Just before the dawn of the year 2002, hundreds of custom truck maniacs assembled in Devore, California, at the Glen Helen Regional Park to ring in the New Year at the granddaddy of events, Resolutions 2002, which was sponsored by the Line-X Corporation.

This was the 26th time that Sunset Truckers hosted the get-together, which has become the show for the hardcore enthusiast for more than two decades now. For the past two years, even making assured statements as to where the show will be held has been a touch-and-go situation, at best. Resolutions had reportedly been killed off as an event more than once.

Claiming a death worked for the Beatles, and it worked to bring custom enthusiasts out of retirement for the newest Resolutions as well. Having any event right in the middle of winter is an invitation to have a hoard of interesting times due to the weather that's anyone's guess every year.

No matter where you are, it's been long understood that if you miss Resolutions, then your friends have every right to treat you as if you were a balding stepchild until the next Reso' comes around. Even then, you may become the target of anyone's jokes at any time. Since the turnout for Resolutions was great, even with the onslaught of rain that covered the show Friday night and most of the day on Saturday, we figure that many decided not to lose their hardcore status after all. Enthusiasts came from the Midwest and from as far north as Washington and British Columbia, Canada, to show off at Resolutions this year.

Even with a constant drizzle, which kept things damp throughout the day on Saturday, some of the area's hottest customs came out to keep their status alive and kicking this year. Plenty of mini-trucks, fullsize trucks, a smattering of PT Cruisers, and a bunch of cool, retro custom cars and trucks sat on the paved showfield to display all their accomplishments. Obviously, no one told them that it wasn't typical to show under a sky full or clouds, since no one even seemed to mind, except us magazine types who were unable to shoot all of the sunny Southern California photos that we would have liked to.

By the time the show staff closed judging, the sun had only just begun to peek out of the clouds. With about an hour of sunlight left, people headed out to find their own fun either at the show's DJ stand or out on the town somewhere in the Inland Empire. Sunday didn't bring much more rain, but the weather stayed cloudy and cold for the awards presentation at the legendary event.

Sponsors for Resolutions 2002 included the following companies that also had booths set up in a specially arranged vendor area: Line-X Corporation; Colorado Custom; Drop Down Customs; Sportruck Specialties; Musso Motorsports; Fleet Graphics; KRZ Customs; Mike's Tint Shop; and Autoi.com.

For more information, contact: Motorsport Promotions, Dept MT, 4177 Margarita St., Chino, CA 91710, (909) 590-0785, www.sunsetwhittier.com, www.sunsetchino.com.