The Z-Hills Extreme Power Blitz was held for the third time in Zephyrhills, Florida. This year's event attracted an even greater number of show vehicles, awarded more trophies to deserving enthusiasts, hosted more vendors, and had greater public attendance than last year. What's the reason for the show's success? The Sierra family at Festival Park in Zephyrhills has been putting on great street rod-oriented shows for the past 15 years, and although the import-style Blitz show is a new direction for them, the Sierras are no strangers to the car-show scene. They know what it takes to do things right: Keep it simple. Packing the Power Blitz weekend with enough excitement to keep everyone entertained, the staff made sitting around doing nothing an option rather than the only thing to do. The deal was sweetened with plenty of prize money and trophies, creating a winning combination for an incredible show.

Activities at the event were nonstop, and began with the $200-prize booty shake contest. Another $200 offering followed for the men in the buff body contest, but the fun was just beginning. The Z-Hills burnout contest is always exciting, and almost everyone wanted to have a go at blowing the tires off their truck. Luckily, the $350 goes a long way toward a set of new tires. Saturday afternoon's wet T-shirt contest had another $200 prize up for grabs, followed by the MECA neon contest held at dusk. MECA also ran stereo competitions throughout the weekend, giving the audiophiles in the crowd a chance to sound off and be measured. Multiple radio stations at the event pumped out their own signal, broadcasting live from the show site and spreading news of the event over the airwaves.

Sunday's big event was the bikini contest, and everyone's attention was attracted to the dozen of Florida's hottest ladies taking the stage. Each of the five finalists were worthy, but Charity Hodges, last year's winner and an obvious favorite, once again captured the crowd, crown, and her share of the $750 prize. Charity then presided over the Z-Hills big money giveaway, which had the crowd holding its breath in anticipation. Lots of shows promise a grand time, but Z-Hills actually provided a true grand. Charity drew Tamara Black's name as the winner of the Z-Hills big cash prize. We know Tamara had more fun than anyone else at the show since she was going home $1,000 richer. (When was the last time you had this much fun at a truck show, huh?) She'll definitely have this show on her must-go-to list for next year.

At the Sunday afternoon trophy ceremony, more than 140 drivers came to the stage to receive their awards, with the applause of the enthusiastic crowd. Whether or not you won a trophy, Z-Hills Power Blitz made sure that everyone went home with a memento. Free photo plaques were given to all 483 participants, compliments of event sponsor Makes and Models magazine. For more information, contact: Zephyrhills Festivals Inc., Dept. MT, P.O. Box 996, Odessa, FL 33556, www.z-hills.com.