East Coast Truck Jam 2016
Finally, a Car Show for Trucks!
There’s no denying the enduring popularity of trucks. Enthusiasts were enamored with T-buckets and open-wheel hot rods in the ’30s and ’40s. Lead sled customs were the rage from the ’50s to the ’70s, and imports had a surge during the ’80s and ’90s. Throughout it all, cool custom trucks have been equal partners with each passing trend. It’s probably because of their dual nature, as functional trucks can earn a living during the week and— with a quick bath—pick up a trophy or a time slip on the weekend. Lifted trucks have become the next progression of the truckin’ fascination with their go-anywhere suspension and high-performance engines, boasting stump-pulling torque and surprisingly good mileage. About the only thing missing is a show scene that caters to our favorite rigs. Now we have it.
Back in mid-2015, show promoters Jon Fulmer and Rodney Christensen recognized the need to provide something special for the lifted truck community. Both have been active on the show scene for more than two decades, and they always bring something new to their events. The East Coast Truck Jam in the Florence, South Carolina, agricultural center was tailored around lifted trucks, which definitely turned out in force. With both indoor and outdoor display space, it was the perfect venue for the several hundred trucks that showed up for the weekend. Drive-through judging was quick and efficient, followed by loads of activities like the club tug-of-war, foot races, tattoo competition, train horn and muffler wrap competition, burnout competition, truck tug-of-war, hydraulic demo, and a late-night neon glow-off, along with a hot-dogs-and-drinks after-party for everyone who stayed when the sun went down. Special thanks to Logan Fulmer and Harry Johnson for their help with this new event, along with radio sponsors Rock 94.7 and 99.3, The Cat. If you’d like to learn more about next year’s show, visit eastcoasttruckjam.com.
Show promoter Jon Fulmer waves to the photographer as the trucks line up for a weekend of fun.
The Florence, South Carolina, agricultural center was a great venue with plenty of display space—both indoors and out.
Food vendors made sure your tank was never running on empty.
That’s show promoter Rodney Christensen and his daughters handling the T-shirt booth.
Swap meet vendors had a good selection of upgrades for your vehicle
If you were between trucks at the moment, there were some options at the show.
The event had indoor as well as outdoor space, showcasing the cool collection of custom rides.
Marci Williams from Team Stance displayed her ’06 GMC Sierra, nicknamed Big Reba.
One of the bigger rigs on display was “Worm” Richardson’s tall Silverado.
“What do you mean I’m not big enough to drive?”
Joshua McDuffy’s slammed ’98 Chevy 3500 dualie rolls on 22s.
Basil Owens displayed his high-altitude ’02 Chevy Tahoe. He’s from Xplizit Truck Club.
Sinister in jet black, Daniel Owens’ ’13 Chevy was rolling on big wheels.
From Lancaster, South Carolina, Steve Koss is serious about off-roading. His ’98 Dodge Ram 1500 is fully equipped.
Active in the sport, this off-road ’01 F-250 is also owned by Steve Koss.
This ’04 Chevy is the third off-road vehicle owned by Steve Koss.
The ’99 Ford F-250 of Brinton Roberts won Best in Show and Best Lighting.
From Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Mike Skinner displayed his beautifully detailed F-250 Super Duty. Check out that exhaust tip!
Nathan Thomas from High Cotton Customs displayed his stereo-equipped ’01 Chevy.
Sporting a blue powdercoated undercarriage, this ’10 GMC Sierra is owned by Jason Perdue.
Drive-through judging was quick and efficient. Show promoter Jon Fulmer (R) examined Oren McCoy’s sharp ’03 F-250.
This custom-painted, slammed dualie from Twizted Intentions had room for the whole family.
Landrum Gentry put on an amazing display in the burnout competition with his ’08 GMC.
Brinton Roberts entered his Best of Show–winning Ford in the tug-of-war to entertain the crowd.
Where are the girls heading?
To see the 50-man tug-of-war, of course!
Show promoter Jon Fulmer (L) had fun judging the tattoo contest. Lots of exotic art was on display.
Show promoter Rodney Christensen entertained the crowd with a hydro demonstration, dancing his high-flying S-10.
Beautiful, laser-cut, steel trophies were awarded to the class winners. The Club Participation trophy went to Southern Dreams.