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2009 West Coast Nationals - River Run

The River Run Is Back!

Mike Alexander
Apr 1, 2010
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Just when we thought that the fabled West Coast river runs were a thing of the past, we were hit with a surprise that Bob Hase and the Sunset crew figured out a way to bring back West Coast Nationals!
Needless to say, we were elated and with the return of West Coast Nationals, and other truck runs on the rise like Tex Mex and Camp-N-Drag, we're seeing a return of the back-to-the-basics fun that made minitruckin' what it is today! Bob Hase is no stranger to throwing river run shows and has been doing so for the last twenty-five-plus years. So with Resolutions retiring he worked hard to bring us back a river run at the once famous, La Paz County Park. In fact, the second river run that I attended as a young up and coming minitrucker was West Coast Nationals 1998.
Photo 2/40   |   2009 West Coast Nationals truck Show
That's right, the old days are back! People came from states near and far to help support and see the return of West Coast Nationals so we could ensure that it would remain on the show schedule as an annual must-attend event. We knew we couldn't miss the fun, so we worked hard for a week straight to get Project Low Lux ready to see the show. After buttoning up the final details, and planning our caravan, we hit the road early Friday. With visitors from as far away as Japan, and states as far away as Georgia, you can see why this year's show took Show Of the Year! There was an amazing turn out of support, and the atmosphere of relaxing on the river with a few cold ones, your truck camped behind you, and all of your buds around you, there really is nothing better.
Photo 3/40   |   2009 West Coast Nationals flyer
In true old-school fashion, we even made sure to list a few of the winners from the show. So be sure to drive, fly, hitchhike, or walk; whatever it takes to get to this show, you definitely don't want to miss it again! For more information and to keep tabs on the next event, be sure to bookmark
Show Lowdown
Name: West Coast Nationals
Location: La Paz County Park
Dates: September 25-27
Total Vehicles in Attendance: More than 800
Spectator Attendance: More than 3,000
Photo 22/40   |   2009 West Coast Nationals custom Minitruck
Fast 411:
• West Coast Nats returns after a 9-year absence from the scene
• West Coast will return in September 2010 and will become an annual event with our help and support
• The city and police were happy with the event as a whole, but trash was still a concern that will have to be solved to ensure the event can return to La Paz
Class Winners:
• Classic Mini First place went to Mike Lepker with his Datsun
• Mini Sport Utility First place went to Danny Santos with his Blazer from Severed Ties
• Mini Closed Bed First place went to Marley with his Blue Toyota from Xtreme Lowz
• Mini Open Bed Wild First place went to Ron Perkins with his debut
Photo 23/40   |   2009 West Coast Nationals two Tone Truck
Best of Winners:
• Best Interior Truck went to Ron Perkins from Relaxed Atmosphere with his debut Frontier
• Under Construction Truck went to Martin Lund with the Chopper Toyota from
• Best Engineering went to Jozef Retana from Severed Ties
• Best Multicolor paint went to Chris Mauer from No Regrets
Photo 24/40   |   2009 West Coast Nationals suicide Doors
Sponsors: Mini Truckin', Truckin', Big Time Threads, Chassis Tech, Grant Kustoms, Chassis By Aaron Iha, Street Source Magazine, Lowrider Depot, Go EZ, So Cal Customs, CGS Motorsports, Ludikrs Kustoms, Truckrun.Net
Vendors: Mac's Spring, Low life Video, Bad ASS Switches, Sadistic Iron Werks, Can Do, If It's Got Wheels, Drop 'Em Wear?, CKustumz, Hall Ass The Shop, Grunion Fabrication, The Interior Shop, AutoCore, Fuel Marketing, Air-Zenith, BST Clothing, KIK, and Universal Air
Photo 25/40   |   2009 West Coast Nationals convertible Truck
Contact for future Events:
Bob Hase at (909) 910-3184 or visit



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