Mountain Havoc 2016

Megatruck Mayhem

Jerrod JonesPhotographer, Writer

Megatrucks and hardcore buggies: These are not trail-riding vehicles; these are competition vehicles. Think 5 gallons per mile, not 5 miles per gallon. So what do you do if you have a competition-spec off-road vehicle and no easy venue where you can compete? Why, you make your own venue!

Clayton Kraatz built one of the first megabuggies, the Warthog, which we featured in Petersen’s 4-Wheel Off-Road back in 2007 (Tube Buggy Mini Monster Truck - The Warthog) when we ran into the monstrous buggy at a Canadian event. After that, he competed in Four Wheeler’s Top Truck Challenge back in 2008. When TTC changed its rules, requiring entrants to run full body panels, Kraatz came up with the Havoc series, putting on a couple Hardgrass Havoc events up in Canada. Later, working with the Mountain Mafia Entertainment, headed by Ben Spinney, Kraatz moved the majority of the Havoc events down to just over the Canadian–U.S. border into Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho. There the Mountain Mafia crew had the best plan possible for an uninterrupted, successful venue: They bought their own off-road park.

The Purcell Trench Ranch is 90 acres of private land where the Mountain Mafia has been building trails, mud pits, rockcrawl trails, and timed speed courses for the past few years. This author can tell you that Ben Spinney has rarely taken a day off since 2013, spending most of his time operating heavy equipment and making dreams come to fruition. By 2016, the Purcell Trench Ranch morphed into a private off-road and outdoor venue with multiple campsites that host a number of events, including Mountain Havoc. June proved to be the perfect time of year to hold the second of the Mountain Havoc series in northern Idaho, with the Mountain Mafia further perfecting the way they run events after cutting their teeth on some smaller shindigs prior. Nowhere else offers the combination of awesome trails, obstacles, and the freedom to run whenever types of vehicles on them they want. If you are the type who thinks that 44-inch tires are just a starting point, then the Mountain Havoc series is probably one you want to check into.

2016 Mountain Havoc Results

Overall Winners
1. Leroy Latham
2. Richie Tremblay
3. Matt Christian

Tire Pull
1. Leroy Latham, 21.1 sec
2. Richie Tremblay
3. Bryan Foss
4. Larry Dowd
5. Matt Christian
6. Greg Tory
7. Brett Harrell
8. Dan Osterhout
9. Steve Montpas
10. Nolan Skop
11. Tracker Bain
12. Fred Zanco
13. Adam Furlong
14. Ken Martin
15. Lance Wilson
16. Cheston Beck
17. Ryan Carruthers
18. Jake Brazier
19. Justin Haft
20. Justin Wickson

Hillclimb
1. Leroy Latham, 1 min 26.7 sec
2. Matt Christian
3. Richie Tremblay
4. Steve Montpas
5. Tracker Bain
6. Larry Dowd
7. Dan Osterhout
8. Justin Haft
9. Ryan Carruthers DNF
10. Cheston Beck DNF
11. Greg Tory DNF
12. Brett Harrell DNF
13. Bryan Foss DNF
14. Justin Wickson DNF
15. Ken Martin DNF
16. Jake Brazier DNF
17. Adam Furlong
18. Lance Wilson
19. Nolan Skop
20. Fred Zanco

Hill N Hole
1. Richie Tremblay, 1 min 41 sec
2. Leroy Latham
3. Bryan Foss
4. Ken Martin
5. Nolan Skop
6. Ryan Carruthers
7. Justin Haft
8. Greg Tory
9. Lance Wilson
10. Steve Montpas
11. Larry Dowd
12. Dan Osterhout
13. Brett Harrell
14. Fred Zanco
15. Adam Furlong
16. Jake Brazier
17. Matt Christian
18. Tracker Bain
19. Justin Wickson
20. Cheston Beck

Rock Course
1. Brett Harrell, 4 min 31 sec
2. Justin Haft
3. Matt Christian
4. Richie Tremblay
5. Larry Dowd
6. Greg Tory
7. Nolan Skop
8. Ryan Carruthers
9. Leroy Latham
10. Tracker Bain
11. Dan Osterhout
12. Cheston Beck
13. Fred Zanco
14. Adam Furlong
15. Steve Montpas
16. Bryan Foss
17. Jake Brazier
18. Lance Wilson
19. Ken Martin
20. Justin Wickson

Mountain Man
1. Leroy Latham
2. Matt Christian
3. Brett Harrell
4. Justin Haft
5. Richie Tremblay
6. Greg Tory
7. Cheston Beck
8. Steve Montpas
9. Dan Osterhout
10. Nolan Skop
11. Adam Furlong
12. Fred Zanco
13. Bryan Foss
14. Larry Dowd
15. Tracker Bain
16. Ryan Carruthers
17. Justin Wickson
18. Ken Martin
19. Lance Wilson
20. Jake Brazier