There are not too many things more fun that a modern-day mud bog and monster truck show, with lightning fast, high-powered V-8s screaming loud like mechanical banshees and the smell of nitro in the air! But just like hot rods having a history that goes back to the moon-shine running days, mud-bogging is nothing new either, as witnessed in this film above (dating back to sometime in the 1920s).
What we see here is apparently a 1920s-vintage Dodge Brothers sedan driving down miles and miles of deep and rutted muddy roads, and across muddy fields, to get to the gushing oil well. It’s amazing that the car makes it through at all, considering the lack of power, and the skinny slicks. Where’s the blown V-8 and the 44-inch Interco Super Swampers we all think we need these days? What’s evident here is the sheer determination of the driver, as well as an abundance of speed!
Many of us at Off Road Xtreme remember our parents and grandparents talking of a time when most of their cross-country drives meant plenty of unpaved roads, and what we think of as wild and wooly off-roading was just a common occurrence to them. Truth be told, in the 1920s, of the approximately three million miles of roads crossing the U.S., only about 30,000 miles were auto-friendly, and most of those were in the cities.
If you look carefully, you can see the car has “Oil Field Dodge” printed on its side. Watch as the car bounds and bounces along, gets stuck and backs up a few times, and eventually rolls onto its side. Yep, them was the “good ol’ days” so many keep wishing for. You can keep ’em.