Between the weeks of storms that many were calling "The Beast from the East," which devastated airports and almost all routes of travel back in February, the 5th annual Blood Drag was held at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. The two-day event, put on by the members of Xtreme Lowz and the crew at Art of Noise, draws crowds from as far as New York and California and helps give back to the community in the form of donated blood.

Luckily, in the midst of one of the biggest storms the East Coast will see this year, the weather held up nicely. A little wind whipped around the show on Saturday, but the final day held nothing short of perfect skies and warm weather for the completion of the event.

More than 920 trucks and cars registered throughout both days of the show, and 8,000 spectators walked the lines of parked vehicles, checking out everything from crazy under-construction trucks to completed minis. Each day was filled with bikini contests and impromptu dragging as trucks made their way to the drive-through judging or to the SPL sound-off competition.

Unfortunately, the official drag competition, which had been set up and previously approved by the Fairground's management, was cancelled at the last minute, leaving the promoters and attendees with some unfinished business. Once the gates closed for the evening, an unofficial drag competition was held throughout hotel parking lots back in town.Rumor has it that by the end of the night there were a couple ripped up parking lots, cops with tear gas, and some naked guy hog-tied next to a squad car.

To participate in next year's event or for more information on the annual Blood Drag event, call Eddie Cebreco at (561) 754-1357 or send him an e-mail at blooddrag@yahoo.com.