Established in 1989, Hardcore CC is one of the oldest clubs in central Florida and is well-known throughout the state for its active participation on the show circuit. The 25 members are enthusiastic about their rides (primarily mini-trucks, with a few compact cars) and actively attend car shows around the state, as well as throughout the Southeast. The club's one-day December show, dedicated to former club member Larry Neal Oliver Jr., is a long-running event that's now in its eighth year. Oliver was brutally murdered in 1995 by thieves who stole his truck. The December event keeps his memory alive, and proceeds from the event also support "Baby DJ," Orlando's XL106.7 radio, a community organization that sponsors needy families in central Florida. The station provides Christmas trees, toys for kids, dinners for families, and everything else that less-privileged individuals need to enjoy the holiday season.

The 2004 show marked a change, with the club stepping up and putting on its first two-day show in the spacious Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. Sponsored by Ultimate Audio, one of Orlando's best-known stereo shops, the event attracted a great turnout of area vehicles, with dozens of clubs in the Southeast showing support and arriving ready to party. The Hardcore staff was also ready, using years of experience (and months of planning) to ensure all attendees were properly entertained. "Wet and sweet" was the theme for the club games. Beginning with a maple-syrup chug, then nosing around for Chicklets at the bottom of a chocolate cream pie, the club games were not for the calorie conscious. Thankfully, when the sticky competitors moved to the next event, the water-balloon toss cleaned 'em up and cooled 'em off. The cooling process was temporary, however, since the bikini contest raised temperatures all over again. Several of the area's hottest chicks competed for a share of the $600 prize, with pretty Shannon Walker becoming the judges' favorite. The cycle continued in the wet T-shirt contest, and the water used to cool off the ladies had the opposite effect on the crowd.

Door prizes kept the excitement going, with lots of great automotive stuff given to new owners. The awards ceremony also sent plenty of drivers home with new stuff, presenting more than 145 trophies to the 300 competitors at the show. Bobby Hilgeartner's beautiful stereo-equipped S-10 earned a class win and captured Best Paint, while Dave Shulman's radical Ford took Best of Show. The Oliver family chose Rick Hanley's sharp '00 Ford for the LNO award, and Acrophobia happily accepted the show's Club Participation award. If you'd like to be part of a great, fun weekend that also actively helps the community, put Hardcore Minis show on this year's calendar. For more information, contact: www.hardcoreminis.com.