Photos: "Reign in Mud" - Bogging in The South

October 09, 2018

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Before Colby Hensley came into this world, his father raced a 1974 Dodge Power Wagon through pits of mud in a tractor pull, drag race, monster truck mutant style of auto racing. When Colby turned 16, he brought that same truck back to life at the mud bogs.

At the end of the summer I met Colby, now 18, who won his class on an August Saturday night during the “Flag Wars” mud bog at the State Line Complex in Gaffney, SC. “It’s about the adrenaline rush,” says the teenager from Forest City, NC. His accent is thick enough that I have to ask twice where he is from.

 

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I spent the summer traveling to Yemassee, Ulmer, Gaston, Gaffney, SC and Carnesville, GA for a tour of mud bogging in the Southeast.

So what does is take to reign in mud?

Different classes of vehicles, determined by modifications and tire types, make timed runs through straight or U-shaped mud tracks, some with berms and jumps but all featuring a section with a deeper mud pit. Some trucks don’t make it through and officials measure how far drivers get and then they'll pull them out with a cable and some heavy machinery. When the modified trucks speed by, it’s raining mud.

 

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Tips for first time spectators:
Purchase track side parking and go with a group.
Bring a tailgating canopy, umbrellas, a stocked cooler, bug spray, and a pair of boots.
Find a mud bog in South Carolina

Photos and words by Sean Rayford

Related Story: Photos: Twitty's Mud Bog Season Opener - 2019

 

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