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East Coast Truck Jam 2017

High-Altitude Haulers Hang Out in Florence, South Carolina

Joe Greeves
Apr 26, 2017
Photographers: Joe Greeves
If you attend as many car shows as we do throughout the year, you know it’s something special when you discover a truck-only event. Of course, we all love our cars. How else would we grab the groceries or ferry the kids to school? But from an enthusiast standpoint, trucks are clearly our first choice. When show promoters create an event devoted primarily to our big, lifted rigs, it becomes an occasion not to be missed. We covered the East Coast Truck Jam last year and couldn’t wait to return again this year.
With both indoor and outdoor display space, the show not only hosted a great collection of high-altitude haulers, bit it had nonstop entertainment throughout the weekend. Cute kids started the program, seeing how many giant marshmallows they could eat and later how fast they could down whipped cream pies. Adults got in the picture next with the train horn competition and the muffler wrap face-off, a gathering considerably noisier than slurping whipped cream. Taking it to an even higher decibel level was the truck tug- of-war and burnout competition, demonstrating just how badly high-torque diesel engines can punish high-dollar rubber. Burnouts morphed into doughnuts, entertaining the enthusiastic crowd even more. The Best Tattoo competition unveiled some highly personalized epidermal artwork and the SLS Soundoff gave the stereo competitors a chance to rattle some windows. Contests were repeated Saturday and Sunday, keeping the excitement high throughout the weekend. Vendors added to the fun with food for your tank, and manufacturers offered upgrades for your ride. American Luxury Coach showcased its latest factory conversion vehicles, meaning these turnkey trophy winners needed only your check to make dreams come true.
Photo 2/29   |   The East Coast Truck Jam, presented by The Road Show Events and held at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fairgrounds in Florence, South Carolina, catered to our favorite rides.
After the Sunday afternoon hydraulic suspension demonstration, the Best Of winners were honored with custom Plexiglas plaques at the awards ceremony, while the Top 100 received engraved East Coast Truck Jam mugs. The father-and-son team of Barry and Nick Schilling took top honors with their ’01 Ford F-250 sporting an ’05 front clip, Kelderman air suspension, 46-inch-tall military tires by Goodyear, and an airbrushed American flag graphic by Chad Martin. Carolina Exclusive captured the Club Participation plaque.
If you’d like to learn more about this cool, action-packed, truck-oriented event, contact show promoter Rodney Christensen at calistyle843@gmail.com for details. Rodney wants to thank his friends and family for their help in making the East Coast Truck Jam successful.
Photo 3/29   |   East Coast Truck Jam 2017 Involvement
Photo 4/29   |   East Coast Truck Jam 2017 Bounce
Photo 5/29   |   It’s all about getting involved! Show promoter Rodney Christensen put on a hydro demonstration for the spectators and showed off his new Chevy during the truck tug-of-war. Need we mention he may have also gotten a little too close to the whipped cream…
Photo 6/29   |   Food vendors made sure your personal reserves never ran low.
Photo 7/29   |   The SLS Soundoff gave stereo competitors another opportunity to come home with a trophy.
Photo 8/29   |   Show trucks began lining up Saturday morning at the Florence, South Carolina, venue.
Photo 9/29   |   East Coast Truck Jam 2017 Judging
Photo 10/29   |   Drive-through judging got the job done quickly, leaving more time for all the fun activities.

8-Lug Feature Trucks Represent!

Photo 11/29   |   Nick Schilling’s highly customized ’01 F-250 snagged Best of Show and Best Paint.
Photo 12/29   |   From Halifax, North Carolina, Hunter Denny owns this ’08 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Hunter captured the Best Lighting award.
Photo 13/29   |   The ’99 Ford F-250 owned by Brinton Roberts is loaded with stereo equipment and rolls on 24s.
Photo 14/29   |   Several tow vehicles at the show were as trophy-worthy as the vehicles they towed!
Photo 15/29   |   Keion is famous in the Carolinas for his Mustang burnout car. Clearly, his tow vehicle is just as capable!
Photo 16/29   |   Custom Plexiglas plaques went to the Best Of winners, while the Top 100 received unique mugs.

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