During the New Year's weekend of Dec 31-Jan 2, Sunset Minis hosted the 29th Annual Resolutions three-day truck run. Sunset Minis moved the show for the first time in three years to a small town that sits smack in the middle of the desert on the border of California and Arizona. The 2004 show was held at the Colorado River Fairgrounds, just a short distance off I-10 and the CA-95 highway. The Sunset crew worked extra hard to make sure the campground in Blythe, California, was adequate for the thousands of mini-truckers who would be rolling in RVs, trucks, and trailers as early as Friday morning.
With everyone settled into the campgrounds and set up for the weekend, it was time to get the party started. As the sun went down, the fires began to rage, as did the parties at all the campsites. Resolutions is always held during the last weekend of the year, but the first night of the 2004 event wound up being New Year's Eve. This allowed all the different clubs and individuals who came out to the show for the weekend to ring in the New Year together, mini-trucker style.
As in previous years, Resolutions had a second area of the fairgrounds reserved specifically for show vehicles. On Saturday morning, more than 150 show vehicles made their way to the showgrounds, where all the cleaning and judging took place. The show area was a large grass field right in the middle of the racetrack. Just as quickly as the Sunset staff rolled all the vehicles into the show field, the spectators arrived and the cameras came out.
If you've attended Reso' in previous years, you're aware that sometime Mother Nature bestows some extreme weather on the showgoers. However, this time that wasn't the case. There wasn't a cloud in the sky on Saturday, nor a single drop of rain the entire weekend. Some of the vendors that came out included Devious Customs, FBI, Iaccino Fabrication, Infinite Designs, KRZ Customs, Ludikrs Kustomz, Mac's Springs, Mike's Tint Shop, and Sir Michaels.
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As the show wound down late Saturday afternoon, everyone headed back to the camps to tell stories around the warm fire or cruise around the grounds in search of their next beverage. Clubs from all across the West Coast came out to enjoy the weekend's festivities. The Sunset crew had a stage set up with a DJ spinning tunes until the wee hours of the night, while at the other end of the show, Twisted and Freaks of Nature took the liberty of hosting their own X-rated show centered around a hot tub. We'll let you use your imagination on that one. Some of the clubs that were in attendance included Art of Noize, Characters, Forbidden Fantasy, Severed Ties, Negative Camber, No Regrets, and Perfect Poise. The sun was already rising as the fires started to die out and everyone stumbled back to their camps.
The Sunset crew was prompt, kicking off the award ceremony at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning so everyone who'd traveled long distances could get on the road early. Best of Show went to Scott Harris' S-10, while the Club Participation trophy was given to Freaks of Nature. Resolutions will be held at the same location for the 30th annual show, so if you haven't made it to Reso' yet, this will be the one to hit. For more information, contact: Motorsport Promotions, (909) 590-0785, www.sunsetwhittier.com.