MudFest regains popularity

Mud Fest is back!

So declared organisers at the conclusion of a successful 2013 season.
With three events staged last year, up from just one in 2012, the once-extremely-popular past-time regained the momentum of previous years and is well on its way to its former heyday. The four-by-four arm of the Barbados Rally Club attracted larger numbers of competitors and spectators as the season progressed, ending on a high in early December.

“The fans missed Mud Fest and came out to support us” said Mud Dogs Chairman, Darnley Rayside.” They braved torrential rain for the May Day Mud Fest and really enjoyed the show put on by the competitors and it got better throughout the season.”

This year’s new venue at Three Houses, St. Philip, was well received by fans and competitors with exciting courses for big and small tyre vehicles. From the super-modified machines including the Land Rover Tom Cat and some of the Suzuki Samurais to standard four-by-four vehicles, the challenges were designed for every level of competitor.

The popular Land Rover Tomcat, piloted by Ben Norris

The popular Land Rover Tomcat, piloted by Ben Norris

Throughout the year, course designers Johnny Pinto and Mark Western worked tirelessly to create fun, challenging and fair courses aimed at meeting the needs of both fans and competitors.

A bit hit last season was the drag strip, requiring strategy over powerful, super-modified vehicles while the other courses also provided competitors with the opportunity to test their skills and their machines.

The final event of the season, the December Mud Fest, saw the festive atmosphere of past seasons return as competitors took on the challenge of the improved and redesigned course, while spectators were entertained by the keen competition and upbeat music.

Making his presence known at the final Mud Fest was first-timer, Richard Hinkson, in his standard Samurai. Earning the nickname, Silent Bob, a quiet Hinkson used sheer determination and skill as he commandeered his jeep through mud, water holes and over rocks and other obstacles, competing in the small tyre category.

In the end, Damian Johnson claimed the small tyre crown, while Mark Western took the top spot in the big tyre category.

Organisers are already planning for the upcoming season, which promises to be better than 2013. Urging competitors to register early for events, both Western and Pinto said that courses can be designed to suit vehicles entered, if enough time is given.

Rayside also urged veterans to compete in the Mud Fest events noting that the December event saw Chris Armstrong and Julian Kirton, stalwarts in the safari events competing in the challenge-oriented side of Mud Dogs.

Mud Fest is definitely back. We have the new venue and are working on new courses for every event next year. If we have advance notice of who is competing, we can tailor the courses to suit.

“Come out and have good family fun getting dirty and testing your skills or spectating. Mud Fest is back!”

The MudFest season kicks off this year with the popular May Day Mud Fest, set for early may, while the safari championships commence March 16.

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