We all read Mini Truckin' for different reasons. Some read it to see new trends developing; others to find out the hottest happenings. For those of us in the great white north of Canada, we rely on Mini Truckin' as a lifeline to the real world of custom trucks. Not that custom trucks don't roll on the streets in Canada, but shows and mini-trucks aren't as prevalent as they are in the United States.

This is why Scrapin' the Glacier 4 show by Vertically Challenged was so well received. In August, Vertically Challenged took control of the South Surrey Athletic Park in Surrey British Columbia, Canada. Cars and trucks from all over Canada headed west to enjoy one of the few Canadian mini-truck events left.

Beginning the night before, early arrivals to the show were treated to the Aurora Borealis, a free light show provided by Mother Nature herself. Despite the cool and damp weather, the next day was beautiful with a lot of sunshine to make the vehicles shine and the girls who attended hot. After the final vehicle rolled through the gates, judging began on almost 200 vehicles. A good variety of mini-trucks, compact cars, and lowriders were there to try to earn some of the great trophies provided by Coast Awards.

While judging was in full swing, Alterationz Auto Accessories began its King of the Streetz head-to-head hydraulic competition. The hydraulic event was a real crowd-pleaser. Spectators were treated to seeing extreme live action and flying suspension parts. A DJ and emcee kept the music spinnin' and people dancing all day long. The only break in the music was when skateboard and BMX bike competitions were held, as well as a wet T-shirt contest that nearly got out of hand.

Beyond the traditional trophies, Vertically Challenged awarded specialty trophies to clubs such as Dropscicles from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, that traveled more than 16 hours to show their trucks. Donnie Muzechenko dragged his '88 Toyota out to win the Lowest Truck award, and Jason "Doogie" Lang from The Drop Factory received the most illegal award. His shaved Ford wagon earned him a plaque and an official government ticket with an order to appear for a vehicle inspection. The ticket and notice were fictional, however.

Vertically Challenged put together a terrific event for the fourth year in a row, but does realize that without the help of its sponsors, the event would not have been as successful. The club would like to thank Alterationz Auto Accessories, No Limits Customs, Houle Motorsports, Dr. Bob's Auto Emporium, and Hy Lustre Metal Polishing. Scrapin' the Glacier 5 will be held on August 4, 2001 in Surrey British Columbia near Vancouver. For updated show information, call (604) 538-3541 or visit Vertically Challenged on the Web at www.nolimitscustoms.com.

Editor's Note: Since the Mini Truckin' staff couldn't make it to Vertically Challenged's event this past season, Clint Mochinski from V.C. took things into his own hands and shot and wrote coverage for us. Thanks Clint, from your MT staff. It's good to hear that Canadians are kickin' butt...