Slamfest in Tampa has become a solid tradition for hundreds of truckers from around the Southeast. Last year's figures showed us that more than 1,000 vehicles rolled to Tampa for this awesome show. This year, the total number of attendees totaled more than 1,500, and it's easy to see why those numbers are steadily rising.


First, early November in Tampa seems to be a magical time with nonstop sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. The beautiful Florida State Fairgrounds have plenty of room with access roads within the park. Wander around, check out the other rides, or just cool it with your friends who also made Slamfest a must-go event. There's a cool, air-conditioned indoor site that houses a bunch of hot rides at the show. This year, the indoor area was filled with exciting rides and many more spectators. Judging was fairly quick if you wanted to compete, but a lot of folks just came to hang out. Even the dent on the wallet was minimal if you timed it right by pre-registering for the show. On the Friday before the show, the number went to $30, and for those who absolutely could not plan ahead, it cost $40 on the day of the event. Cool trucks, sunny weather, great facilities, and low prices were just the beginning.


In addition to the huge collection of custom vehicles, there was a sound quality competition, dB drag racing, a winter bikini contest, a smoky burnout competition, and plenty of wild club games that were as much fun to participate in as they were to watch. Slamfest has always been known for its prizes and big cash giveaways. The two sets of custom wheels and tires had several people smiling from ear to ear after hearing their names called. The ladies in the bikini contest were also all smiles when they took home their folding green prizes for First through Third Places. Class winners in the custom car contest took home tall trophies while Best Of award winners such as Best Paint, Best Interior, and others earned $100 for their win plus a trophy. The winners of Best of Show, Car, Truck, and Low Rider, stuffed their pockets with an extra $500. The happiest guy in the show had to be Donny Desinise. By the look on his face, he was also the most surprised guy in the park when he accepted the check for his custom '93 Toyota, which was the winner of the Best Vehicle in Show. Donny had an extra grand to spend when he got back home to Georgia. We think the odds are good that Donnie will never miss Slamfest in the future.


Mini Madness has its own traditions, part of which is a strong connection to the community. Slamfest has always been a source of revenue that club members have used to support local charities. This year, a portion of the proceeds from the show went to help a local boy named Michael. Michael is nine years old and has cystic fibrosis. He needed money to prepare him for a living transplant operation to be performed at St. Louis University. The club provided several thousand dollars to support Michael's single mother while she was in St. Louis and to help her meet their rising medical expenses.


If you'd like to be part of a worthy cause and have almost more fun than you can stand, put Tampa's fabulous Slamfest on your 2001 calendar November 3-4, 2001, and establish a wild tradition of your own. As we have for the past seven years, we'll have our cameras loaded and ready for you and your vehicle. Shine 'em up and roll 'em out. If you missed any of the action, check the club's Web site at www.minimadness.com.