We have heard so many great stories about people that have recently given “dirt sports” a try for the first time and even more from families that dusted off their machines for the first time in years and found a renewed joy for getting dirty.
We got a chance to chat with Maddie in Parker, and she told us how she prepped the car for this race in just a few weeks after the Legacy race, 100% on her own.
Well, with the help of her Pro Eagle jacks that is!
She ran into some unusual issues at Parker and spent some time in the pits.
Racers hate to have to stop in the pit with issues, however, we love it because that is when we get to shine.
Unfortunately, Brook and Chuck suffered an electrical issue that couldn’t be diagnosed causing them to finish deep in the pack.
Other drivers likeRyan Edwards,motorsports marketing director for KMC Wheels saw success in his class with a top 15 out of nearly 40 racers.
Having never been to a Mud event we had no idea what to expect other than what we learned from videos that we watched on You Tube from past years events.
We knew we were a little under prepared as far as the tires and height of our Talon but oh well, we were going to have a blast no matter what.
We set up our booth in a beautiful meadow of the Arkansas woods and explored all the other vehicles brought to Mud Nationals.
It was amazing to see the work and craftsmanship in some of these vehicles.
From showroom stock UTVs to monstrosities that you literally needed to climb into because they were so tall.
From stock suspension cages, all the way to completely custom one off units with custom paint jobs and more speakers than a concert arena, the sheer amount of fun toys were never ending.
The people were just as diverse. There were families with 30 year old tow vehicles and trailers that shouldn’t have been road worthy parked next to their tents and charcoal BBQs with Quads that the family took turns riding.
There were luxuriously large coaches pulling stacker trailers with fully studded out UTVs inside sporting all the best products and features that money could buy.
The best thing about it was they were ALL there to play in the mud and each individualhad that in common with their neighbor.
It was such an awesome community that came together to have the same fun.
It was truly amazing to see. Even though we had never personally been that far east before, our reputation and product was already widely accepted.
Our booth was located across from Gator Waders, which at a mud event is a very popular booth.
Many other vendors had commented that we looked to be just as busy as Gator Waders from their prospective.
This was a very pleasant surprise for us and we thoroughly enjoyed speaking with everyone we got to meet.
We went with our desert tires and no portals so we sat 3-4 inches shorter than even the least modified “bike” (as they call them back east).
The lower vehicle height meant we were constantly pushing our way through the deep mud.
We love our Talon but we were extremely grateful for our Jackson Turbo and the extra HP we had.
Without that power, we might still be there trying to dig ourselves out! We learned our lesson, we won’t go back without the proper mud tires!.
You may think that sounds miserable and we would have thought the same thing before this: however, we had a blast.
Our cheeks and sides were hurting from laughing so much! We will absolutely be going back again.
We invited friends from the Jeep, Overland, Racing, UTV, Sand and every other “community” that uses our jacks.
We had nearly 100 display vehicles from all the before mentioned “groups” and everyone was able to share their vehicles with people they don’t normally get to mingle with.
We are holding our second Open House this June 19th and you are all invited!
We will have racing legends like Rob MacCachern, Ricky Brabec, Terry Madden, and more.
We will have Overland Rigs, Jeeps, Tundras, Tacomas, Land Rovers, UTVs, and everything in between.
We will have vendors like Rigid, Sparco, Milestar, KMC, Metal FX and the list keeps growing.
Jeff Proctor is bringing the race truck back for the tire change competition-
the fastest time will win a Pro Eagle jack, so come try your skill and luck! We will be holding a raffle with prizes from each one of the vendors attending.
As if we haven’t already given you enough reason to come hang out, our new jack will be released at the event and attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase one of the limited first runs.
See you there!