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Mudstock

Posted in Events on November 1, 2001
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Contributors: Wendy Frazier
Tow truck   for tow trucks. Tow truck for tow trucks.
Tie-dye was so in at this year’s Mudstock ’01. Super Junk, aka Brian Babb’s Dodge, turned ’em and burned ’em for a little mud action in one of the open play areas. His posse, the McKinney’s Mudd’n Militia, dedicated the outtasight truck to their friend R.J., who had to attend the stellar Mudstock event. Ode to R.J.’s ’78 holds a 440ci, a 44 front, a 14-bolt rear, 4.56s with lockers, and 44-inch Swampers. Tie-dye was so in at this year’s Mudstock ’01. Super Junk, aka Brian Babb’s Dodge, turned ’em and burned ’em for a little mud action in one of the open play areas. His posse, the McKinney’s Mudd’n Militia, dedicated the outtasight truck to their friend R.J., who had to attend the stellar Mudstock event. Ode to R.J.’s ’78 holds a 440ci, a 44 front, a 14-bolt rear, 4.56s with lockers, and 44-inch Swampers.
Searching for Bruce Springsteen? Look no further. He and a ’70s Ford driven by Evel Knievel’s stunt double were the event superstars. After Evel tore up his mud rig he jumped right into his backup rig (aka his tow vehicle). After there was no more go in the tow, and his one-man pit crew fixed the Ford, he returned to the bench seat cockpit, donned a helmet, and set up a crazy launching pad. Results can be scene in the attempted jump/rollover sequence on the next page. Searching for Bruce Springsteen? Look no further. He and a ’70s Ford driven by Evel Knievel’s stunt double were the event superstars. After Evel tore up his mud rig he jumped right into his backup rig (aka his tow vehicle). After there was no more go in the tow, and his one-man pit crew fixed the Ford, he returned to the bench seat cockpit, donned a helmet, and set up a crazy launching pad. Results can be scene in the attempted jump/rollover sequence on the next page.
Get on the scene   with the Cat machine. Get on the scene with the Cat machine.
Andy Inman’s Suburban has wings. This is the cappuccino version of “did your mamma write a note so that you could drive her car?” The bad big-blocked ’Burban is an ’83 GMC with a Dana 60 front, a 14-bolt rear, 4.56s, a Turbo 400, a divorced 205, and 39-inch Boggers. Can you throw an extra 150 shots of coffee—uh, we mean nitrous—in? Andy Inman’s Suburban has wings. This is the cappuccino version of “did your mamma write a note so that you could drive her car?” The bad big-blocked ’Burban is an ’83 GMC with a Dana 60 front, a 14-bolt rear, 4.56s, a Turbo 400, a divorced 205, and 39-inch Boggers. Can you throw an extra 150 shots of coffee—uh, we mean nitrous—in?
The Potosi Pit was a revolutionary and turbulent time. A time of civil unrest, heckling onlookers, and truck upheaval. This truck just up and turned itself over in protest of the orange-colored earth. “I’m not going in there. It’s all natural and junk. Uhhh! Sick! Don’t get that crap on my red paint.” The Potosi Pit was a revolutionary and turbulent time. A time of civil unrest, heckling onlookers, and truck upheaval. This truck just up and turned itself over in protest of the orange-colored earth. “I’m not going in there. It’s all natural and junk. Uhhh! Sick! Don’t get that crap on my red paint.”
Master of Disaster Richard Hayden, of R&R Offroaders, plays a game of “My Jeep is better than your Jeep.” The ’70s junkyard refugees were perfect terrain for the CJ-8’s Dana 70 front and rear. The ’83 sprung-over Jeep-of-all-Jeeps has an AMC 360, a Ford T-18, a Dana 300, and 42-inch Swampers. Give ’er hell, Richard! Master of Disaster Richard Hayden, of R&R Offroaders, plays a game of “My Jeep is better than your Jeep.” The ’70s junkyard refugees were perfect terrain for the CJ-8’s Dana 70 front and rear. The ’83 sprung-over Jeep-of-all-Jeeps has an AMC 360, a Ford T-18, a Dana 300, and 42-inch Swampers. Give ’er hell, Richard!
Don’t follow me. You won’t   make it! Don’t follow me. You won’t make it!
See Spot jump. See Spot jump.
See Spot roll. See Spot roll.
Go Spot go. Go Spot go.
All Spot’s friends. All Spot’s friends.
King of the hillclimb. That ain’t no flower power. That’s pure fuel assassination. In unforgettable fashion, the man on the moon attempted to defy gravity by launching his yellow Chevrolet up a gnarly hill at the hillclimb play park. King of the hillclimb. That ain’t no flower power. That’s pure fuel assassination. In unforgettable fashion, the man on the moon attempted to defy gravity by launching his yellow Chevrolet up a gnarly hill at the hillclimb play park.
What is that? It’s an Andrewbilt. Inventive plans included building a river runner but Mark Andrew scrapped those for mud blueprints. Four feet were cut from the original Suburban frame, and then welded back together. The steel-pipe mudbog monster has 2 1/2-ton top-load military axles, a 390, C6 tranny, an AM General 6x6 military transfer case, Goodyear 48x25x20 tires, and a 2 1/2-ton Rockwell gear ratio slower than an earthworm at 6.72:1. What is that? It’s an Andrewbilt. Inventive plans included building a river runner but Mark Andrew scrapped those for mud blueprints. Four feet were cut from the original Suburban frame, and then welded back together. The steel-pipe mudbog monster has 2 1/2-ton top-load military axles, a 390, C6 tranny, an AM General 6x6 military transfer case, Goodyear 48x25x20 tires, and a 2 1/2-ton Rockwell gear ratio slower than an earthworm at 6.72:1.
Back in ’Nam we’d have to open it up like this. No protests. No peace marches. No rules. No limit. No whiners. All throttle. All crazy-like. Back in ’Nam we’d have to open it up like this. No protests. No peace marches. No rules. No limit. No whiners. All throttle. All crazy-like.

Nothing says outdoor festival like snow cones, barbecued bison burgers, oppressive Missouri heat, and an event called Mudstock 2001. The ditched psychedelic VW bus should have clued us in that the Potosi event would become one of the greatest mud-truck gatherings in American pop culture history. And even though Janis Joplin didn’t show for her set, Mudstock 2001 was still a groovy gathering of mud, rocks, big trucks, tough trucks, monster trucks, and ugly trucks.

Everyone knows that the Woodstock of ’69 was a free-for-all, everyone’s-invited kind of event. At Mudstock participants had all-access, break-your-own-damn-truck-for-once kind of backstage pass to acres of open play areas. The Sports in the Rough crew groomed the land and prepared the site for far-out entertainment. The merry-go-round assortment of play areas included a 30-foot-long by 8-foot-deep mud drag/pit called the Potosi Pit, an island surrounded with a mud moat and grenade holes called Monster Island, and a rockcrawling course with 4-foot-tall boulders. There was also the not-to-be-missed Hillclimb A (not too steep) and Hillclimb B (mucho throttle needed), the tire pit and obstacle course, and an urban obstacle course that looked more like a junkyard full of old cars, boats, and a kitchen sink. Talk about road rage! All right already—enough about the dizziness. Let’s get to the important stuff.

Trucks! We ditched the show ’n’ shine and went to check out the main show. Here’s what we saw. Peace out!

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