Mud is arguably the Number One natural obstacle off-roaders face. Ironically, many wheelers hate it. Mud is funny. Not funny ha-ha, but funny in the sense that often we don’t really know what we’re getting into with mud until we get into it. For example, we can look at a section of rocks and plan a strategic line to crawl. Not mud. Often we just have to give it a whirl and see what happens. But here’s the thing: mud is deceiving. It’s most common trick is to look innocent and shallow, but in reality be evil and bottomless. Mud can cause a staggering amount of vehicle breakage, and on top of that, it works its way into every nook and cranny of a rig like a virus infects a computer. It’s no wonder that many wheelers give mud the evil eye.
If mud has a PR problem, it hasn’t reached the folks who attended the 2014 Trucks Gone Wild Superbog at the Iron Horse Mud Ranch in Perry, Florida. These folks don’t have a problem with mud at all. As a matter of fact, it appears they’re buddies.
You’re probably familiar with the Trucks Gone Wild (TGW) franchise, but if not, here’s the lowdown: The company, created by Chuck Davis, Matt Steele and Chris Ledford, is most well known for their action-packed, mud-centric videos. In 2005, TGW offered its first video in what would become an ongoing series, and the momentum continues as the company now offers its 18th video in the series. Nowadays, TGW videos are available on DVD and via digital download at iTunes (digital downloads are available for videos 13-18 in the series). However, videos aren’t all the company does. TGW has morphed into a massive event series (24 events in 2014) that take place at locations east of the Mississippi River. TGW also offers hot-selling branded merchandise. When we asked Chris about TGW history, he said, “We were hoping for about 10 months, but we’re at 10 years.” Matt says that an indicator of how popular the TGW events are is that they draw repeat attendees from all over the country.
For the Superbog, TGW partnered with the Iron Horse Mud Ranch (IHMR). For the record, this is the third year the Superbog has been held at the Ranch. The Ranch also hosts the annual TGW Dysfunctional Family Reunion (yeah, sounds interesting). IHMR’s incredible 520-acre facility is a sight to behold. From its impressive grand entryway to the streamlined, mega-efficient check-in procedure to the legit mud holes and grounds, IHMR is an impressive place.
But it’s the mud-loving people that made the Superbog happen, and they came out in droves with their trucks. TGW estimates that there were over 1,000 trucks in attendance. Folks came to party, camp, show off, drive around, and fling mud in their 4x4s. Trucks ranged from daily drivers to swamp buggies to huge mega trucks and everything in between.
In the end, the Superbog was truth in advertising, and it was a blast. It had the feel of a grassroots event with a party atmosphere. For more info on the Trucks Gone Wild series, visit trucksgonewild.com. For more info on the Iron Horse Mud Ranch, visit ironhorsemudranch.com.