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"Purple Monkey" Mud Truck Catches Some Serious Nitrous Fire

As we continue to delve deeper into the custom car traditions of the Deep, Deep South, we stumbled upon this clip of a truck called the Purple Monkey. It's a custom Chevy mud trick that's been racing at least since 2012 if not longer, evolving along the way.
"Purple Monkey" Mud Truck Catches Some Serious Nitrous Fire 1 photo
The video is taken at the fifth annual Mud Truck Madness festival in Negreet, Louisiana. Trucks there compete for speed and acceleration in the Outlaw and Outlaw Prostock. The mud pits slow the vehicles' acceleration and can sometimes spin them into the guardrails.

The purple rig from Texas is OK and managed to do another run on the same day. There's no official explanation for the fire, but we think it's backfire from the nitrous system which had just kicked in.

Purple Monkey is an Outlaw class vehicle, but there are even more radical custom rigs out there built from the ground up specifically to take on this interesting form of American motorsport.

With its twin massive carburetors stacked on top of the bigblock engine, the Purple Monkey catches a bit of bad luck, its run being abruptly stropped by a giant ball of fire. With wheel speeds of up to 100 mph, safety is very important in this sport, but driver Erick Brock.

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