Hillbilly tourism is a relatively new concept. It usually involves turning a big open field into a country playground focused around the love of mud and big trucks. The vacation spot will then offer the rednecks muddy swimming holes, mud bogs, a mud slip-and-slide, a mud run for trucks and ATVs, a muddy outdoor bar and usually some 'Mud Girls,' the resort's own lovely dirt-caked cheerleaders.
However, these new redneck-resorts that have popped up all over the country the last few years aren't the only places you can see rednecks playing around and racing in mud though. Mud racing has been a thing ever since the 60s or 70s, although there have been some relatively big changes to the cars over the years. Here are 20 images of rednecks racing in mud - whether for fun or competition.
20 Fun In The Mud
If your idea of the perfect Summer weekend involves off-roading, ATVs, and bikini-clad Southern girls wrestling in mud, then you probably don't need Jeff Foxworthy to tell you that you're a redneck - although it would be pretty funny if he did, you know, with that whole "You might be a redneck..." thing. Does he still do that?
19 Mud Bogging
Mud bogging is a form of off-road motorsport popular in Canada and the United States in which the goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud or a track of a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the pit. However, if several vehicles are able to travel the entire length, the time taken to traverse the pit will determine the winner.
18 It's Huge
Mud bogging has grown from an obscure backyard pastime to massive events that host upward of 40,000 people in a weekend. It is no longer solely a participant sport, growing into a multimillion-dollar spectator sport with high paying sponsors. There are many annual, monthly, and weekly events all across the US.
17 Organized Fun
Typically, vehicles competing in mud bogs are four-wheel drives and divided into several different classes The motorsport is covered by sanctioning bodies that oversee each class, develop and maintain the relationship with track owners to provide a racer and fan-friendly facility, ensure the sponsors get a good return, and help govern the sport.
16 Few Organizations
National Mud Racing Organization is currently one of the only major professional championship series left. Their rulebook is the general basis for most other mud racing competitions. The NMRO was founded by Gary Baker of Dayton, Ohio. USA Motorsports and USHRA ran professional mud racing series, both referred to as the Indoor Series, for many years until it was phased out of events around 1995.
15 Modern Day
Around 2006, a new era of Mud Bogging started to evolve and has since grown into a worldwide internet sensation. In present-day 2016 Mud Parks around the eastern half of the United States have events that draw in thousands of people who bring their ATVs, UTVs, buggies, lifted Jeeps, and Mega Trucks to participate in the act of Mud bogging.
14 Stuck In The Mud Pit
These girls seem to be having fun... at least the one who's looking back at her friends as they try to push a four-wheeler through the mud pit at the 2018 Redneck “Blank” in Hebron on Saturday afternoon. The trio had apparently attempted to pass through the man-made mud pit but got stuck halfway across.
13 Barbie Car Racing
Every year, people get together to celebrate an under-appreciated sport: Barbie Jeep racing. All you need is a cheap toy Jeep and a muddy hill to be on your way to the ultimate entry-level 'motorsport'. Like any form of racing, it's not without its dangers. Steering is almost non-existent, and the plastic wheels regularly dig into the wet mud, causing competitors to be ejected from their vehicles.
12 Twice A Year
Rednecks With Paychecks is an event held twice a year at a massive, muddy 1000-acre piece of property in Saint Jo, Texas. Here, rednecks from all over converge for a weekend full of mud, music, and mayhem. If playing around in the mud sounds like your kind of fun, you know what event to attend.
11 Trucks Gone Wild
Trucks Gone Wild is a popular event that's held at the Redneck Mud Park in Punta Gorda, Florida twice a year. With 800 acres, including 3 mud holes to choose from depending on your riding preferences, a mud track, drive-thru buggy/ATV wash, plenty of parking, restrooms, camping, and food vendors - this event is every mud-loving redneck's dream.
10 Mud Holes For Every Occasion
During Trucks Gone Wild, there are different mud holes offering different challenges for different vehicles. Some are extremely muddy, others have plenty of water and are deep enough for even the biggest trucks to get stuck in. There are combinations of hills, trails, and more mud, and for those who prefer a bigger challenge, there's a 500' oval mud track.
9 Have Fun While Contributing To Charity
The various muddy events often double as fundraisers for different causes. One example of this was when landowner and event organizer Harold Brooks learned that the Lewiston Vet Center needed help and donated 350 tickets to them in order to help them out, as well as inviting them to take part in the barbeque.
8 More Than Just A Party
Taking part in one of these events is not just a party. There are different games to part-take in and some people take the competition seriously. It’s people doing the stuff they love. It's a misconception is that these events are just beer fests, they were meant to bring people together and be a social gathering.
7 Expensive Fun
Those who think that these are just a bunch of silly rednecks thrashing their cheap trucks need to realize how expensive some of these rigs are. The tires alone are can sometimes cost the same as a small used car, and the suspension upgrades and engine modifications make these rigs worth a lot of money!
6 Top Level Mud Racer
A modern top-level Class V or VI mud racer is a dragster-style design, with a supercharged engine and/or nitrous oxide injection. Vehicles are required to have four-wheel-drive for the best possibility of avoiding being stuck. The sole difference between Classes V and VI is the tire type. Class V racers have D.O.T. street legal mudding tires for traction. Class VI vehicles have tractor tires.
5 The Early Days
Early mud boggers were pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles modified with lifted suspensions and larger tires, and classes exist for such vehicles today. Engine upgrades were also common. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, large tractor tires became popular, and the drive lines required to run such tires led to some of the first purpose-built mud bogging machines.
4 Changes Are Coming
By the late 1980s, many sanctioning bodies began giving precedence to the vehicles with modified, and lower, dragster-type "rail designs", instead of the modified pickup trucks and SUVs of the 70s and early 80s, as they had increased in popularity. At the same time, superchargers first became widely used, leading to the modern top-level racer.
3 The Monster Truck Connection
In the late 70s and most 80s mud bog events, there was generally a class that was for running tractor tired trucks. Many of the legendary mud bog trucks from that era would later get modified and turned into Monster Trucks as their popularity was on the rise in the 80s.
2 Not All Fun And Games
Rednecks With Paychecks is three days of mud and mayhem. The sign at the entrance proclaims the only rules are “no drugs, no fights, and no stealing.” The fine print on the waiver you must sign before entering is somewhat more explicit. People must “acknowledge that the activities are very dangerous” and “involve the risk of serious bodily injury, and possibility of death,” and you must “assume all risk.”
1 Critics And Accidents
These mud-filled weekends have had some serious accidents, leading to severe injuries and even deaths. This has, of course, led to critics of the events who claim the lack of controls and the absence of rules shows a blatant disregard for lives, and thus, should be shut down for good. Only the future will tell whether these mud events will get safer or closed down.