Southwest Truck Parts sponsored the 17th annual Mud Run Saturday with proceeds going to benefit the Hope Center here in Pratt.

Southwest Truck Parts sponsored the 17th annual Mud Run Saturday with proceeds going to benefit the Hope Center here in Pratt.

There were all kinds of vehicles attempting to negotiate their way through the mud pit at the Pratt County Fairgrounds, with most completing their passes successfully. Also on tap were mini-rod and lawn mower tractor pulls. ATVs had a separate pit in the KMRO event.

Easily the most bizarre pass was attempted by a competitor known only as “J.P.” from Chicago IL. Most mud-running vehicles come equipped with powerful engines that burn fossil fuels. J.P.’s Honda Insight— an all-electric car— drew a skeptical reaction from the crowd, as few believed the Insight would possess enough ‘guts’ to get through the mud.

J.P. abandoned his original concept, which was to weld empty beer kegs to his wheels in an effort to keep his car from sinking into the mud. Instead, J.P. settled for retrofitting (somehow) his Insight with a pair of oversized tires on his front wheels (the Insight being front-wheel drive.)

The knowledgeable crowd was correct in its assessment of J.P.’s chances, as his car made it an estimated foot and a half into the pass before he needed to be towed out by a tractor. Thus ended J.P.’s quixotic attempt to introduce ‘green’ technology into a sport that thrives on the unrepentant consumption of fossil fuels.