Naples is an elegant, upscale town. It’s a place to toast the sunset with a martini in hand, a place to practice your golf swing, a place to stroll the beach in fashionable swimwear.
Unless you’re talking about the Swamp Buggy Races. None of that is true about them.
The races are a place to nosh on corn dogs, indulge in some down-home southern fun and cheer until your throat is raw. And you most assuredly should leave your designer duds at home.
The Races, heralded as the World’s Muddiest, feature swamp buggies -- which range from standard Jeeps with snorkels to giant monsters with NASCAR racing engines -- navigating the famous Mile O' Mud track. This figure-eight track is flooded with water, around 18 inches deep in most areas, but much deeper in the dreaded sippi holes, so as you can imagine it gets really messy.
The course mimics the terrain that Swamp Buggies were originally invented for: Florida's Everglades, the River of Grass. Before airboats, swamp buggies were the solution to getting across the thousands of square miles of Florida swampland.
Yes, you’ve got to go, and you’ve got the chance to soon. The Swamp Buggy Races Budweiser Cup Finals splash into Florida Sports Park (8250 Collier Blvd, Naples, Fla., 34114) March 2 - 3, 2013.
Races are held the last full weekend in January, the first full weekend of March and the first full weekend of November each year.
And remember, a little dirt ain’t going to hurt!