Event Coverage: Assorted Miniatures Presents: Showfest 2010
Custom Mini Trucks Get Low in Mississippi
Showfest is back! Anyone who attends car and truck shows will tell you Showfest is definitely not one to miss. The show began in back 1996 and went strong for 10 years until it went dormant in 2007 and it stayed that way for a couple of years. For 2010, Assorted Miniatures brought it back to the great town of Tunica, Mississippi. You couldn't ask for a better location than the Sam's Town Hotel and Casino for this two-day, eye-poppin' custom truckfest.
With just at about 600 vehicles in attendance, it was a great turnout for a comeback show. Vehicles and spectators filled the casino's parking lot, creating a sea of rolling art and quality vehicles, making one hell of a parking lot. Showfest is known for attracting quality rides, and this year's event was no different. People came all the way from California to Maryland to be here. Also in attendance were dozens of vendors including Status, Little Shop of Horrors, KIK, Crime Pays Video, and Drop Em Wear? Clothing, who were excited to show off their latest creations and apparel.
One of the most attention-grabbing vehicles at the show was Kyle "Frankie" Osborn's 1994 Toyota Pickup. It took Frankie six years to build this work of art, but it was well worth it, resulting in detail that's done just right. From his previous experience in building show vehicles, Frankie knew he wanted to go a completely different and original way with this one.
The truck is equipped with a full air ride suspension. Up front, custom notched control arms and mounts make room for the steering, drop spindles, and reverse trailing bars with the shocks mounted on the bars. A four-link suspension setup is in the back with Firestone airbags all the way around, MIC manual valves, and two VIAIR 450 compressors. And Frankie boxed up the frame to use as his air tank.
The paint job is a PPG Toyota Galactica gold and black with color-shifting pearl sprayed over the amazing airbrushed biomechanical style and skulls, done by Jonie Nichals. Frankie carried over the theme of the outside into the mind-blowing interior. Using tubing he cut himself and old tractor seats, he molded the skulls and the scene onto the back wall and door panels, finishing it off with an Ameraguard spray-on bedliner. To make sure he could get from point A to point B, he put a 350 small-block into the mini.
The evening's entertainment couldn't have been any better, with the showgrounds located in the parking lot of the casino, and since the casino was the host hotel, almost the entire hotel was booked by showgoers. Along with the abundance of quality vehicles on view, showgoers enjoyed a wide range of activities, including gambling, good eats, and live music at the hotel bar.
Showfest 2010 was definitely one I will not forget. I'm already making plans to attend next year's event. For event info, please visit www.showfest.com.