Rock bouncing is becoming more popular, especially in the Southeast. It’s all about big horsepower, big tires, and big air. These rock-bouncing tube buggies are purpose-built to do just that: bounce. They are generally 500 hp or more and built with bombproof drivetrains to withstand launching into the air off of rock ledges and such.
Capture the excitement of rock bouncing in an organized racing environment and you’ve got the Southern Rock Racing Series (SRRS). The SRRS began after seeing these drivers launch up trail obstacles at full throttle in an attempt not only to climb the obstacle but to do so in a fast and spectacular fashion.
After competing in the first two SRRS events and getting a DNF each time, Adam Adair put o
The SRRS is a “run what ya brung” grassroots-stlye racing event. An element of showmanship is also prevalent—think Monster Jam meets hillclimbing. These guys love to put on a show. The SRRS consists of four races at four off-road parks around the Southeast. The rules are simple: The fastest rig to the top wins. No penalties, just a simple DNF if you roll over or time out. Courses are short hillclimbs and are electronically timed with lasers for precision.
This race at Superlift Adventure Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, marked the final event of the season. The outcome of the race would determine the series winner and who would walk away with $10,000 as well as the title of Southern Rock Racing Champion.
It’s all about big horsepower, big tires, and big air. These rock-bouncing tube buggies are purpose-built to do just that: bounce”
Rick Muns recently acquired a Poison Spyder Bruiser chassis and made it a point to find al
Rock bouncing is arguably one of the most brutal types of off-roading. With the amount of horsepower these buggies produce and the driving style they are subjected to, stuff breaks often. Parts that were considered unbreakable shatter when these drivers are at the wheel. The sport is evolving quickly and is pushing hard for the innovation of better and stronger parts.
Manufacturers are working hard to design new parts that will survive the abuse. RCV Performance, for instance, has been working with Jordan Tanner on a new larger CV bell and true 40-spline 300M axleshafts. Technology and parts from other forms of motorsports are being integrated into these rock-bounce buggies as well. For example, plan to see buggies with SCS straight-drive transfer cases from the monster truck industry hitting the trails soon.
Affectionately named Hillbilly Deluxe, Justin Tune’s rig was built by Smith Motorsports in
Thirty competitors signed up for this event from all around the country. Not all competitors were the typical rock-bouncer type. Some Ultra4 desert race–style cars, some trail buggies, and even a W.E.Rock-style rockcrawler ran this event. The series points leader was Peter Basler in his BTF buggy. He took the lead in points early when he made a strategic decision at the first event and kept that lead throughout the rest of the season. Bobby Tanner was close on Basler’s heels all season driving the ColeWorx-built rock bouncer buggy Screamin’ Blue.
The first year of SRRS went better than the promoters expected. The series is quickly gaining popularity and fans. They are busy working on new ideas to improve the series next year. Be sure to check out more online at www.southernrockracing.com and Superlift ORV park at www.orvpark.com.
Disco Derek West signed up for some bouncin’ in his Jimmy’s 4x4 Ultra4 car. It would not b
You might think the color pink on a mean-looking buggy like this is odd, but not when it’s
Ken Blume took his W.E.Rock purpose-built rockcrawler to see what it would do in the SRRS
Arguably one of the most exciting drivers in rock bouncing is Bobby Tanner. His “never lif
“Nothing runs like a Deere.” Richie Keith is a farmer with countless green and yellow trac
Cole Shirley had Jim’s Garage build this LS-powered JK buggy a few years ago, but his wife
Perhaps one of the most inspiring drivers is Randall Key in his buggy Blaze. He attends mo
Rollovers are common in this type of event. Joe Lawson, owner of Dirty Turtle Offroad Park
A 60-degree dirt hill with a 4-foot-tall ledge makes for a bad combination. Brandon Dillon
Peter Basler took the overall series win in his Blue Torch Fab–built Ultra4 buggy. Basler’
Jordan Tanner has earned himself the nickname Air Jordan. His ColeWorx buggy is frequently
Another Smith Motorsports chassis that has found its way to the Midwest is Josh Robert’s L
If you’ve ever seen Southern rock-bouncing videos online, chances are it was a MadRam11 YouTube video. Cole Shirley started that YouTube channel years ago. He has been involved in this type of wheelin’ since the beginning, and his over 50 million video views show it! Check out all the high-flyin’, parts-killin’, Southern wheelin’ action at www.madram11productions.com.
Todd Puckett took the nastiest roll of the weekend. His supercharged Buick 3600 and cut TSL Boggers were the perfect combination for loose hillclimbing, but then he launched the buggy, took a bad bounce, and went for a wild ride.