Once upon a time, there was this bloke called Jeffie – well to his mates anyway. He had a rather peculiar way about things, but was like a bad cold – he had a way of getting under your skin and ingraining himself within you in some small way. It is after this young fella that the Mudrat’s Revenge came into being.
Cause Jeffie was a bit stir-crazy, a little bit “left of centre”, and he had a love for mud, grime and goo that just couldn’t be explained. Others are challenged by rock ledges, while some see the delight in tackling a steep climb to nowhere, simply because it’s there. But not Jeffie – he had to find mud, and once he did, the world was good – as if the planets had all of a sudden aligned, and the world made more sense – this was the type of chap he was.
So it was a natural for young Jeffie to take control of the mud-run stage at the 2005 Tuff Truck Challenge – who else could possibly do it justice, and have so much fun in making it happen. Well if you were there, you will know what I am talking about – it was HUGE – the crowd went wild, the competitors loved it, and Jeffie had a smile that seemed to light up the cold dark night.
Young Jeff is no longer with us, but his absolute legendary status lives on and will always be remembered. It was his love of mud, hence his nickname of “Mudrat”, that is now synonymous with the night stage at Tuff Truck. All who have taken on the challenge, either from designing the stage to inflict the most excitement, through to those driving and trying to stay out of trouble, have a very special man to thank for all the crazy, crazy stuff he started.
With the arrival of 2009, we deemed it time to re-vamp the Mudrat’s Revenge and try to make it bigger, better, tougher, and sure to bring more smiles to more dials. So we made a call to a man with some BIG equipment, and asked him to bring around his biggest excavator. “Would a 25 tonner be big enough???” he enquired. Have you seen what this beast can do – in the space of a few hours, the entire stage had been transformed, with an entirely new concept, using the age-old format of mud, mud and more mud. But it‘s not going to be deep sludgy stuff like in previous years – yes, there will be just as much – but it will be spread out a bit more, with what could be described as 4 “drag pits” about 12 inches deep ready for the earth shattering noise from the trucks to spray about the place.