The founding 4x4fathers knew they wouldn't get rich from mud racing. They were just happy to participate and hopefully win. Some of these 4x4fathers are still racing, and one of them you may be familiar with: Lonnie McCurry Sr., CEO and president of Skyjacker Suspensions. In 2003, Lonnie teamed up again with one of his longtime friends, Richard Richardson, to revisit their passion for mud racing. Richardson drove and Lonnie was swamper in the highly competitive Modified Class in their red and white Ford Bronco - #99, the Mohuncher. They proved themselves in this new era of mud racing by becoming the 2003 AMRA points champions in their class as part of the Skyjacker Motor Sports Team. Also, Sherie Richardson races her silver Chevy in the Super Stock Class. Two of Richardson's sons are also racers: Dewayne Richardson races the Modified Class in the King Cobra (his dad's refurbished Mohuncher), and Beryl Richardson competes in the Super Modified Class in his black Ford Bronco AK47.
Lonnie and Richard have recognized the investment it takes to keep a passion alive. Both of these gentlemen have invested time and money into the sport of their youth... which is now the sport that keeps them young at heart. And, if the rumors are true, you'll have the opportunity to see these 4x4fathers in the cockpit of a new race truck for the 2007 season.
As with any sport that progresses as it moves into a new era, there have been significant technological advances in the sport of mud racing. There's added horsepower, better waterproofing, greater tire traction, improved damping, and evermore sophisticated suspension designs.
But it is people who make the biggest difference in a sport.
People in their race vehicles, people in the stands, people who host the facility - all of them pursuing something they love.
The people of the AMRA are carrying the torch of the extreme sport of mud racing today and into the future. The AMRA hosts fantastic, crowd-pleasing events for 4x4 enthusiasts to enjoy. As they say down South, "y'all need to come get ya some" to fully relish the flavor of this gumbo mud and all-out action.
American Mud Racing Association (AMRA)
Dept. FW, 212 Stevenson Street