Final Mud Fest rolls off today
A NEW?AND?IMPROVED MudDogs course suited to all classifications of four-by-four vehicles, good competition, no shortage of mud, a redesigned course and loads of fun are all in store for fans and competitors in the final Mud Fest of the 2013 MudDogs season, starting at 10 a.m. today at Three Houses, St Philip.
The Barbados Rally Club (BRC) event is billed as a must-see by organizers who have been busy redesigning both the small and large tyre courses, in response to spectator feedback.
With the drag strips moved toward spectators, fans will be closer to the action as the four-by-four vehicles race against each other for a chance at bragging rights.
Also in response to spectators’ requests, the scoring system has changed to allow competitors to continue despite being towed, to maximize the fans’ experience.
Mark Western, one of the three Mud Fest course designers, said the changes would also benefit competitors.
“The courses will loop with the big tyre course crossing over the small tyre course and visa versa, making it more interesting.
“New too will be boulders in the mud pit with crews having the option to climb them or take a chance against the mud,” Western said.
Stressing that the course is not designed to damage vehicles, MudDogs’ chairman Darnley Rayside said: “We will have a cross section of vehicles from the Tom Cat to the Mendes brothers competing in their L200. We would like all of the guys – the safari competitors and the other recreational off-road guys – to come out and try the course and have a good day of fun.”
To encourage first-time competitors, the BMF licence requirement has been waived and crews have until before the start of the event to enter.
Once equipped with a vehicle, entrance fees and a temporary licence which is obtainable on the spot, crews will be able to test their skills at the new course.
Battling the mud in the mud pit, obstacle course and the drag strip, crews will compete against each other and the conditions in one of the more fun aspects to Mud Dogs. (PR/EZS)