Those of us who've been rollin' with this lifestyle known as mini-truckin' for some time know that "first-annual" events typically draw small crowds. Most of us don't bother cleaning up our rides, choosing to play the spectator role at these events so we can feel it out and see if it may be worth attending next year. Scrapin' the Coast in Gulfport, Mississippi, shattered that stereotype and came out of the gates hard despite the unseemly weather.

Scrapin' the Coast was held at the Gulfport Sportsplex this past June, and as many of you may already know, this is the middle of the wet season for the Southeast. This worried many of us who were hoping to see a kick-ass inaugural show, and Saturday morning was just as we had feared, presenting us with nothing but summer showers. To keep ourselves and our equipment dry during the heavy rains of the day, we sat and talked to one of the many vendors on hand and took advantage of his nice, big, rainproof tent. We sat and watched as the hard-core guys and girls who comprise this great lifestyle proved that nothing keeps them from coming out to an event and having a great time; they even went so far as to take a trip to the nearest Home Depot to score a sheet of industrial-strength plastic and dishwashing soap.Can you say homemade slip-'n'-slide, boys and girls? The rain finally took a break Saturday evening, and after a quick change back at the hotel, it was time to head down beach-side to join up for the final activities of the day: the poker run and neon glow-off. Despite the steady rain, no one's spirits were dampened.

Sunday was slightly better, with the rain holding off for most of the day, allowing the planned events to go off without a hitch. The list of events included club wars, hydraulic and airbag competitions, a stereo competition, and the bikini contest, which turned into something a little too hot for MT. All of this led up to the awards ceremony, which, thanks to the Scrapin' the Coast staff, was held early in the afternoon in order to wrap up everything before the rain returned.

The crew that put on Scrapin' the Coast would like to send a very special thanks out to all of the sponsors: Myles' Hydraulics and Customs; Drop Em Wear?; Empress Audio; California Dreams Motor Sports; Kunfuzed Customz; Gulf South Customs; Sound Solutions; Wise Choice Audio; Tunes Car Stereo; and Southern Performance. The promoters would also like to thank all of the die-hard fans who came out for this first-annual show and helped to make it a success. We hope to see you next year. For more information, contact: Myles, (228) 832-2688; scrapinthecoast@aol.com.