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MILE O' MUD: THE CULTURE OF SWAMP BUGGY RACING -- MALCOLM LIGHTNER. Padgett Powell. PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, 2016. Distributed by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 136 pp. with 91 ills. (84 col.) and 84 col. reference ills. 31 x 33 cm. LC 2015-957410 ISBN 9781576877944 In English.
Publisher's description: A native Floridian, photographer Malcolm's first monograph, Mile O' Mud, shows us his home's beauty; scarred and raw, surrounded by lush blue sky and restorative greens and we witness a community unapologetically celebrating their colorful and unique history, full of wild abandon and enjoying every minute of it. Churning the buttery muddy water at the Florida Sports Park, the swamp buggy races keep Florida's frontier heritage alive. A bastard child to NASCAR, these custom buggies (part boat, part dragster) tear through terrain more like the lake in the center of Daytona International Speedway than the track surrounding it. The Jeep class is designed to slog through with the driver's head barely above water and the Pro-modified built exclusively for speed as they hit 75mph and dwarfed by their own four-foot wheels. Fans pile meat in baking pans and cans of Budweiser in boxes and stack themselves in bleachers, truck beds, and on top of home-made platforms to cheer for the Swamp Buggy Queen and pray for drivers' quick recoveries when the track proves too treacherous.
Artist(s):Lightner, Malcolm
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170884
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