Mud boggin as a growing sport (known more properly as “mud bogging”) in parts of the country is an increasingly-popular phenomenon. Basically, it involves taking a seriously fortified and jacked up 4×4 truck and running it through very deep and muddy trenches or bogs in competition against other drivers and trucks. The winners are those who have the fastest times and haven’t gotten stuck in the mud.
For fact, people living in the country have to find their entertainment where they can in many cases and the thought of strengthening a 4×4 truck and engine to the point where it can make its way through a very deep bog or trench can be quite a lot of fun. These trucks aren’t exactly like the typical SUV, though. In fact, they — are at most — just country cousins to in demeanor to an SUV.
For the most part, a mud bogging truck is one that has a very strong engine — sometimes to the point where it is extremely tight and has been modified extensively — and an undercarriage that has been lifted up to sometimes serious heights. Many of these trucks might even need a small step ladder in order to climb up into their cabs.
As far as relating to the sport itself, imagine a driver of a big 4×4 truck slamming the vehicle into a trench of up to half a mile in length (1/8 to 1/4 mile is more common) and then powering it down the length of the trench as quickly as possible. This takes a serious amount of driving skill and the truck itself is usually of very good quality, which is needed to avoid becoming stuck in the deep mud.
If the truck and the driver do, in fact, get stuck the contest or heat is over for that driver and his or her truck. Winners are determined by how quickly they can get into and out of the trench, making their way down the length of it and emerging from the other end. There may be obstacles within the trench and it can make for a quite entertaining site for those standing along the edges of the trench.
When it comes to this ever-growing sport known colloquially as mud boggin, it’s important to realize that driver skill and quality of truck is paramount. Make sure any truck to be used in the sport has a very strong engine as well as a good four-wheel drive system and that the truck itself has been lift-kitted such that its very large tires and wheels can get it into and out of the trench quickly.
It is not as big as football, but mud boggin has its place in American sporting. Whether it is the thrill of the throttle or the slew of mud being hurled through the air from churning tires, something keeps people excited about mud boggin .