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by Superior Style & Sound

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by Rich Augat, Superior4x4.com

A mean motor – It’s the one thing you must have, regardless if you’re running mud trucks, muscle cars or track monsters. You want it to have tons of horsepower, be built right and tested to ensure your rig is no “one-run wonder.”

Entire vehicles are built around the motor you choose, and the better the motor is – the more mud-slinging, rubber-burning, spine-tingling, goose bump-producing power you bring to a bog, race, sled pull or tug-of-war.

We’ve shared photos and even spotlighted some of the sickest mud trucks in the South – all with engines that pulse with power. The one common thread linking all of these trucks together has been their impressive power plants, many of which were tinkered with and tuned at Central Florida Machine & Speed located in Winter Garden, Florida.

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This is where many of the best mud truck owners, racers and rail drivers head to get that extra “OOMPH” they crave when it’s time to put the pedal to the floor. Central Florida Machine & Speed is driven by a great guy by the name of Rob Izzy, who is the man responsible for much of the unbelievable horsepower you see, hear and feel on mud tracks and at mud bogs around Central Florida.

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Rob and the shop have an impressive portfolio of work, as they have built motors for popular Monster Trucks like “Gunslinger” and “Raisin Kane,” as well as Mega Trucks such as the “Game Over” Jeep, “Steamboat,” “Cocky,” “Spare Parts Bronco” and too many more insane mud monsters to name.

Rob’s motor mastermind isn’t limited to monster mud trucks. If you want to bore out that 454, get that Cummins going or Powerstroke purring – he’s the man to see in Central Florida.

As of the time of this report, he had a 302 restoration job going on in his shop, demonstrating that no matter your horsepower dreams, he can make your engine roar to life.

It helps that he has all the tools needed to test and tune your new motor – including an in-house Dyno and all the equipment speed racing guys dream of.

When he’s done with your motor, clients say they have that warm and fuzzy “bulletproof” feeling when they load the truck or car on the trailer and head for the track.

You may see (or hear) the big “Blue Durango” screaming through the mud at many of the upcoming events in Florida. That truck, as well as many others powered up by Rob, is a true testament to the quality of work put out by Central Florida Machine & Speed.

If you spot it at the next event and decide you are ready for “The One” for your next motor, be sure to talk to Rob. Look the shop up when you are ready – your tire-melting, stopwatch-burning, high-flying days are just a phone call away.

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by Superior Style & Sound

Superior4x4.com

by Rich Augat, Superior4x4.com

There were so many impressive performances at so many different muddin’ events this past month, it was hard to decide who deserved our mythical title of “Baddest Truck of the South.”

On the heels of another unbelievable Puddin Creek bog in late October (too many big, bad trucks to mention), November had some awesome events like: Redneck Yacht Club’s first Trucks Gone Wild (TGW) event, side-by-side mud drag racing at Palm Beach International Speedway, mud racing at Bubba’s Mud Ranch and Bithlo, events at Woodpecker Mud Bog in White Springs, Auggie Bog in St. Augustine and Hog Waller in Palatka.

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Ken’s Tuff Trux and the “Game Over” Jeep, the “Bad to the Bone” Ford, My Turn, Hammerhead, Steamboat, Grouch, Monster Mudder, Batman, Broke ‘n Busted and a bunch of other teams and trucks were slingin’ it all over the place this past month.

But it was Horse Hole Creek’s “Ford vs Chevy Showdown” and Tri-Event Challenge in Inglis that got us thinking. We added up the best showings from around the state and decided our monthly award went to ALL the CHEVY trucks.

Yes, I will probably hear it from the Ford guys, the Dodge guys (and even the ‘Zuk, ‘Yota, etc. guys), but the Chevys kicked some butt last month – including winning the showdown at Horse Hole (“Dead Man Dan” Dummy Drag, “Hill ‘n Hole” and Fire Drill Race). Chevrolets also placed really well at PBIR and stormed out in force at RYC’s massive park.

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So, the title goes to the “bow tie” boys this month – but, only for a month. December brings another Trucks Gone Wild (TGW) weekend – with truck pulls at Jesse Blacks on Dec. 4 and TGW’s Muddy Christmas event at Bithlo Motorsports on Dec. 6.

We will have our cameras at Triple Canopy Ranch’s (TCR) big “Toy’s for Tots” Mud Bog event on Dec. 11-13. TCR has quickly built a reputation for having some of the best black mud in the state, and with TGW cameras rolling, the pits are sure to be filled with candidates for our “Baddest Truck Title.”

There will be raffles for great prizes with proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots, and if you bring an unwrapped toy you even get extra tickets for the raffle.

There is also going to be all types of entertainment when the mud settles after dark on Saturday. A DJ and mechanical bull have been booked, and the “TCR Girls” will be floating around giving away free stuff and lighting up the nightlife.

Tickets are available online at www.TripleCanopyRanch.com

December is definitely filled with all types of merry muddy goodness, and we can’t wait to see what Santa has under the tree for us (hopefully, that new engine I’ve been hinting about).

So, until it gets finished, keep checking back here and on Superior4x4.com

by Richard Augat, Off Road Correspondent Superior Style & Sound (Superior4x4.com)

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For more in-depth off-road coverage, pick up the October issue of Woods 'n Water, click on our forums page http://www.woodsnwater.net/forums for the "Offroad" section and be sure to visit http://www.superior4x4.com/ourevents.html for awesome video and photos of recent events around the South!