Kings of the mud

Rain provides perfect conditions for event

MudDogs had the perfect weather on Sunday thanks to a tropical wave that blessed Barbados with a heavy downpour throughout the day. It made for very muddy conditions at the Sol October Mudfest, held at Three Houses, St Philip. With 16 entries for the event, 12 in the small tyre class and four in the large tyre class, the scene was set for a great day of competition and fun.

With four challenging events slated to take place between the 10 a.m. start time and 5p.m., when the mud would settle, the day was filled with non-stop action. The first to send mud flying was Nicholas Pinto in his Grand Cherokee, when he set a time to beat of 16.18 seconds in the tyre pit, a challenge made from assorted sized tyres partially buried in the mud, designed to test a vehicles suspension articulation. This time was quickly eclipsed by fellow small tyre class entrants, Richard Hinkson (Suzuki Samurai) with 8.13 secs, Fabian Cumberbatch (Suzuki Samurai) with 7.56 secs, and class winner, Brian “Banker” Collymore (Suzuki Samurai) with a blistering time of 6.49 secs. In the large tyre class, Edson Arthur took top spot in his Suzuki Samurai, with 7.92secs, ahead of Julian Kirton in the Jeep Wrangler (14.11secs) and Dave Lowe in his Suzuki Vitara (17.02secs).

Here Adrian Sinkler powers through the mud on his way to winning the small tyre class.  (Picture by Ozzy Osborne.)  
Adrian Sinkler powers through the mud on his way to winning the small tyre class.
(Picture by Ozzy Osborne.)

The tight and twisty obstacle course was the next event facing the competitors. Comprising of water trenches and muddy mounds, it proved difficult for most challengers in both the small and large tyre classes, and resulted in a slow motion roll by “Trippa” in his small tyre, Suzuki Samurai, when he failed to negotiate a mound, and slewed sideways off the edge.  Adrian Sinkler (Suzuki Samurai) and Damien Johnson (Suzuki Samurai) tied for first with flawless runs, while Collymore finished third in class with 98 out of a possible 100pts, after striking one of the course markers, resulting in a two-point penalty. In the large tyre class, Arthur once again emerged top dog, garnering 106 out of a possible 120pts, due to striking seven course markers while traversing the course, leaving Dave Lowe to claim second with 102pts, while Nicholas Lorde experienced difficulties in the course when he had to have his Land Rover Discovery towed to safety after failing to climb over one of the steeper mounds, with Kirton failing to start due to mechanical difficulties.

With rain continuously falling throughout the day, when the time came for the much-anticipated Mud Drag Race to start, the drag pits were veritable swamps, making it near impossible for any machine to complete. Of the 12 small tyre class machines, only Chris Armstrong (Suzuki Samurai) was able to complete the distance, while in the large tyre class, of the four entries, only Arthur completed the distance, leaving the pink suited Lowe and his Vitara stuck in the pit. As a result of the difficulty of the Drag Pit, organisers made the decision not to include results from the challenge in the overall results.

The final challenge of the day was the Mud Pit, where man and machine tried their best to go the furthest through the thick mud, testing vehicle power and traction and driver’s ability to keep any momentum going with use of throttle and steering.  In the small tyre class, Armstrong and Johnson completed the length of the pit, while Sinkler (92 per cent complete), Shon Brathwaite in a Suzuki Samurai (83 per cent complete), and Akeem Harewood also in a Suzuki Samurai (75 per cent complete) had to be towed from the pit. In the large tyre class, only two of the four entrants were able to contest the challenge. Arthur once again used his Samurai with great skill and completed the length of the pit, while Lorde made a gallant attempt, but only managed to power his way through 58 per cent of the distance.

Sol October Mudfest Results:

Small Tyre Class (Tyres 31” – 34” tall)

1st Adrian Sinkler

2nd Damien Johnson

3rd Brian Collymore

4th Chris Armstrong

5th Richard Hinkson

Large Tyre Class (Tyres 35” – 44”)

1st Edson Arthur

2nd Dave Lowe

3rd Nicolas Lorde

4th Julian Kirton

Source: (RB)

One Response to Kings of the mud

  1. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne October 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

    God always bless BIM.<3 <3


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