There won’t be any mud pits.
There won’t be any racing tracks to compete on.
But auto fans who are looking to see the super charged vehicles made for racing close up can head to Mark Twain Lake Saturday.
It’s a first for Lake officials to host such an event, but with county fairs going on in the area with different mud car and truck events, coordinators seeked opportunity.
“The event is just a chance for the public to come out and see these mud run trucks and cars. Kids and adults can crawl inside, see them up close, take pictures,” Ben Sapp, the coordinator for the event at Mark Twain Lake, said. “It’s kind of the one time in a month we hope there’s no rain, but if there’s rain, we’ll deal with that too.”
The variety of autos that will be on display will be coming from members of the Tri-County 4x4 Club in Monroe City.
Travis Shinn, the group’s president, has been involved since his father started the club in 1974. He and Sapp planned on doing something last year, but open dates were hard to find.
“We have Jeeps that drive around on the street, that race and I know for sure we’re going to have one car that’s completely custom made from top to bottom,” Shinn said. “We have more toward the stock classes up to the biggest high horsepower classes. So we have something for everybody.”
Many of the cars on display will have owners who started out small in the sport using an old car, but as they got more infatuated with mud racing, their equipment became more efficient.
“The guys usually start off with something they drive on the street or something they drug out of a ditch and revitalized, and they start racing with those,” Shinn said. “As they get addicted to the style of racing and the adrenaline rush, then everybody’s got to go faster. Then they work their way out to the all out racecars.”
Sapp is hoping this event will entertain to not only auto enthusiasts, but those who are looking for a local event to attend and experience something new.
“We’re looking for different niche groups,” he said. “Any kind of off-road vehicle like this is not allowed on these public grounds, but with the Boudreaux Center being here, we have tried to recreate ourselves as not only serving the public for your basic information, but also letting people know from a tourist stand point or even a local stand point, what’s going on in the lake area.”