2015 Slamfest Show - A Quarter Century of Doing it Right
Car and truck shows come and go, but the good ones carry on. One of the best in the Sunshine State is Slamfest, an event that needs very little introduction to most folks in the area. Although the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville, Florida, was a little muddy from a Friday rainstorm, it didn’t stop more than 5,000 enthusiasts and 670 vehicles from attending this year’s event. Arriving from all around the state and the Southeast, drivers were eager to be part of the nonstop action. Saturday was a busy day for judges but an easy one for spectators, meeting friends, and enjoying the great collection of vehicles. Vendors with parts, food trucks with nourishment, and pinstriping artists with talent added another dimension to the show. Stereophiles had plenty to choose from with ISPL, IASCA, DB Drag, and MECA competition opportunities. After-parties Saturday night at the Wing House as well as several local hotels continued the fun until the wee small hours.
On Sunday morning, everyone sleeps in and activities begin around noon. The imaginative club games at Slamfest are legendary, and clubs always participate. It’s as much fun for the crowd as it is for the players with the winning clubs taking home huge Slamfest banners as their prize. The Acrophobia crew has been consistent winners over the years. Ground Level earned the Club Participation award this year, a custom cooler striped by Kevin Meade. Of course, the highly anticipated Bikini competition is always a crowd favorite. More than two-dozen lovely ladies worked hard to earn the Miss Slamfest title and some of the $1,000 prize money. The award ceremony wrapped up the festivities, presenting drivers with handcrafted mementos of the event. Like all Slamfest events, the club always reinforces their strong connection with the community by donating a portion of the proceeds from the show, this year going to the JROTC in Gainesville and the Second Chance Animal Rescue and Re Homing fund. If you’d like to enjoy this long-running Florida favorite, check out the details at www.minimadness.com.