You have to give props to any truck club that sacks up and decides to throw its own show. After all, that simple decision is what keeps our entire truck scene alive and kicking from coast to coast. The only problem is that the decision is usually anything but simple, especially when securing an area that will allow draggin' is one of the top priorities.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, chapter of Aftermath knew what it wanted to see at other truck shows and set out to emulate that in its own. The crew members first needed a venue that would not only allow them to park all the rides, but would allow them to legally spark their rides. The answer came in the way of Coconut Creek Indian Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida. The great thing about American Indian land is that local police have no control over what happens on it, and thanks to a rarely used frontage road, it became the perfect place to rail up and down.
The show's roll-in began on Saturday, under a mixed sky of dark patches and brilliant sunlight Florida is infamous for. More than 150 show vehicles made their way through the front gates and lined up along the grassy parking lot, which had been professionally painted by Florida's own Eddy Cebreco. Just above the parking lot sat a giant air-conditioned tent filled with featured vehicles, as well as a giant stage for the awards ceremony.
More than 5,000 spectators walked the rows of trucks throughout Saturday and Sunday. When the Florida sun became too much, they took some time either perusing the feature trucks housed within the air-conditioned tent or sitting in front of slot machines inside the casino. As soon as the sun began to dip down below the horizon, trucks rolled out to take advantage of the American Indian hospitality and light up the entire front of the casino with sparks.
Thanks to Mad Modz, The Shop, Speed & Truck World, and Coconut Creek Indian Casino, Aftermath was able to pull off a great first-year show. For more information on how to join in on all the fun this year, contact: www.itdontstop.com.
Partying On American Indian Soil
Our American Indian friends have the fortune of deciding exactly what happens on their land, and thankfully, they gave two thumbs up to dragging up and down on one of their roads. The crowds that gathered were able to see rarities such as Eddy's from Xtreme Lowz body-dropped Toyota not only drive, but drag, like a champ.
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