The title of the "Back 2 Basics" show explains it all. The February event in Youngsville, Lousiana, was the brainchild of Ronnie "Speedy" Baudoin. He wanted to create a car show that was like the mini truck shows he attended in the 1990s: a simple one-day event where everyone rolled in early to clean their ride, and enjoyed hanging out with all their buddies.

The show was held in the parking lot of a roller skating and hockey arena. The vendors included Weekend Celebrity Productions, Keef's Rod and Custom, KIK, Chops Speed Shop, and Rim Pros. Also in attendance showing off their cool monster truck were the Fatal Attraction Crew Members. The truck was a big hit with the little kids.

A must-see ride was Brian Castille's 2010 Sandrail with a 2498cc, air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle motor blueprinted at 200 horsepower. Everything has been chromed or painted tangerine orange with silver flake. The suspension on this toy consist of modified Kingpin trailing arms supported by 12-inch nitrogen-filled shocks in the front and 14-inch shocks for a smooth ride on not-so-smooth terrain. With all the detail on this bad boy, it's hard to believe it only took Castille three months to build it.

Another truck that caught my eye was Barry Guidry's 1984 Chevrolet C-10, which rolls on 20 x 8.5 Raceline nitros up front and 22 x 10 nitros in the rear. Everything and anything has been shaved on this truck, giving it a smooth look. The finish consists of a two-tone paint scheme using factory light blue and a Honda Fiji blue painted by Mike Mayers. The truck gets its low stance from the air ride suspension. Under the hood sits a 305 Chevy with a lot of paint and chrome. Guidry's father and older brother have always owned this style of truck, so it's a family favorite.


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