For the past 27 years, Sunset Truckers has been putting on a show that's not what you'd call a comfy experience. Held at the onset of winter, the show is typically a crap-shoot each year because of weather conditions. Some years, the weather during Reso' Weekend was so bad that only the most hard-core mini-truckers would even dare to venture to the location.
To ring in 2003, Sunset Truckers set everything for the newest Resolutions event at the Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark in Newbury Springs, California, during the last weekend of December 2002. The park, which is located about 25 miles north of Barstow, wasn't what we'd call the perfect setting for a show; the nearest facilities other than the park itself were a good 25-30 miles in either direction from the event. However, in true Resolution's fashion, plenty of hard-core mini-truckers showed up to enjoy the weekend full of incredible customs and good times for all.
We pulled into the park at about 10 p.m. Friday night to see hundreds of mini-truckers partying it up in the camping area. After we made it through through the line, we found a suitable camping area and parked our vehicles for the night. What ensued was an atypical, beyond-cold Cali'evening, with more fun times hanging out with friends old and new. Even when temperatures dropped below 30 degrees (we never said Californians weren't spoiled by spring weather), people just bundled up and stepped a foot closer to the campfires. Soon the park grew quiet, and before you knew it, the masses awoke and began to prepare their vehicles for the show.
Just before dawn, customs lined up to be directed into the water play area of the waterpark; they were then parked among the walkways of the establishment. Sunset has thrown the show here before, and from our recollection, the place was packed more for Reso ' 2003 than we'd seen a few years earlier. There were enough vehicles to completely fill the inner area of the park and enough to fill up a lot just outside the park as well. There were customs of all makes, styles, sizes, and descriptions on display in just as many stages of mild to wild completion.
When everyone was in place and had their rides detailed to their satisfaction, the Sunset judges made their rounds checking off each vehicle and comparing it to the others in attendance. There were a total of 27 show classes for Resolutions 2003 and an additional 12 specialty awards for everything from Single and Multicolor Paint to Best Engineered, Long Distance, and Under Construction. Everyone worked on their rides before judging, knowing well that they were up against some serious competition. We noticed there were plenty of old-school customs that were pulled out of mothballs this year and taken to Resolutions. Even SciBorg, a perennial under-construction Ford Courier, was there, along with a "totally '80s" tandem-axle Nissan Hardbody King Cab.
When the show's judges finished inspecting vehicles, the show area was cleared, and those who spent the day showing spent yet another evening hanging out with one another and enjoying the few days they'd set aside to cruise.
On Sunday, Sunset hosted its awards ceremony that sent a little less than 100 enthusiasts home with awards for their labors. Although there wasn't one warm person the whole weekend during the evening, the days at Reso' were warm and full of incredible rides and the people who drove them.