So what exactly is a Swamp Buggy?
The Swamp Buggy was a vehicle created in Naples Florida in the 1930's and 1940's as a way to get around the wet and marshy areas of the Everglades. It was used for recreation and hunting. Around the week before hunting season people would gather to share notes on their buggies and before long friendly competitions were taking place.
In the Beginning.....
According to Wikipedia the official Swamp Buggy Race was held November 12, 1949 with some 50 entrants. The event gained in popularity and in the 1950's was seen on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Actor Gary Cooper was even a participant! Photos of The original Swamp Buggies
As with any popular event the cash prizes increase as do the modifications on the vehicles and the technology. Today's Swamp Buggy would be too fast for hunting so they are instead pitted against each other every October, January and March. The Swamp Buggy Parade kicks off the racing season here in Naples every October. Today's parade was a big success and the rain stayed in North Naples. It was a little humid but most everyone looked like they had a smile on their face! Races are reportedly sometimes televised on channels like ESPN and the Sunshine Network.
Swamp Buggy Parade 10/25/08
When and Where
Races are held at the Florida Sports Park off of Rt. 951 aka Collier Blvd.
10/26 Budweiser Fall Classic Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Races start at 12:30 p.m $17 Advanced Tickets or $20 at the Gate for 12 or over. Tickets are available online at www.swampbuggy.com
Last year Amy Chesser was the first woman driver to stomp all over the competition. Go Amy!
To add to the fun there is also a crowned Swamp Buggy Queen ;this years being Olivia Culp.
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