The kick-off of the custom truck show season brings bright smiles to the faces of many eager enthusiasts. Once this mad rush for Best of Show and First Place in Class begins, hard-core truck fanatics will stop at nothing to get their rides recognized by show judges and magazine photographers. We strive to bring you hot show coverage in our own backyards as well as from events nationwide and beyond.

Recently, we traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, for the 3rd Annual Blood Drag Custom Truck Show hosted by Xtreme Lowz of Florida. Xtreme Lowz put on an impressive spread at the South Florida Fairgrounds in March, 2001 by hosting one of the most inclusive events of the show season. Everything from rail-and-body-dragging mini-trucks to smoothed and slammed fullsize pickups and sanitary classics made their way to Blood Drag. The collection of rides, which filled the fairgrounds, featured superb craftsmanship and detailing, making the judges' jobs strenuous.

Saturday morning was overcast when enthusiasts flooded the gates to roll in, set up, and start cleaning their rides to face their fierce competition. Concession stands lined the back portion of the fairgrounds, cooking up some of the most flavorful hamburgers and hot dogs to quell midday hunger. Aftermarket companies offering everything from bolt-on components to fast airbag setups and apparel were there displaying their most current custom offerings. Keeping enthusiasts in the show spirit was a mobile DJ spinning a fresh mix of grooves throughout the two days of neck-and-neck competition. Once Saturday's competition began to wind down, enthusiasts began preparing for the nightlife.

Saturday evening, there was a flashback to the '50s while several enthusiasts sparked their rides down Florida's main drag, putting on an undercarriage-induced light show for enthusiastic onlookers.

On Sunday, there was even more show. This was the last day of the Blood Drag, and it was even more critical because the Xtreme Lowz representatives made their decisions on which rides would leave with accolades. This year's lineup of winners was extremely impressive, and Xtreme Lowz did a fine job of judging the quality vehicles in attendance. Another bonus on Sunday was the exciting and entertaining bikini contest, featuring some of the hottest Florida-based babes strolling down the main stage. Once the hundreds of guys in attendance quit drooling over the hotties on display, it was back to checking out sweet trucks and hanging out with friends. After the Xtreme Lowz' judges selected the winners, a trophy presentation was held in the early evening, honoring award-winners for their prized pieces of machinery.

For a show that's still young compared to some, Blood Drag brought in a large sampling of modified vehicles and enthusiastic participants to go along with them. For information on next year's Xtreme Lowz Blood Drag, contact Eddy Cebreco, (561) 754-1357.