At the beginning of the 2003 truck show season, Forbidden Fantasy, a mini-truck club based in Moreno Valley, California, with a second chapter in San Diego, California, held its 6th Annual Show & Shine at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Lake Perris, California. Because so many shows and weekend-long events have gone the way of the do-do, there's much ado about shows that promise huge turnouts. For weeks before the event, people were buzzing about the expected numbers. This MT staff has been traveling to shows for the better part of the past 10 years, so we just held back with our opinions about the show's outcome until we actually arrived.

Roll-in for the show started on Saturday, but the judging had yet to begin. With the huge number of vendors, shops, and other companies on hand showing off their wares, this extra day was needed just to prepare. In fact, by the time most of the companies and vendors were done setting up their displays, the day was ending. The following day would prove to be a make it or break it one for Forbidden's 2003 show effort.

By the time we arrived on Sunday afternoon, it looked as if someone was giving away free mini-trucks to the first thousand or so mini-truckers who showed up. The place was packed to overflowing. We've been to many shows held at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds and seen the lower area filled and even the traditional vendor area partially filled, but this year, that was only about one-third of the total volume of customs that came out in support of Forbidden Fantasy. Row after row of killer-looking customs was on hand, with every make and model imaginable represented. Grant Kustoms came out with a couple of incredible machines that you had to see to believe.

One was an awesome VW Beetle convertible that deserved props, while the other began life as an old Suburban but had been transformed into an awesome crew cab, thanks to Bob's miraculous steel-working abilities. Suspension Dimension, the shop that built our Project Desert Runner, brought out the infamous Nissan we jointly created and even found time to bring out a desert car worth around $80,000 from the talented fabricators at Extreme Performance. Other vendors in attendance included shops such as Modern Image, Master Image Customs, Suspension Dimension, Extreme Performance, Temecula Rods & Customs, Hopp-O's Hydraulics, Bio Kustumz, Bulletproof Suspension, CTL Motorsports, and still many others. In all, there were around 600 vehicles showing off their custom work, and walking around all day were the more than 9,000 spectators who came to check it all out.

Forbidden would like to thank everyone who attended the event this year for acting like the adults they are. There were no major problems this year, which means that Forbidden will do it all again in 2004. Don't miss the next one -- it's likely to blow the lid off any show you've ever been to! For more information on this or the next FF show, go to www.forbiddenfantasy.net and look up shows.