Believe it or not, Phoenix has a huge car and truck scene. It's been in place for decades now - just in various forms. Ask any old-school mini-trucker about cruising on Central Avenue, and they'll talk forever about pimping their ride all night long. The interesting thing about the Phoenix scene, though, is that there is almost always a centrally located hangout spot everyone goes to. Back in the day, it was the Pavilions in Scottsdale. The gathering place then moved to the Wal-Mart in Mesa, and from there to Lot 59 on the Arizona State University campus. And we can't forget the popular west-side hangout over on 35th Avenue. The problem is that someone doing something stupid always runs the mini-truckers out of these places. One time it was two girls getting into a fight; another time it was some tool with a Mustang doing a burnout. At the time of this writing, mini-truckers were in between hangouts, and a new spot was still being sought.

This is part of the reason why Ground Zero's show was so important and why the turnout for the show was amazing. Everyone needed to catch up on all the gossip and check out the new mods they've done to their rides. The parking lot outside of Castles & Coasters in Phoenix was packed. In fact, the showgrounds were fuller than we've ever seen at a show held at the same location. There were easily 100 minis and cars showing off their stuff and more than one feature-worthy vehicle there as well. The proof? A few minis were even sporting framed versions of their MT features out in front of their rides.

So who showed up? Negative Camber was there in force with a string of killer Tacomas and a Blazer that's going to be sick when it's done. Then there was Art of Noize, whose presence in Phoenix has blown up in the past year. The club had a Toyota that was laid out hard, squatting on 19-inch wheels with a slider, suicide doors, and shaved everything. When this Toy' sees paint, it's going to turn some heads.

Overall, it was a great show. There was a rock climbing wall for everyone to participate in, as well as plenty of vendors to talk to about future mods. Ground Zero threw the show to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). We're hoping we'll see GZ put on a show next year, and if they do, count on Mini Truckin' to be there to cover the huge custom scene in Phoenix in all its glory. For more information on Ground Zero or the shows the club plans to put on in the near future, go to www.groundzeroaz.com and look for upcoming events and news about this growing group of committed mini-truckers.