Around noon, participants and spectators gathered on the access road behind the Exposition Center for the famous burnout competition. Texas Heat Wave hosts one of the wildest burnout competitions held during the custom-truck show season. Burnout fans gathered around as competitors proceeded to roast their tires for cash. Once the smoke cleared, the crowds went back to dust down their rides for the judges' watchful eyes. Enthusiasts spent the rest of the day in a constant cleaning frenzy while doing their best to stay out of the blistering sun. Before we knew it, the second day of Texas Heat Wave was over and most of the vehicles on the showgrounds left the event to head to hotels, showers, and the local nightlife, and to get some well-deserved rest.

The final day of Heat Wave began with more fun, including the incredibly warm weather. Part of the crowd pulled their clothing off, resorting to beach attire, while the rest just sweated it out. Having the awards ceremony indoors with air conditioning was a welcome treat. With so many vehicles competing for awards, you can imagine how difficult the judges' decisions were and how long the awards ceremony was. After the winners were announced, all the trophies were handed out, and enthusiasts began to make their way to their trucks and out onto the road for the drive home. This Heat Wave was one of the largest and hottest ever. For more information on Heat Wave, contact: Texas Heat Wave, P.O. Box 2177, Pflugerville, TX 78691, (512) 252-0283,

"Best Of" Awards
Best of Show - Rickey Sanchez
Best Mini-Truck - Robert Henkel
Best Paint - Ben Terry
Best Interior - Cory Rogers
Best Graphics - Gary Bigs
Best Candy - Alfred Rangel
Best Engineered - Jeremy Carlson
Best Mural - Chad Aberle
Best Chrome - Woody Wilson
Best Display - Spiderman (Robert Summers)
Most Club Entries - Vertically Challenged (68)
Long Distance - Vincent Carrabba (Staten Island)
Best Pearl - Daniel Martin