The Louisiana Oil and Gas Park doesn't sound like the coolest place to have a truck and car show, but if title was ever to not dictate behavior, this would be it. Located in Jennings, Louisiana, the picturesque pond and grass fields surrounding them gave the perfect amount of room, mixed with a relaxed setting. This was the canvas for Gator Drag '05, held from April 8-10, one of the South's biggest up-and-coming shows.

With 350 vehicles in the show and close to 7,000 spectators, this show is sure to become a mainstay of mini-truckin' in the South. The quality of vehicles was strong and the cooperation of the town was first-rate. The hosting hotels were set up near an overabundance of fast-food restaurants as well as oversized convenience marts.

Other than the hundreds of vehicles on display, there were lots of other sights to be seen. There were live alligators on display, as well as spectator-friendly games and contests, such as the tire toss. When was the last time you saw a midget trying to throw a tire into a field? It was quite a spectacle - the midget went farther than the tire. There was also a burn-out contest that took place, where we saw a dragster pull up. Only in the South...

One of our meals consisted of about 50 of us practically shutting down the restaurant in the Holiday Inn to celebrate Mini Truckin' Editor Mike Alexander's birthday. The workers must have been paid off, so as not to flip-out at the sight of our antics. We're pretty sure that the floor took care of half the bill by the end of dinner.

The nightlife at this show was a blast. Two adjoining hotels, sharing a common parking lot between their formations, served as a stomping ground for the would-be kids. Everything you would need was in walking distance, thus preventing tickets for driving while stupid.

The staff of Gator Drag '05 would like to thank its main sponsors: O'Reilly Auto Parts, Cutting Edge, Domination, Extreme Air Valves, Gulf Coast Autoplex, and KAIK Products. Also in attendance were Drop 'Em Wear?, Fast Eddy's Hot Rod Art, Lowlife Video, and Silver Star Customs. Special thanks goes out to Polly Henry, who was an integral part in the show. Gator Drag '06 is already in the works. For information, contact: Brandon Leblanc, (337) 658-5805, or e-mail info@gatordrag.com.