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Mud & Mayhem

Posted in Events on September 1, 2000
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It is always fun after spending some time rockcrawling to go take in the high speeds and violence of mudding. This big Chevy was well-equipped and blew through most of the mud pit with It is always fun after spending some time rockcrawling to go take in the high speeds and violence of mudding. This big Chevy was well-equipped and blew through most of the mud pit with
This early Bronco was seen flinging lots of mud into a low-Earth orbit. It is hard to believe, but the Bronco is actually pulling the Chevy behind it out of a stuck. This early Bronco was seen flinging lots of mud into a low-Earth orbit. It is hard to believe, but the Bronco is actually pulling the Chevy behind it out of a stuck.
The boys from Car Craft magazine were seen testing their latest project vehicle. Well, not really, but Minnesota does seem to be the home of the car-bodied 4x4. The boys from Car Craft magazine were seen testing their latest project vehicle. Well, not really, but Minnesota does seem to be the home of the car-bodied 4x4.
Mud N’ More definitely brings out the weird and the whacky. This contraption was hinged in the middle, allowing it to pivot in many directions. A torquey motor also allowed it to lift a tire! Mud N’ More definitely brings out the weird and the whacky. This contraption was hinged in the middle, allowing it to pivot in many directions. A torquey motor also allowed it to lift a tire!
Rollovers in mud are rarer but do happen. This unfortunate soul was unlucky enough to catch a rut dug by a high-horsepower rig and flopped onto its side. Its occupants were OK but a little gooier after the ride. Rollovers in mud are rarer but do happen. This unfortunate soul was unlucky enough to catch a rut dug by a high-horsepower rig and flopped onto its side. Its occupants were OK but a little gooier after the ride.
Breakage was common and many trucks limped off to the pits…never to be seen again. A little wrench magic got this big Ford up and going again. Breakage was common and many trucks limped off to the pits…never to be seen again. A little wrench magic got this big Ford up and going again.
The hot setup for running in the mud is to relocate the radiator to the back. That helps to keep the radiator clean and running cool. However, be careful where you route the hoses or you will wind up getting a steam bath, as these folks discovered. The hot setup for running in the mud is to relocate the radiator to the back. That helps to keep the radiator clean and running cool. However, be careful where you route the hoses or you will wind up getting a steam bath, as these folks discovered.
Part of the fun of the event is all the spectators that come out to witness the madness. What does the crowd like? Rollovers, crashes, and general destruction and mayhem top their list. Part of the fun of the event is all the spectators that come out to witness the madness. What does the crowd like? Rollovers, crashes, and general destruction and mayhem top their list.
Somewhere underneath all that smoke is a vehicle. Besides snapped axles, scattered transfer cases, and thrown driveshafts was the occasional fire. Most of them died out pretty quick after a blast from an extinguisher. Somewhere underneath all that smoke is a vehicle. Besides snapped axles, scattered transfer cases, and thrown driveshafts was the occasional fire. Most of them died out pretty quick after a blast from an extinguisher.
What was the hot vehicle that dominated the mud pit all day long and never got stuck? Much to our dismay it was this tractor that was on hand to pull out stranded goo-goers. What was the hot vehicle that dominated the mud pit all day long and never got stuck? Much to our dismay it was this tractor that was on hand to pull out stranded goo-goers.
A nearby slime-infested hill provided some entertainment for spectators in the form of a couple of rollovers. This early Bronco went driver-side down when its operator got a little too frisky with the go-pedal trying to turn around at the bottom. A nearby slime-infested hill provided some entertainment for spectators in the form of a couple of rollovers. This early Bronco went driver-side down when its operator got a little too frisky with the go-pedal trying to turn around at the bottom.
Some big boys showed up this year to play in the bog and made easy work of the mud pit. They were cool to watch but it was the lesser-equipped rigs that put on more of a show struggling through the muck. Some big boys showed up this year to play in the bog and made easy work of the mud pit. They were cool to watch but it was the lesser-equipped rigs that put on more of a show struggling through the muck.

Nothing brings out a crowd like Mud N’ More. About four times a year, the crew floods the mud pit near Buffalo, Minnesota, and opens it up for those who want to play. Mudders from all over come to bathe their vehicles in the goo and have some fun. Everything from stock rigs to full-tilt, high-horsepower boggers show up to take full advantage of the slime festival and every year the mud seems to get deeper. Goofy contraptions of all sorts can be seen slinging mud skyward. This year, we joined in the celebration and snapped as many photos as we could to bring you the action.

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