• Posted:Monday, September 14, 2009
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Race a swamp buggy in Florida

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Race a swamp buggy in Florida
Having only recently discovered the great sport of swamp buggy racing, I have yet to try it for myself but I can promise you this, dear readers - it's definitely next on my to-do list as it looks like one of the most fun things anyone could ever do with their time. What's involved? Well, it's fairly self-explanatory really. Basically, competitors head to the Florida Sports Park during January, March or October, get their hands on a boat-like machine - which features massive balloon tyres and a gun rack - and race around the swamp until one fearless buggy driver secures victory for him or herself.

Apparently, it's an age-old tradition in Collier County and started in 1949 when Jonny Jones beat 50 other contestants over the finishing line. Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength, as have the rewards for the plucky racers. No longer are prizes offered in the form of turkeys and shotguns - winning drivers are now spurred on by cash incentives totalling several thousand dollars, as well as an engraved trophy.

Each year a Swamp Buggy Queen is also crowned - 2009-2010's monarch is lucky Megan Chantelle Hoolihan - and once the race proceedings are finished, she is dunked in the muddiest part of the swamp as part of a tradition that dates back to 1957, when the first such occurrence took place.

If you like big machines and slightly off-beat ways to pass your time, a quick visit to Kitsap in Washington might not be a bad idea as the county puts on demolition derby contests throughout September.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19358919-ADNFCR
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