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2015 NOPI Nationals and Southeast Showdown

This Myrtle Beach event has become a real trucker's show!

Joe Greeves
Aug 18, 2015
Photographers: Joe Greeves
If you're a serious trucker, there's an event that needs to be on your calendar. This is the second year this show has been held at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was a great turnout last year with about 450 vehicles, but this year the 2015 NOPI Nationals and Southeast Showdown combined event was a capacity crowd, filling the track with more than 750 cool rides. About 80 percent were our favorite kind-cool custom trucks! The Myrtle Beach area boasts a high concentration of lifted rides, and we were thrilled that just about all of them arrived for a weekend of fun.
Photo 2/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown T Shirt
In addition to the colorful rides on display, the nonstop entertainment began with vendors selling all the latest for your ride—and there were even go-karts set up in the infield to bring out your inner drifter. In fact, real drifters were also on hand, showcasing their driving skills and competing for cash. A treat for drivers and spectators alike, the Loudest Train Horn and Loudest Muffler competition added to the fun, followed by the Freestyle Burnouts and the Truck Tug-of-War. The noisy and smoky events were a treat for the crowd as well as an opportunity for some truckers to have some real fun behind the wheel. Of course, the most attended event of all was the legendary NOPI Swimsuit Competition, with some of the hottest chicks in the northern hemisphere participating. Judges had their work cut out for them since everyone was a winner. More than 170 trophies were awarded, along with cash prizes to the top vehicles, clubs, and competition winners, wrapping up a great trucking weekend.
Successful events don't happen without considerable planning beforehand. Special credit goes to the combined talents of Jon Fulmer and his Southeast Showdown crew along with the Myers family from the NOPI Nationals. On a sad note, the show scene lost one of its favorites with the unexpected passing of Mark Myers. He was well known, loved, and a mainstay of the NOPI show circuit for decades. Our deepest sympathy goes to the Myers family.
Photo 3/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Myrtle Beach
Photo 4/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Myrtle Beach
Although the lines were long, the wait was short. Here's a hint: Show up early if you want to attend since space was limited and trucks were turned away from this popular event.
Trucks were parked door handle to door handle around the track as well as in the infield.
Photo 8/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown American Flag
Cool trucks and patriotism just seem to naturally go together.
Photo 9/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Eagle One Booth
Lots of vendors realized the value of a cool, heavy-duty truck to draw attention to their business.
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The added benefit of purchasing NOPI Nationals items is that the sales girls are legendary!
Optimus, an '06 Dodge Ram owned by Rich Ellis, was a former feature truck in our sister magazine Truckin. It was easily the biggest vehicle at the show and won the Best Lifted Suspension award.
Photo 16/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown 05 Ford F350
Photo 17/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown 05 Ford F350
Photo 18/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown 05 Ford F350
In case you can't tell, JC Hines from Daleville, Louisiana, is a big Transformers fan, adding dozens of modifications to his blown-apart '05 Ford F-350.
Photo 19/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown American Flag Truck
Photo 20/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown American Flag Truck Suspension
"The American Flag" truck, an '01 Ford F-250 owned by Barry and Nick Schilling and painted by Chad Martin, captured the Best Outrageous Suspension award.
Photo 21/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Geo Tracker
Yeah, we know it doesn't have eight lugs, but Delton Hubbard's blown '94 Geo Tracker was so outrageous, we knew you would want to see it. His radical ride won the Best of Show trophy and $500 cash.
Hundreds of lifted trucks were on hand, making this event one of the most densely populated truck shows we've been to in a long time!
Photo 40/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Truck Polishing
Polishing tall trucks sometimes takes creative techniques.
Photo 41/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown S13 Drift Car
Photo 42/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown 240sx Drift Car
Drift cars, sliding sideways in clouds of smoke, entertained the crowd and competed for cash.
Photo 43/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Go Kart Track
Photo 44/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Go Kart Track
A go-kart track, set up in the infield, was just one of many options throughout the weekend.
Photo 45/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Silverado Power Wheels
Take a kid to a car show and get them started early!
Photo 46/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Chevy S10 Hydraulic Demonstration
As a tribute to the memory of Mark Myers, Rodney Christensen put on a hydraulic demo with his dancing, Cali-style Chevy S-10.
Photo 50/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Rodney Christensen Jaybird
Standing on top of the rolled S-10 are Rodney (left) and NOPI's famous event commentator, Jaybird.
Photo 51/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Loudest Muffler Loudest Train Horn Competition
Photo 52/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Loudest Muffler Loudest Train Horn Competition
With the crowd lined up on the sidelines, the Loudest Muffler and the Loudest Train Horn competitions were noisy, fun events.
Photo 53/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Tug Of War
Photo 57/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Tug Of War Competition
The Tug-of-War pitted big trucks against each other to determine the winner. High horsepower and torque, sticky tires, and cramming in six friends seemed to be the right combination!
Photo 58/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Freestyle Burnout Competition
Photo 65/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Freestyle Burnout Competition Winner
The Freestyle Burnout Competition pumped black exhaust smoke and then white tire smoke into the blue Carolina skies. A 17-year-old girl won the event.
Photo 69/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Swimsuit Competition
Photo 73/76   |   2015 Nopi Nationals And Southeast Showdown Swimsuit Competition
The NOPI Nationals is famous for its legendary swimsuit competition; the ladies never disappoint.

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