It’s been awhile since Hogs & Heifers Racing entered into an off-road event. As fans, we’ve been to plenty of races in 2021, but as a racing team, this was our first event in a bit. This is why we were extra excited to meet up in South Pittsburg,TN to take on the 2021 Tear Down in Tennessee!
This Ultra4 Racing Series event took place at Adventure Off Road Park, which is a f ckin killer park located between Atlanta and Nashville. We copied this write-up from their website to give you a feel for the facility:
The Adventure Off Road Park and Nature Center consists of more than 500 acres of land, with over 120 off road trails rated from mild to extreme. This off roader’s paradise is located in mountains of South Central Tennessee, right in between Kimble and South Pittsburg. The AOP offers, easy off road trails for beginners, to some of the most extreme natural rock trails available. In addition to the AOP Trails, we offer a huge green space for camping, RV hookups, bathrooms and showers, the AOP Pavilion, the AOP Dirt Track and Obstacle Course and the Battle Creek Beach. We host over 20 events throughout the year, from off road races to festivals.
On the scene with us for this race weekend was good friend of the saloon and race car driver, Liam O’Donnell – his partner in crime and navigator Dave Herman. Liam and Dave traveled from the Northeast – Hogs owner Michelle Dell, AR, and Penny traveled from Vegas – and photographer Cameron came up from Georgia to round-out the crew! Since we haven’t seen Cameron over the COVID year, nobody knew he only lived an hour away from the race. He’s always up for a party, so ya know he was showing up as soon as we told him about the race!
All of the UTV races that Hogs & Heifers Racing has entered have been longer events. The Tear Down in Tennessee was about two hours, almost a sprint compared to what we’ve done. But this race was anything but a sprint! The course offers some of the most brutal natural rock trails available in the country. Before the race, Hogs racer Liam mentioned how happy he would be to finish this thing in one piece, and if you know Lee, he’s fearless… so this was surprising to hear him say! Below is a recap of the race in his words – just below thought is a video recap from Ultra4 that’s pretty bad-ass!!
That was fun y’all, when are we doing this again?!
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The History of Hogs & Heifers Saloon
The idea for opening a bar and calling it Hogs & Heifers was conceived in, of all places, a bar. Allan Dell was a self-proclaimed functioning alcoholic and figured he spent enough time sitting at a bar and that he might as well make some money while he sat there. Allan’s two friends and drinking buddies were a Master Carpenter and a Graphic Design Artist and he talked them into helping him build a bar. They would all drink for free and get laid regularly and for three broke guys in their early to mid twenties, who could ask for anything more. Allan’s father agreed to finance his project if he could find an experienced bar owner to “father” him in the business. Enter Tom McNeil, legend in the Dive Bar business. McNeil owned the Village Idiot in Manhattan’s East Side, which was the Boys’ favorite watering hole, where they could sit for hours drinking ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for a $1.75 a can. Allan knew that he wanted to open a bar that had to do with motorcycles and women and the original logo did, in fact, include an illustration of a chopper. The Boys were trying to come up with a name, while sitting in the Village Idiot one afternoon…”Hogs & something”. On the wall above the bar was a sign for a Heifer Auction, and a heifer being a cow that has not yet been bred, is essentially a virgin cow. The name Hogs & Heifers was born. The fact that the bar ended up being in a real meat market was simply due to the affordable rent at the time, but it was a perfect match and had a great deal to do with the success of the business.
Hogs & Heifers Saloon was to be an all American classic country and southern rock-n-roll dive bar. Allan knew he wanted it to have the look and feel of a gin mill and that he wanted to hang “stuff” all over the walls. Other than that, there was little else that he had thought about. He had a lot of friends who liked to drink and planned on throwing a party for them every night. Allan may never have imagined that it would turn into the famous bar it is today, but it was absolutely his pride and joy and he considered it his greatest achievement and reveled in its quick success.
Having entered the picture prior to its opening, Michelle Dell was the first bartender to be hired. The routine performed and style of dress worn by the bartenders behind the bar, which has made Hogs & Heifers famous, was born from Michelle’s heart. Hogs & Heifers opened in November of 1992 during an unseasonably cold winter. There was literally no heat source of any kind in the bar and it was so cold you could often see your own breath. Both Allan and Michelle believed in the notion of less is more when it came to dressing behind the bar and it was always freezing; did we mention the bar had no heat? Finally, Allan bought these little space heaters that did next to nothing to provide heat and with Necessity being the Mother of all Invention, Michelle began dancing on the bar–in the empty bar–as a means to keep warm. She would throw a few dollars in the jukebox and just get up on the bar and dance. Little did she know it would become the trademark theme of Hogs & Heifers and lead to countless celebrities dancing on the bar and donating their bras. The Julia Roberts photo was seen around the world and her bra still hangs there today, albeit hidden beneath some 18,000 bras! Michelle’s famous routine has inspired a Major Motion Picture and a league of copy cat Bars.
Essentially, Allan and Michelle, and their friends, were just a bunch of kids with nothing to lose and they threw a party that they enjoyed. They were fortunate and blessed that so many others would love to come to their party and would do so repeatedly. The two were married in Reno, Nevada, on November 16th, 1993. Allan Dell passed away on June 7, 1997. Hogs & Heifers continues to be run by Michelle Dell who was the sole proprietor of the New York City location. She now lives in Las Vegas, close to her favorite saloon!