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26th Annual 2017 Slamfest

26th Annual Slamfest

Joe Greeves
Oct 23, 2017
Photographers: Joe Greeves
A Florida favorite for more than a quarter of a century, Slamfest always attracts a large group of enthusiasts, thanks to its great collection of vehicles and weekend of nonstop fun. For the last few years, the show took place in an alternate location, but this year, it returned to its old stomping grounds: the Florida Fairgrounds at Tampa. The perfect venue for a car and truck show, the site has acres of outdoor display space along with air-conditioned indoor spaces, which was pressed into service twice on Saturday during brief, 10-minute rain showers. The sun came out for the rest of the weekend, and the activities never stopped.
The Corn Hole Tournament and Car and Truck Limbo contests on Saturday were fun for participants and spectators alike. On Sunday, Reds Miami treated the crowd to a hydraulic demonstration, with cars and trucks bouncing high in the air. Sunday afternoon’s most anticipated event is the traditional Bikini Contest. The gathering featured a dozen of the area’s most beautiful girls competing for a share of the $1,000 prize. The afternoon awards ceremony sent more than 90 drivers home with trophies, permanent reminders of this year’s fun. The MiniMadness show staff always gives back to the community and, this year, dozens of items were auctioned off prior to the Bikini Contest, with the proceeds going to local charities. The club matches whatever funds are raised. If you’d like to learn more about next year’s event, get the details at minimadness.com.
Photo 2/50   |   Slamfest 17 Lug
Photo 3/50   |   This is just a small segment of the more than 90 custom-made awards given at the Sunday afternoon ceremony. Best Of winners also took home significant cash prizes.
Photo 4/50   |   The crowd always lines up for the traditional Sunday Bikini Contest.
Photo 5/50   |   Mikey the Pin Striper was personalizing rides throughout the event.
Photo 6/50   |   How about a remote-controlled, four-wheel, music machine?
Photo 7/50   |   Lots of vendors were on hand, selling the latest products like Title Sponsor, Sparkles Detail.
Photo 8/50   |   Stereophiles had lots of opportunities to rattle windows during the weekend stereo competition.
Photo 9/50   |   Slamfest 17 Lug Speakers Van
Photo 10/50   |   The Next Level girls were making friends and signing posters throughout the weekend.
Photo 11/50   |   Hoppers from Reds Miami entertained the crowd with a hydraulic demo on Sunday.
Photo 12/50   |   Slamfest 17 Lug Hoppers
Photo 13/50   |   Bill McShane showed up with easily the biggest truck at the event.
Photo 14/50   |   Big Red, the six-door Ford from Reds Hydraulics in Miami, not only hauled the hoppers but also provided shade for the spectators!
Photo 15/50   |   Slamfest 17 Lug Big Red
Photo 16/50   |   MiniMadness Club President Mike Murray holds up one of the many items auctioned at the event. Proceeds went to local charities.
Photo 17/50   |   A dozen beautiful ladies entered the traditional Slamfest Bikini Contest looking for a share of the $1,000 prize.
Photo 18/50   |   Slamfest 17 Lug Bikini Contest
Photo 19/50   |   Anthony’s other lifted truck, this beautiful Ram, took a class win.