A man races a swamp buggy in the Florida Everglades. Photographer Malcolm Lightner grew up in Collier County, Florida, and documented the unique sporting event.
The average number of spectators per race is 6,000, Lightner said.
This solid-gold buggy pendant was designed by a local jeweler for $1,600.
The buggies "just slice through (the mud) like butter and there is this sort of majestic quality about it," Lightner said. "It's very surreal."
Fishing hooks adorn these hats that resemble the Confederate flag.
A road sign near the "Mile O' Mud" where racing takes place.
A woman shows off her gun tattoo.
A fabricated alligator was mounted on the back of this swamp buggy driven by the late John "Allen" Barfield.
Children wrestle in the mud.
People watch the races from a homemade stand.
Leonard Chesser is known as the godfather of swamp buggy racing. He retired in 2010 as "the winningest man in swamp buggy history."
The Everglades Parkway extends from Naples on the west coast of Florida to Broward County on the east. The American Automobile Association invented the nickname Alligator Alley because of the large number of alligators in the waterways near the road. Dead alligators on the side of the road are also a common sight.
The culture of swamp buggy racing goes back to the 1940s.
These swamp buggies, part dragster and part boat, are built from scratch and take loads of time and money to create. Competitors can spend nearly $100,000 or more into these custom-created machines.
A tail of mud goes flying in the air.
The Swamp Buggy Queen Pageant is held every April, and one contestant is chosen to preside over all race-related activities.
This buggy broke in half after a crash.
Trucks and trailers are parked near the event.