It’s the Bahnyahhd. And when I say the Barnyard has Maine’s entire off-road scene on lock, I’m not lying. The place is straight-up legit, and the fact that Mud Life, 4x4cross, and Trucks Gone Wild frequent the place should tell you something. I said it before and I’ll say it again: What really makes a place so successful is the owners. The entire Lovewell family’s attention to detail, constant efforts to improve and innovate, and frankly the absolute standup way they treat the people who come through their gates is what makes this place such a continuously growing success. —Ricky B Wilson
Barnyard All Terrain, set back in the woods of Livermore, Maine, offers some of the best mud-running fun around. Opening weekend on June 1 had a major turnout, with hot sunny weather that peaked in the 90s all weekend long. The heat did not keep fans from having a great time or the drivers from competing for their spot in the Yukon Gear & Axle Throttle King Series. The event was held Ricky B’s 4x4cross in conjunction with the Barnyard.
For most of the day Saturday, drivers ran regular deep pit mud racing in the three separate pits. Each pit represented a class and was dug according to the modification level of the trucks. Class levels were designed for stock vehicles, race trucks, and trucks fitted with huge tractor tires. Saturday evening all the tuff truckin’ enthusiasts competed and raced their rides, jumping over the hills while bumping each other in midair. The tuff trucks almost created the feel of a demolition derby. Late Saturday night the DJ played for a huge crowd and everyone partied or hung out round campfires scattered across the park.
Sunday’s events didn’t slow down one bit. The day was filled with Hill N Hole racing, obstacle course racing, and fast-track dirt racing. There was even a class for the li’l guys, who competed in a flat-track Junior Consistency class. The kids raced everything from three-wheelers, four-wheelers, golf carts, and fullsize trucks. Each child had their name called over the loudspeaker, granting them a moment of fame.
The Yukon Gear & Axle Throttle King Qualifier started Saturday morning with the deep tractor tire mud pit. It was the first of several points events to qualify and continue racing. Trucks made their way as fast as they could through pits. A few drivers and their rigs, like the Bad Apple Jeep and the newly rebuilt Mad Maxx truck of Top Notch Fabrication, were skimming the top of the mud pits and making great times.
The two additional Throttle King Qualifier point events—the Hill N Hole and the obstacle course—were the first events Sunday morning. During the Hill N Hole, Jason Ouellette, owner of Balls Deep, found his truck in a nose-first flip that put in onto its side, eliminating him from the competition. The obstacle course consisted of a mix of Hill N Holes and the shallowest of the three deep mud pits. The course was laid out in a crazy horseshoe-type track. The overall qualifying race trucks were Bad Apple and Deep Trouble. The Mega Truck class qualifiers were Blue Bayou and Pit Viper.
Barnyard All Terrain is a great place to experience mud racing, and let us tell you firsthand that everyone there, from spectators to drivers, had a heck of a time! Owners David and Jill Lovewell, along with their sons and daughters-in-law, sure do know how to put on one awesome weekend event.