When you think of some of the bigger shows across the country, one that comes to mind is Slammin' & Jammin'. Over the past few years, this Tennessee show has almost doubled in size. People come from all over to check out some of the sickest rides from the Southeast and Midwest. With more than 1,600 entries, this was the biggest year for the show. The show was held at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center and provided plenty of space for all the custom work to be displayed.
With Falken Tire taking over again as the title sponsor, along with the help of MA Audio and Hunters Custom Automotive, the event had plenty of help to make for a successful show. After half of the first day was over, they realized that the turnout was going to be larger than expected, considering there were well over 700 custom rides entered for the show before the gates closed on Friday.
As soon as the sun started to rise, the gate guys made a quick wait seem even shorter as they hustled people into the showgrounds. Judging lanes opened early as well and stayed packed - yet ran quickly - up until late in the day. There was also a USAC sound competition and Outlaw SPL contest that ran throughout the day on Saturday. At center stage, a rap group, the Goodfellas, got the crowd jumping and gave everyone a reason to get out of the sun and under the shade for a good time. Once they got done dropping a few rhymes, it was time for the lovely ladies who signed up for the bikini contest to take the stage and strut their stuff.
Toward the end of the day, a dragstrip was set aside for several trucks to take their turn railing enough to kick up plenty of sparks, and just like the bikini contest, there was $1,000 plus trophies for the winners - not bad to get a little cash just for draggin' your truck considering most Mini Truckin' readers do it for free. The party at the show continued well into the night as the campers hung out. Early Sunday morning, things once again began to fill up quick starting around 8 a.m. A hydraulic contest was quickly followed by an airbag hopping contest, which kept Sunday's festivities even more appealing. Unlike many shows, awards started around 2 p.m. and allowed those who had long drives ahead of them to get home at a decent time. There were several awards given out, including plenty of huge specialty awards. The MT Editor's pick went to Josh Poston and his blue Nissan (you might recognize it as this month's cover truck). For more info on this show or to see when you need to make plans to check it out next year, log onto www.autoshows.cc.