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The 10th Annual Southeast Showdown

Where the big rigs come to play

Joe Greeves
Feb 13, 2014
Photographers: Joe Greeves
No matter what you drive, one of the best things about a truck show is the opportunity to see a huge variety of vehicles. They are fun to look at and become a source of ideas for your own ride.
The 10th Annual Southeast Showdown has been a favorite of the eight-lug community for many years, with big, lifted trucks parked everywhere you turn. Held at the Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, South Carolina, this year’s event attracted more than 400 quality rides with lots of the show trucks doing double duty as tow vehicles. Of the dozens of big rigs that took home trophies, most were daily drivers and work trucks, showing the versatility of our eight-lug rides. 
Of course, when it comes to a little friendly competition, there is a distinct advantage when you are dealing with events like the burnout contest. Hit the gas in a high-torque diesel, and the volume of white smoke can create a whole new cloud cover. Jon “Tin Man” Kurz showed how it was done, treating the crowd to a high- performance mixture of black from the stacks and white from the wheels, winning the event. Diesel fans also got a special treat, watching Benji Atkins fire up his beautifully customized ’65 Cadillac Deville -- especially when the diesel-powered Caddy started spewing black smoke from the side exhaust, and the rear wheels began creating their own plumes of white.
Photo 2/23   |   More than 400 vehicles were on display at this year’s event, lining the track at the Anderson Motor Speedway.
At the opposite end of the spectrum was the high-altitude and highly polished ’06 Ford F-250 crew cab owned by Matt Kelly. Designed for the show circuit but more than capable of off-roading, the bright red Ford was loaded with a competition stereo in the custom interior and sported 10 inches of lift on 46-inch-high Mickey Thompson rubber. The glistening show truck captured Best Lifted Truck and the 8-Lug Editor’s Choice award. Watch for more on this one soon.
There was lots to see and do at SESD, with events ranging from the Tattoo Exhibition to the Soap Box Derby Race. The odds were also good that you would score a trophy; more than 180 laser-cut steel awards headed home with new owners. Clubs play a big part in the success of any event, and show promoter Jon Fulmer recognized the members of No Regrets, presenting them with a Best Club Attitude award and $100. The Club Quality award (and another $100) went to Relaxed Atmosphere, determined by the vehicle judging sheets. Finally, it was a tie for Club Participation, with $200 shared between Twisted Minis and Earth Scrape, each with 28 entries.
In addition to Matt Kelly’s win in the Best Lifted category, Ronnie Seprish won the Best Full-Size and Best Debuting Truck ($500) with his ’02 GMC Sierra. The Best Classic Truck went to Sam Turner’s ’51 5-Window Chevy, and Best of Show went to Rusty Lowe for his slick ’92 Toyota.
Shows like this are a group effort, and sponsors play a vital role in its success. Special thanks to Sam’s Garage, DropEmWear, Welch’s Chop Shop, Ruff Zone, Tint Plus, NOPI, Glassworx, Palmetto Rod Worx, Williamson Auto, and Fastech Chassis and Rods. Jon sends another vote of thanks to Cagney, Allison, Clell, Logan, Justin, Jason, Kent, and the rest of the high-energy team that helped make SESD 2013 possible. If you’d like more info on this South Carolina favorite, check out www.southeastshowdown.com and put July 26 and 27, 2014 on your calendar now.

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