The Board of Directors of Swamp Buggy, Inc., announced Friday the Budweiser Fall Classic races scheduled for Nov. 2-3 will be canceled. It's the first time in the 64-year history of swamp buggy racing that the Fall Classic will not take place.
A press release stated the Fall Classic was postponed "due to safety concerns due to delays in developer improvements to Rattlesnake Hammock Road Extension, which provides access to the Florida Sports Park. Swamp Buggy, Inc., is also undergoing its own renovations to its banquet hall and other improvements to the park to enhance the safety and enjoyment of our patrons."
The revamped three-race schedule kicks off Jan. 25-26, followed by what normally is the Spring Classic on March 1-2. The finale now will be May 3, and take place at night.
"We believe these improvements will increase the public's enjoyment of the Sports Park and the family-oriented events that attract over 100,000 spectators each year," the release states.
The annual Swamp Buggy Parade also will be postponed to correspond with the new race schedule. The parade will be rescheduled, "pending permit approval," the release states.