The 2014 Trucks Gone Wild Superbog in Perry, Florida, was so much fun we felt the overpowering need to boomerang back to the Iron Horse Mud Ranch for Superbog 2015. As expected, the muddy nirvana was packed with mud faithful for several days of all things goo and the collection of 4x4s was mind boggling.
There are three main components that make the Superbog so amazing (and insane). First, there’s the location. The Iron Horse Mud Ranch is a massive 520-acre facility that has several killer mud holes, lots of camping space, several truck washes, and a close proximity to town for those who may need to acquire repair parts or who don’t like to camp. Another component is the Trucks Gone Wild (TGW) team. Matt Steele, Chuck Davis, and Chris Ledford, the creators of TGW, inject their brand of awesome 4x4 mud party they’ve been honing since 2005. And finally, there’s the massive number of participants and their rigs. Mud fans who bring with them a fascinating collection of 4x4s from street-legal daily-drivers to sick, fire-breathing mega trucks.
For 2015, the Superbog was celebrating its four-year anniversary, and the weekend’s events included a freestyle competition, Bounty Hole competition, and much more. Matt Steele was manning the mic for the Trucks Gone Wild Freestyle Championship Event 2015 as AJ Ganci flung his Jeep around the course in a wild display of horsepower to edge out the other competitors and win the event. The Superbog was also where Dale Baugh and Doug Stapleton were inducted into the Trucks Gone Wild Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a new feature of TGW for 2015. “We pick guys that are a big part of what we do and that have been there from the early days,” Matt says.
In the end, we didn’t want Superbog to end. The consolation is that it will return next year. Matt says, “The TGW events at Iron Horse Mud Ranch continue to get better and better every time. It's a combination of great people that attend the event and a well-run venue. It’s really magical when it all comes together. I hope to be running events there for years to come." The other consolation is that there are, in addition to Superbog, numerous other events in the TGW portfolio and you can see them at trucksgonewild.com.
Water hid a number of deep holes, which made for some awesome action as even the largest trucks had to rely on their horsepower and traction to navigate. Yeah, most hardcore mudders in the Southeast run ag-type tires.
That’s good mud right there, and it was one of several mud holes that were open for business during Superbog 2015 at the Iron Horse Mud Ranch. Truth in advertising.
We were so diggin’ Chris Ritter’s ’93 Ford. He did all the work on the truck and it has a 460ci V-8, heavily fortified C6 transmission, dual transfer cases (NP205 and 2 1/2-ton air shift), Rockwell 2 1/2-ton axles, and coilovers.
David Sayre’s Ford 6x6 turned a lot of heads, including ours. The truck has a Cummins turbodiesel mated to an Allison transmission, and it sports a trio of locked 5-ton axles.
Superbog 2015 drew a fascinating collection of functional and unusual rigs, like this late-model Mustang-bodied mudder. These types of swaps are quite common in the mud world, and events like the Superbog are a great place to see ’em in action.
The action started very early each morning and lasted well into the night. For mud lovers, Superbog is the equivalent to a weekend on the Rubicon Trail for rockcrawlers.
Bobby Brown and his Chevy Colorado are both staples of off-road racing. At Superbog, Bobby was either launching his versatile truck over the freestyle course or flingin’ Florida mud. Oh, and the truck is street legal and often driven to events.
Don’t know how your truck would do in mud? There’s one way to find out. Superbog drew scores of rigs of all build levels. At mud events like this, there’s no shame in getting stuck—just for not trying.
The Trucks Gone Wild Freestyle Championship Event 2015 was filled with insane action that brought cheers from the thousands of spectators. AJ Ganci flung his Jeep around the course in a wild display of horsepower to edge out the other competitors and win the event.
Suspension flex isn’t a priority with the mud crowd. Horsepower and traction is however, and the majority of the rigs sport big-block engines and ag-type tires.
No rig is too big or too small to turn into a mud machine. This old-school Suburban is sporting some of the latest and greatest parts, including a coilover suspension.
Superbog 2015 did have some non-mud entertainment, including the Trucks Gone Wild Freestyle Championship Event. It’s similar to monster truck freestyle, only the players are mostly mega/mud trucks. Here, Going Deep demonstrates how to go big.
Another unique rig we saw at Superbog was this Rockwell-axled fifth-gen Bronco fit with a coilover suspension.
This gives you an idea of just how deep some of the mudholes were at Superbog. This Chevy is massive, yet this hole swallowed almost the entire front end.
Some folks hit the mud with a sense of urgency, not even waiting for the early morning fog to clear from the Florida landscape before they fired up their machines and started slingin’.