprofit dedicating to sending care packages to Jackson County soldiers overseas, so get out there and support your local military and have some fun, for more find them on facebook GrassLick Mud Races.
This weekend we will be at Challenge In The Hills in Parsons, WV. Hillbilly Proud will be wrapping up the month with one of our favorite races, and the first race Keith stumbled upon that sparked his passion for off road racing and lead our company into motorsports. June 2 we will be in Gap Mills at WVMRA race. June 8 we will be at the Pleasants County Mud Bog in St. Mary's and at the Wood Festival mud race in Calhoun county. June 15 we will be in Sutton at our own WV Day Festival, and you should be too! And we will be at Havoc In The Hills the very next week slinging some mud, see you out there.