Collier County's early development in the 1930's and 1940's was highlighted by the emergance of strange looking vehicles featuring huge balloon tires, gun racks, and usually sporting an unusual name like "Dirt Dobber or Tumblebug". These buggies were born out of necessity, as there was no effective way to penetrate the vast, boggy mire known as Collier county except for the versatile "Swamp Buggy". Early Collier County settlers recall the beginnings of Swamp Buggy Racing as a gathering of hunters. As legend has it, every year, just prior to the opening of hunting season, (usually the end of October or early November) all the "Crackers" would spend a week or so preparing their buggies for the first legal day of hunting.
Today, thousands of people turn out to watch the popular and colorful swamp buggy races. See what all the fuss is about March 2 -3, 2013! Admission ranges from $6 to 65. Saturday gates open at 10:30am. Time Trials 12:00pm- 3:30pm. Sunday gates open at 10:30am. Racing begins at 12:30pm - 4:30pm. For more information, contact Florida Sports Park at (239) 774-2701.