In 1969, nearly 500,000 people convened in upstate New York for three days of peace, love, and music. Thirty-two years later and halfway across the United States, more than 3,000 people visited Potosi, Missouri, for something a little different.
There was peace, of course, though it was referred to as piece, as in piece of ragged U-joint. There was love, but more in the sense of love for the sport. And there was music. That is, of course, if you consider the sound of a 1,100hp monster truck engine wailing off the line music. Though the similarities are a stretch, these two events did have one thing in common: mud -- lots and lots of mud. And even though the organizers of Woodstock '69 hadn't planned for it, Mudstock 2001 hosts, the Bi-State Binders, and organizers, Sports-In-The-Rough, had.
It was a 4x4 playground, for the most part, with a taste of Tough Truck and Monster Truck racing mixed in. The obstacles ranged from giant tire pits and mud bogs to hillclimbs and urban rockcrawling courses. Day one of the event offered a show 'n' shine for those who didn't like getting too dirty and mud drags for those who did. Though Superlift served as the primary sponsor, a number of others were on hand to pitch their product and get to know their consumers. Among them were BFGoodrich Tires, Potosi Ford, Muddytires.com, Frank's Scout Salvage, and Parker Banks Chrysler Chevy.
To say the least, Mudstock 2001 offered all that it promised and more. Despite the heat and blistering sun, 4x4 enthusiasts turned out in droves to ensure it would be the epic event it was intended to be. For information about next years' event as well as other Sports-In-The-Rough functions, visit the Web site at www.sportsintherough.com or call (800) 556-2801 or (866) EVENT-INFO (383-6846).