Anyone that lives in or knows anything about the South knows that during the summer, it's almost guaranteed to rain every other day. This is a problem that many show promoters don't choose to try and tackle. When a promoter does decide to risk the weather and puts forth the effort to get their show advertised, enthusiasts who call the southern U.S. home stand up and take notice. The 2003 event was only the second year of the show known as Scrapin' the Coast, and with the enthusiasm that was shown by the attendants, 2004 was guaranteed to be even better.

A number of things changed, namely the location of the show. The Biloxi Beachfront Coliseum was the site of the festivities. The Coliseum, located directly across from the beaches and in the center of town, allowed everyone to have access to all Biloxi has to offer. Even the host hotel was only a walk across the parking lot from the show, which let anyone who was feeling a little exhausted from the Mississippi heat head back to their room for an A/C break.

This latest event drew an even larger crowd than the previous, and to give all die-hard mini-truckers something to do, the Scrapin' the Coast crew had a weekend jam-packed with activities and tons of giveaways, including a fully customized S-10. A burnout contest, a stereo competition, a hydraulic/airbag dance-off, and club wars were just a few of the things going on while the sun was out. Later in the evening, after everyone freshened up back at the hotel, the nighttime festivities began. A poker run launched the evening off, starting at the showgrounds and making several stops along the way to finally end up at the Biloxi Dragway. Once at the track, the neon glow-off and frame/body-dragging contest lit up the night, but even with all the commotion this caused, nothing turned up the heat like the bikini contest. There is a perfectly good reason why you don't see any pictures of the bikini contest in the show coverage here; the reason being that using the phrase "bikini contest" would be a little white lie, seeing as most of the "bikinis" were airbrushed on. Sorry folks, but until this magazine starts being sold from behind the convenience store counter in little plastic bags, we're going to hold onto those pics.

The weather cooperated for most of the weekend, and the show was once again a great success. If Scrapin' the Coast sticks to the path it's taking, it will become one of the biggest shows in the nation sooner than anyone will believe. This show was a blast and is a must-attend. We hope to see you all there this year. For more information about Scrapin' the Coast 2005, check out www.scrapinthecoast.com.