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Slamfest 2010 - Custom Truck Show

Florida’s Slamfest Finds a New Home

Joe Greeves
Jun 1, 2011
Photographers: Joe Greeves
Ask any real estate agent about the most important aspects of a sale and he will recite the old adage of “location, location, location.” The same idea carries over to truck shows, since the proper venue can mean the difference between having a great time or a wasted weekend. One of Florida’s oldest and longest running club-sponsored events has been in the same location for many years, but it was time for a change. Rising costs and ever-tightening restrictions, along with local law enforcement viewing the event as a revenue-gathering opportunity, prompted the Mini Madness crew to find a new home for Slamfest. Scouting teams checked lots of locations before deciding on the college town of Gainesville, Florida, and the Alachua County Fairgrounds. Centrally located, the new site was easy to find and the local merchants rolled out the red carpet to the several thousand folks who attended this year’s weekend get-together.
Photo 2/23   |   A collection of more than 650 vehicles attended this year’s Slamfest at its new location
More than 650 vehicles lined up for display at the tree-lined fairgrounds, with drivers and spectators enjoying the balmy October weather in the mid-70s. An additional collection of cool rides was on display in the indoor pavilion if you needed a break from the Florida sunshine. Drive-through judging was quick and efficient, held under the shade of the facility’s huge pole building. While the colorful collection of cars and trucks may have been the main event, everyone looks forward to a Slamfest tradition on Sunday morning. Club games are guaranteed great fun and the members of the various car and truck clubs had as much fun as the spectators. Every game had a twist and each one was funnier than the last. The games were a lead-in for Slamfest’s favorite spectator event: the bikini competition. This year, there were more than a dozen Florida cuties on the stage looking for a share the $1,000 cash prize. Beautiful Hope was the winner.
The awards ceremony wrapped up the weekend festivities with more than 100 drivers heading home with unique, powdercoated, laser-cut steel trophies. The event was a resounding success, with everyone agreeing the new location was going to work out just fine. If you’d like to be part of next year’s madness, check out http://www.minimadness.com for details. Go to www.8-Lug.com for additional photos.
Photo 3/23   |   In addition to some high-dollar door prizes, more than 100 laser-cut trophies were given out during the awards ceremony.

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