Excuse the pun, but there were some pretty “hot” trucks flying down the Moroso Motorsports dragstrip in West Palm Beach, Florida. Moroso showed that combining jet trucks, sport trucks, and Harley Davidson motorcycles was a great idea. However, nature in all its fury limited the attendance with a slight sprinkle of rain. Funny how it poured in the surrounding areas, but not on the track.

Nevertheless, several thousand people attended and got a great show. The show included the Super Shockwave jet truck, which is a ’57 Chevy with twin rockets strapped to the rear and driven by Les Shockley. The 20-foot flames emanating from the truck at the starting line were enough to dry the shirts on the front row of spectators. Rocketing to a 175-mph blast, Shockwave was followed by Tropical Heat, an S-10–bodied jet truck driven by Mario Carranca, who ran a 248-mph pass that almost lifted the truck off the ground! Other jet vehicles included Jim Medley’s Jet Stream and the Cannonball Express jet truck.

Jet trucks weren’t the only vehicles accelerating down the quarter-mile track. Many trucks participated in Moroso’s bracket race. When the competition ended, Jeff Manley from Lake Worth, Florida, took the top honors in the pickup category, and Larry Doty of Margate, Florida, won the SUV bracket.

The show ’n’ shine portion of the track didn’t have much shine due to the water-soaked clouds. However, there were plenty of vehicles to look at, including Pat and Dennis Wagner’s ’57 Sedan Delivery that took Best of Show on Saturday. Todd Moyer took home the Editor’s Choice with his 2000 Chevy Xtreme. Gary Barnes of Daytona Beach took Best of Show on Sunday with his ’94 Chevy Extended Cab pickup. Best of Show in the Harley Davidson division went to Paul Cisterna of West Palm Beach, Florida.

One of the major show sponsors, Truck & Trailer USA, had a display showing the many truck accessories it offers. Also attending the show were our friends from the Trucks television show on TNN. They took lots of video featuring the jet trucks and the show ’n’ shine trucks on display, and they also conducted interviews with the drivers.

One of the nicest trucks we saw at the event was Jason Brown’s twin-turbo Ford Lightning. Jason had some “7.88 at 179 mph” timeslips to show us, but couldn’t run due to a leaking fuel pump. We managed to click some photos of the truck for a later issue.

The Moroso Motorsports park is one of the nicest places to have a show, with trees lining the track, plenty of grass areas, and spaces for vendors and displays. We hope to return next year for a larger gathering. If you want more information on the show, contact Moroso Motorsports Park at 561/622-1400.