The Halloween Mud Bash is an October tradition at Barnyard All Terrain, which is located near Livermore, Maine. Saunter into the 120-acre facility during the Bash and you’ll see scores of 4x4s of all sizes and modification levels intermingled with a number of people in costume.
What is Barnyard All Terrain? Well, it’s a mud-oriented facility nestled in the rolling countryside of rural Maine and is surrounded by farmland and woods. As a matter of fact, the property used to be farm, hence the name. Barnyard materialized in 2007 due to the popularity of mud racing in the area. Barnyard All Terrain President Dave Lovewell says that racing used to be held in the farm’s cornfield on Sunday afternoons. Incidentally, the farm has been in the Lovewell family since the late 1700s. Soon, the racing got so big that they decided to create a track. From there, things took off. Nowadays, Barnyard features a Hill ’n Hole track, single-lane high-speed track, two-lane deep-mud track, 5-foot-deep Bounty Hole, and more. In addition to the tracks, the facility has a large camping area, available food, 4x4 wash-down capabilities, and more. It’s also laid out in such a way that spectators can see all the racing from one convenient location. Throughout the year, Barnyard hosts approximately four big events. For 2015, the list includes a Throttle King Qualifier, a 4th of July weekend event called Firecracker 4x4, a Trucks Gone Wild event, and of course the aforementioned Halloween Mud Bash. Dave is into it. “I love the sport. I love the people that participate in the sport,” he says.
When we walked into Barnyard on the first day of the two-day Halloween Mud Bash, we were almost immediately complimented on our Halloween costume. That was interesting because we weren’t in costume. Folks in Maine have a sense of humor. It must be the defense mechanism to handle the long winters. And speaking of long winters, mud racing ain’t happening in the winter months, which is the direct opposite to, say, the Southeast, which spools up mud activities in the wintertime due to the cooler temperatures. It’s during the long winter when folks in the extreme Northeast use their time wisely and get some serious wrenching done on their rigs. And for some, the length of winter gives them time to create some amazing custom rigs. During our time at the Halloween Mud Bash, one of things that we thought was cool was the wide variety of rigs. There were a number of daily drivers, but there was also a number of rockin’ heavily modified rigs, including mega trucks. Yes, there are mega trucks in Maine. It’s not just a Southeast thing.
If you’re looking for a unique event that’s populated by friendly people and scores of cool 4x4s, check out the Halloween Mud Bash or any of the events at Barnyard All Terrain. More info can be found at barnyardallterrain.com.
Saturday’s deep mud racing seemed to be the most popular at the Halloween Mud Bash judging by the number of rigs. It consisted of seven classes of competition, and it was cool to see licensed, daily driver/trail rigs like this Land Cruiser slinging mud.
October in Maine can be a tad frosty, and it was exactly that at the Halloween Mud Bash. It was cold enough for morning frost, but the mud didn’t freeze. A warming fire greeted racers at check-in.
Sean Poulin’s rear-engine 496ci-powered rig was all fired up as it attempted to exit the Bounty Hole.
It was interesting to walk through the pits and check out the tech. The owner of this Ranger did what many mud-runners do and mounted the radiator in the bed of his truck to eliminate clogging.
Go-fast mud rigs were tearing it up during Saturday’s deep mud racing.
If you like to pitch your 4x4 in mud, the Barnyard has you covered. If not, there’s plenty of room in the spectator area to sit comfortably and watch other folks get their 4x4 muddy.
There were four classes of Hill ’n Hole racing on Sunday. This fast, popular, straight-line racing contained more jumps than mud.
Neal Gagne owns Top Notch Fabrication in Lewiston, Maine, and his ’86 Chevy 1500-based rig sports a 505ci engine, Dr. Steves Transmssion Clinic-built TH400, SCS T-case, Detroit-locked high-pinion Dana 60 front axle, spooled 14-bolt rear axle, triangulated four-link suspension with FOA coilovers, hydraulic steering, and modified BKT 12.4x24 tires. The rig is seen here in action in the Hill ’n Hole competition.
Peter Gund’s homegrown rig is named, well, Home Grown. It’s packed with a 548ci V-8, TH400 transmission, NP205 T-case, 21⁄2-ton Rockwells, four-link suspension, Overtime CNC Performance shocks, and modified 14.9x24 BKT tires.