During the month of May 2002, on the same weekend that enthusiasts in the eastern United States were gathering in Greenville, Mississippi, for the Assorted Miniatures' show, a huge event was ready to begin in Southern California. The 10th Annual California Spring Truck Jamboree -- sponsored by Al Martinez Paint & Body and hosted by Intershows Motorsports Promotions -- opened early on that Sunday to allow all of the would-be show entrants access to the show grounds to set up their displays for the thousands of show-goers that would come pouring through the gates of Hidden Valley Park in Irvine at 10 a.m.

While the weather for Southern California's largest show venue was colder than a typical mid-May morning, the darkest clouds stayed away from the shiniest show rides to be found anywhere on the left side of the nation. This year, there were more never-before-seen custom trucks of incredible quality at Cal Jam than anyone could remember. Even after making your way through the Sound-Off area at the event's entrance where the dB drags were to be held, you couldn't move five feet without your vision opening up to even more radical custom rigs. Just when you'd wound your way through the maze-like entryway, you passed a pair of swinging gates that opened up into a huge manufacturers' midway lined with amazing customs for your perusal. And if that wasn't enough, just past the midway was a huge grassy field packed to the gills with rows upon rows of incredibly high-quality show trucks, some well known and some never seen before at any show.

True to California Truck Jamboree's history, the Intershows' group kept things going on all day for entrants and show-goers. Live music could be heard roaring across every yard of the expansive show complex, with contests and games held frequently when the bands needed to take breaks. Our super-hot cover model from the May '02 issue of Mini Truckin', Mishel Thorpe, was on hand throughout the day to sign official Cal Jam posters and give men throughout the show grounds a reason to want to stay at the show just a little longer than they'd planned. And just when it seemed that those men wouldn't be able to contain themselves any longer, Cal Jam hosted its most recent Miss California Truck Jamboree bikini contest.

By the time the Intershows' staff was ready to hand out awards in the many classes they'd set aside, the weather that seemed somewhat sour earlier in the day turned into a picture-perfect Southern California spring day. After a few years of shows that were impressive but not necessarily to die for, this most anticipated event of West Coast shows has risen to the point where it can hang with any event held anywhere in the United States. Don't believe me? Then get yourself to the next Cal Jam event and see (after you've picked up your lower jaw) for yourself.

While Cal Jam hosted more newly finished rides than we've seen in one place in a long time, you couldn't help but notice a huge number of super high-quality, under-construction vehicles in attendance as well. Amazingly crafted, one-off, satin-hued masterpieces still undergoing custom treatments were brought to the show and displayed from such shops as Grant Fabrication of Northern California, Musso Motorsports of Las Vegas, Suspension Dimension of San Bernardino, California, and others.

If you somehow missed the Spring Jamboree, then you missed out on one hell of a killer event. To satiate your need to see the baddest vehicles known in SoCal or the western United States, Intershows holds its summertime version of Cal Jam every year, too. The second coming of this mega-happening custom truck event is the 16th Annual California Truck Jamboree, which will be held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, on August 11,2002. For more information, contact: www.intershowsmotorsports.com, (949) 598-5124.