Remember being told not to play in mud - fahgettabouit. Mud is good. Racing ATV's and RUV's through muck is sublimely satisfying - whether you are an active participant or spectator. For all those who refused to listen and continued to engage recreationally in the gooey stuff - do we have one bad mudda sport for you.
Team High Lifter-Polaris had the first factory sponsored mud racing team, they were also the first to sponsor women racers.
The highly modified Side-by-Side class delivers with some of the most entertaining races at the Mud Nationals. Don't forget your wet-wipes
"Mud bog competitions are a huge draw in our area (Shreveport, Louisiana) and also all across the United States for that matter; because it's so much fun and generally most anyone can participate. In short, people enjoy the competition factor but also enjoy getting dirty and playing in the mud. High Lifter has developed classes that span from the smaller, slightly modified ATVs to the larger, highly modified ATVs and we even have a class for Side-by-Sides (RUV) to race," explains Tracie Engi, Event Coordinator for High Lifter Products, Inc.
High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals are held in Jacksonville, Texas
High Lifter Products, Inc. has been developing and marketing unique, after-market accessories for utility, 4-wheel drive ATVs, UTVs, and RUVs since 1996. In that short span of time, the company has grown from a one-man, backyard hobby, into a multi-million dollar corporation.
Cross an ATV with a pickup truck and you get UTV (utility terrain vehicle). Then take most of the utility out of the thing and add a little boggy and you get an RUV. RUV stands for recreational utility vehicle, also known as a Side-by-Side. These vehicles are designed to generally go everywhere an ATV can go, but will hold two or more individuals, who sit side-by-side in the vehicle. These types of units have become so popular, that mud racing has established a class for them to compete in.
"Mud racing really is a lot of fun and there are racers of almost every age that participate," continues Engi.
"While we don't have any children on our sponsored race team, we do have a youth division of classes at the High Lifter promoted events. The biggest challenge is setting up your bike with the proper modifications for the mud pit conditions. Some are more water than actual mud, and some have incredibly thick mud. That's why racers only rely on K&N air and oil filters."
The granddaddy event of each year is the weeklong High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals held in Jacksonville, Texas. It is one gargantuan party that has powersports manufacturers, exhibitors, and sponsors from all across the United States coming to answer questions and display the latest and greatest new accessories. And of course let's not forget the racing. The event has been referred to as Woodstock for UTV's.
The ATV Mud Nationals was born 2003, when a few friends, customers, and ATV enthusiasts got together for a weekend of hilarity, to showcase products and share ideas. Now this once a year event has become the largest utility ATV event in the world, boasting more than 11,000 attendees and it's growing each year as more people get in touch with their inner mud side.
Team High Lifter had the first factory sponsored mud racing team and they were also the first to sponsor women racers. It only makes sense therefore that they make a strong showing at the annual mud-athon - and clearly for 2010 they brought it.
2010 Mud Nationals results:
Alicia Gorman: 2nd place Mud Chic Mud Bog
JW Otwell: 2nd place Pro-A mud Bog
Adam Schumacker: 3rd place Open Class Mud Bog
Blake Mann: 1st place Open RUV Mud Bog
Brian Haughton: 3rd place Open RUV Mud Bog
Brian Haughton: 1st place Open RUV Mudda-cross
Maggie Robertson: 2nd place Open RUV Mudda-cross
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