NOPI Nationals and Southeast Showdown 2015
Teamwork makes this show a winner!
There are many car and truck shows to choose from, happening every weekend throughout the summer. Personal priorities and economics usually decide which ones make your schedule but often, the excitement that some shows generate often tips the balance. Few events can match the legendary excitement of the NOPI Nationals, known for their nonstop entertainment and jam-packed weekend activities. Add to it the high percentage of cool trucks in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area and you have the makings of a must-attend truck show. Held at the Myrtle Beach Raceway, this is the second year for the event and it drew a capacity crowd. More than 750 vehicles were on display, lining the perimeter of the track and filling the infield. Checking out the rides is always the first order of business but at this event, there was so much more. The go-kart track set up in the infield entertained truckers throughout the weekend and the drift car competition was exciting to watch. Saturday and Sunday events included competitions for the loudest train horns, the loudest mufflers and the many clubs in attendance participating in wacky games like the plunger race, all of which drew applause from the crowd. Rodney Christensen entertained spectators with his Cali-Style dancing S-10, defying a little gravity with his hydraulically-equipped mini. Both drivers and spectators loved the Truck Tug of War and the Freestyle Burnout Competition with many drivers jumping at the chance to showcase the power under their hoods. Of course, if you've ever been to a NOPI Nationals event, you know that the most spectator-friendly event is their famous NOPI Swimsuit Competition, featuring some of the hottest girls on the planet. Lots of camera phones needed bigger memory cards before this event was through!
The Sunday afternoon awards ceremony presented more than 170 trophies to deserving drivers along with cash awards for the Best of Show, contest winners, and Club Participation. Delton Hubbard's outrageous, blown '94 Geo Tracker was so radical that it was a natural choice for Best of Show, with Delton taking home a trophy and $500 in cash. Carolina Workin' earned $250 for the club treasury, thanks to their more than 60 vehicles in attendance. Winners of the Burnout competition and Tug of War also went home with extra cash in their pockets.
Special recognition for this great, fun event goes to Jon Fulmer and his Southeast Showdown crew along with the Myers family with the NOPI Nationals team. We regret to report that shortly before this event, the auto show world lost one of its favorites with the passing of Mark Myers, a mainstay of the NOPI Nationals show scene for decades. Our sympathies go to the Myers family for their loss. We will miss you, Mark.