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Vermonster4x4 Snow Bogs

Posted in Events on July 10, 2014
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Contributors: Ricky B Wilson(4x4cross) Josh Lockett; Heather Sullivan
Photographers: (4x4cross) Josh Lockett; Heather Sullivan

All right, this is definitely a different take on bogging. But hey, as long as we got sick trucks doin’ crazy stuff it’s totally worth checkin’ out, right? I mean, these Northern dudes and chicks love that snow stuff—ha ha. Granted, I’m from N.C. myself and we only get to see some slight snow on occasion. Going up to Vermont in February is a whole other ballgame when it comes to weather—a “wicked awesome” ballgame, that is.

Randy Oakley, owner of Vermonster4x4, is a crazy dude who’s always looking to take stuff to the next level. He puts on events all over New England while wreaking havoc in his mega truck, Truck Norris. His mainstream events are all Vermonster4x4 mud bogs located in Bradford, Vermont. This event is typically held once in spring and then again in fall.

The Snow Bogs are a recent addition, and this was only the second year that Randy has been holding the event. As with any great event, the second one was even more successful than the first. Being from the South myself, I was wondering why anyone would go to an event in below 60-degree temperatures with snow everywhere. It‘s too cold for this $#*! They have managed to draw a huge crowd for two years running though, and it isn’t losing any steam anytime soon.

Trust me, I talk junk about the cold but the bogs are legit and totally worth the ride north. It’s such a unique and awesome experience, and everyone from the spectators to the racers alike have nothing but good things to say about the event. Oakley runs a bunch of different competitions including side-by-side drag racing, rockcrawling, obstacle course racing, and freestyle competitions.

The two additions that were made this year were a big tire drag pit and a snowmobile racing obstacle course. It’s all legit, and the snowmobile racing fits in perfectly. They are sick to watch, and let me tell you: Every time I go up there someone is brave enough to let me drive one of their snowmobiles. I have mad respect for anyone who rides ’em because they are way harder than they look. I can’t make the freakin’ things turn hardly at all, LOL. Seriously, anyone who can hop on a four-wheeler or snowmobile to race, jump, cut donuts, and do tricks gets mad respect from me.

As always, this Vermonster4x4 event is a Yukon Gear & Axle National Throttle King Qualifier. The winners were Mike St. George driving Slow Ride and Richard Bernier in The Eliminator. The Mega-Truck winner was Mega-Matt Newell in No Mercy along with Seth Flaherty in his mega Toyota. Watching a freestyle in the snow is insane, and these guys did not disappoint. The event is extremely unique, one of a kind. It’s totally entertaining for gearheads like me, and I look forward to each year’s event.

I am thankful that the owner Randy has us up each and every time. He makes it possible for us to experience something that most people never will be able to. So if you’re in the area you should definitely check it out. Plus, Randy and his crew go beyond hospitality and treat us better than relatives treat one another most the time—ha ha. We have mad respect for the Vermonster4x4 family. You need to check the Snow Bogs out. If not, check out anything that Randy has a hand in, because the dude does a ton of work and it shows in all his impressive events all over the country.

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