Making A Comeback
I have been too many mud bogs in a 30-year period, and in the late '80s I photographed for both the National and American Mud Bog Associations. I traveled to several cities throughout Arizona and New Mexico, and in those cities would be sports complexes crowded with people who came just to see high-powered, jacked-up, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Some had regular street tires, while others had tall farming tires that would rip through the mud.
The NMBA had built a truck that was later converted into a monster truck. The Black Knight had tires on it that 6 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. These tires would sling mud everywhere. Then by the mid '90s the mud bog scene started to fade away.
In the last several years mud bogging in Arizona has made its way back to popularity. I see bigger than normal interest up in the Four Corners area of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. This was one of the favorite areas of the NMBA.
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In the last few years I've been asked by several promoters and past friends to attend their mud bogs. I have traveled to different towns to photograph an event or even play nights in the mud. There are motorsport tracks like Speedworld and ET, which have been holding mud bogs for fun. In either the single bog or the duals races, it seems that everyone is having fun getting their truck dirty. Some of the others are planned around a seasonal event, while other are planned special events.
Back in the '80s, magazines that covered these motorsports events were few and far between. Now magazines like Mud Life help this sport grow and thrive. Digital media has also helped out this sport because one minute you can record a vehicle running through the mud and the next you can post it on social networks.
Someday the mud bog scene will put Arizona back on the map as a place to go where you can come to have fun, race, and get dirty just like at Dennis Anderson's North Vs. South and the Redneck Yacht Club. Here are some photos of locations around Arizona mud bogs.