Well known throughout Florida, Slamfest is one of the oldest and longest-running club-sponsored events in the Sunshine State. A favorite with truckers for almost a quarter of a century, the event was created by the members of Mini Madness back in 1991. It has continued to grow and is now located at the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville. The central location makes it easy to find, and the fairgrounds is a spacious, informal venue that lends itself nicely to a fun weekend throw-down. More than 670 vehicles lined up for display, with drivers and spectators enjoying the balmy, mid-70s October weather. Vendors, food trucks, a stereo competition, and pinstripers gave the 5,000-plus spectators plenty to do on Saturday while the pink-shirted judges were hard at work with their clipboards. Multiple after-parties Saturday night made for an action-packed day.
Although the colorful collection of vehicles might have been the biggest attraction, everyone looks forward to a Slamfest tradition on Sunday morning. Club games are guaranteed to be great fun, and the members of the various car and truck clubs work hard to take home one of the large Slamfest banners given as prizes. Every game had a twist, and each one was funnier than the last. The games were a lead in to Slamfest’s favorite spectator event: the bikini competition. More than two dozen Florida cuties on the stage looked for a share of the $1,000 cash prize.
The awards ceremony wrapped up the weekend festivities with drivers heading home with highly unique Best Of trophies created by DC Customs and Top 40 awards made by Welch’s Chop Shop. Congratulations to DJ Halligan, who captured the Best 4x4 trophy with his lifted ’11 Ford F-250, packed with stereo equipment and sporting unique Hawaiian graphics. Like all previous events in Slamfest history, a portion of the proceeds from the show was shared with local charities; this year it was dispersed to the Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming animal organization, as well as the JROTC in Gainesville. Connecting with community has always been part of this event. If you’d like to learn more about Florida’s longest-running automotive get-together, check out minimadness.com.
| The Alachua County Fairgrounds offered plenty of display space for cars, trucks, vendors, and contests, along with room for more than 5,000 spectators.
| More than 670 vehicles attended this year’s show, with the crew from High Altitude Truck Club making a strong showing.
| Vendors were on hand with food and beverages, parts, accessories, and photo opportunities.
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| The Smoothie King drink trailer kept everyone hydrated with healthy fruit concoctions, vital in the warm Florida sun.
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| Artists like Pinstripin’ Mikey were busy throughout the weekend decorating trophies or adding subtle upgrades to trucks.
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| DJ Halligan’s lifted ’11 Ford F-250, wrapped with distinctive Hawaiian-influenced graphics, had an elaborate audiovisual system and captured the Best 4x4 trophy.
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| There were lots of subtle upgrades on Billy Bubbis’ ’12 Ram 2500.
| Stepladders are part of the cleaning process when your rig is as tall as Alan Cotton’s ’02 Ford F-250.
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| Jason Griffin from High Altitude has been featured in 8-Lug before. This is his latest: a ’13 Ford F-250.
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| Scotty B. from High Altitude has no trouble cruising at night, thanks to the seven high-intensity PIAA lights up front.
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| “Beast Mode,” a flag-waving Ford F-250 Lariat Super Duty from High Altitude, had subtle blue accents added to the black paint.
| Properly named, this Outrageous ’00 Ford F-650 stretch limo was the perfect party machine and was a Slamfest Sic 6 winner.
| John Nesseralla’s ’86 Chevy dualie was equipped with a pole that probably saw some action at the late-night after parties.
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| From Precision Cut Truck Club, Cody Williams equipped his ’13 Chevy Silverado with wide-lipped Moto Metal wheels and Nitto Trail Grappler rubber.
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| Long, low, sleek, and shiny, Keith Rock’s ’97 Chevrolet C3500 had been neglected by a previous owner but brought back to life by Keith.
| Big trucks help show promoters solve parking problems!
| This hardworking Silverado has been riding the range for a while and has the hood ornament to prove it.
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| We bet it’s been a while since you’ve seen an extended-cab dualie with a Testarossa kit. This one is from Tricked Out Customz.
| Lots of good-looking trucks at the event had no data cards but were too pretty to ignore.
| Cool transportation wasn’t limited to lifted trucks!
| Freaks of Nature made the most donations to Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming, a nonprofit animal adoption agency. That’s Mini Madness President Mike Murray in the pink shirt.
| The highly animated lip-synch/dance competition and wild club games were part of this year’s Sunday morning entertainment.
| Handcrafted Best Of trophies and unique Top 40 trophies meant lots of folks were going home with permanent reminders of this year’s fun.