Swamp Buggy Races in Naples, Florida

The World Famous Swamp Buggy Races in Naples, Florida

It’s a boat. It’s a truck. It’s a plane. It’s a…wait, what?!? A swamp buggy! If you’re new to the Southwest Florida area, you might also be new to the term swamp buggy. This motorized vehicle designed to drive through moggy swamp terrain dates back to the early 1930s. A Naples man, Ed Frank, helped pioneer a solution–enter the swamp buggy–to navigate through the Everglades as progress and development of the region began. 


It became quite clear that Southwest Florida farmers and hunters became dependent on swamp buggies, not just for everyday outdoor work use, but for fun. More and more people began to build their own swamp buggies out of boats, tractor tires, and other surplus vehicles from World War II. Naturally, that was an invitation to start racing one another. So on November 12, 1949, the inaugural Swamp Buggy Race took place with 50 competitors from the Naples area along with a huge crowd of spectators. 

One could say the unofficial vehicle of Southwest Florida is the swamp buggy because of its rich history.

So what does this vehicle have to do with the Naples Relocation Experts? Well, you’re in for a real treat! One of our favorite annual events to attend is the World Famous Swamp Buggy Races which continues to be hosted right here in our hometown of Naples, Florida.

This outdoor event is fun for the entire family. From toddlers to teenagers all the way to the grandparents, everyone in the family will be talking about this event for years to come. With six upcoming swamp buggy events happening over the next couple of months, you will have to plan a time to go check this out.

Swamp Buggy Race dates

Saturday, December 4, 2021 | Swamp Buggy Terry Langford Memorial Fall Classic Test & Tune Day

Time: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

Location: Florida Sports Park

This event is a test and tune day for the swamp buggies. There won’t be any racing on this event date but you can check out the vehicles that will be racing the next day.

Sunday, December 5, 2021 | Swamp Buggy Terry Langford Memorial Fall Classic Race Day

Time: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

Location: Florida Sports Park

This is the main race event with special ticket pricing for adults and kids (12 and under). There are also VIP tickets available that include covered seating for both Saturday and Sunday, a pit tour with lunch, and 5 beverages.

Get your tickets here.

There will be other upcoming races happening on January 29 & 30, 2022, and March 12 & 13, 2022. Currently, tickets sales for these dates are unavailable to purchase but be sure to check the Swamp Buggy Races website as the dates get closer. 

Some other important things to know about this event is that general seating is in a grandstand area, and no folding chairs, umbrellas, or coolers are permitted in that space. The event is also held be it rain or shine with no refunds. 

Get ready for speed, mud, excitement, and thrill! This event experience will not disappoint. If you’re ready to make the home of the Swamp Buggy Races your forever or seasonal residence, be sure to contact us or call us at (239) 269-7685.

Drew Josephson

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