SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!
The Swamp Buggy Racing! Racing like you’ve never seen before!
The introduction of cable TV in the 1980s to the teenagers of the time, like myself, brought into our homes a whole new world like music videos and swamp buggy racing. I was a suburban kid who wanted to be a redneck and on Saturday mornings would watch fishing shows and the swamp buggy racing on “The Nashville Network” (TNN).
I get to go to the swamp buggy races
Here it is thirty years later and when I saw that the swamp buggy race track was less than an hour from where I was staying in Florida, the inner kid in me jumped with joy and I had to go.
On Friday afternoon, I recruited some of my FEMA buddies and we planned a guy’s day to the races for Sunday.
We spent the day in the bleachers watching the buggies race around the watery figure eight track. The sippy hole I remembered from TV all those years ago, did not disappoint. The faster class buggies skimmed across the deep water, while the jeeps sank deep but kept on pushing through.
Of course, I brought my camera and snapped a few photos, but I mainly spent the day watching and enjoying the racing. I think I wore a grin all day as I soaked it all in. I was watching in person what I once watched on TV as a teenager totally in awe. A year ago swamp buggy racing was not anywhere on my radar, but here I was sitting in the stands. Yea the kid in me had a great day.
I enjoyed race day as a fan and not a journalist, Instead of rehashing the race winners and describing the buggy builds, I’ll just share my photos of the day.
Life is too short not to go and enjoy the swamp buggy races.