Trucks Gone Wild, Barnyard Style
Over 1,000 4x4s Gathered in Maine for 3 Days of Mud Mayhem
The population nearly doubled in the tiny town of Livermore, Maine, as thousands gathered at Barnyard All Terrain for mud action on the 120-acre farmland. Barnyard started out racing on a cornfield and advanced to developing and creating what is now known as the Barnyard Bullpen. It gives the spectators plenty of room to watch the events, with camping available across the roadway on the spacious cow pastures of the neighboring farmland. Every August, Matt Steele brings his filming crew, infamously known as Trucks Gone Wild (TGW), to cover all of the ever-growing action between the trucks and attendees.
Well over 1,000 trucks registered to participate in this three-day weekend event for 2015. Events such as Bounty Hole, Tri Truck Challenge, Hill & Hole, Long Jump, Freestyle, Deep Mud, and Fast Track gave everyone from novices to experts the opportunity to show their off-road skills and a chance to take home money and trophies. In addition to the mud events, there were several food vendors, apparel vendors, helicopter rides provided by Acadian Air, wash-down pits for the 4x4s after their dirty runs, and a live band at night to keep the crowd entertained.
The weekend kicked off with the Tri-Truck Challenge. Each team consisted of three vehicles and started down the Fast Track, circled around the Barnyard Bull (resting place for the Long Jump competition), and tromped through the Hill & Hole. The fastest team time took the win. Chad Paradis, driver of Bad Apple, unfortunately was not able to complete his run due to a slight issue of rolling over on the course. "To make a long story short,” Paradis says, “it breaks and you fix it. Make it better and stronger than before. Bang the dents out to race it again."
The much anticipated Long Jump brought the crowds to their feet both Saturday and Sunday as Matt Newell in No Mercy and Mike Moskalenko in Blu Bayou grew wings and flew over the Barnyard Bull, icon and centerpiece in the bullpen for the TGW festivities of Barnyard All Terrain. The roughly 12-foot ramp sent each truck launching over 75 feet. Many more flew their way over the jump and landed safely on the other side to continue their show for the camera crews of Trucks Gone Wild and the crowd that gathered over the weekend.
The jumps all occurred before Newell made his Deep Mud pass and went into it a bit too hard. Newell says, “I broke a steering knuckle and a rim when I caught a bump in the middle of the pit that made it spring the back end up. By the time the truck settled down, I was out of shutdown room and hit the boulder barrier where I flipped on my side. The weekend was epic to say the least. The Long Jump was perfect and I had a very successful weekend. Glad to have good friends that will help out in a pinch. If it wasn’t for them, I would have been done for the weekend. Instead I came back Sunday like nothing ever happened.”
Sunday’s action was a rinse and repeat of Saturday. Those who still had working trucks ran them like there was no tomorrow. Several took home prize money and trophies, but the best prize were the smiles to be had by all drivers. The glow of the weekend was apparent by all those in attendance. Year by year and event to event, memories are being made.