For the past 28 years, the Resolutions event has been something all mini-truckers look forward to during the time of year when nothing is really happening in the truck show scene. During the winter months, many mini-truckers are deep into their upgrades and buildups to change their trucks for the coming show season. Nevertheless, the droves of custom truck nuts who head to wherever Reso' is being held (it's been held all over California throughout the years) is proof positive that Reso' is a show for the mini-trucker's mini-trucker.
While most shows can boast warm temperatures and summer-like conditions, Resolutions has built itself over its long existence to encompass a show unlike any you'll ever attend. Since the show's inception by Jim Lynskey back in 1976 as a campout to keep mini-truckers centrally located and safe during the New Year's holiday, Resolutions has become a mainstay of the Southern California custom truck and van culture, and has been instrumental in forming the SoCal pastime we all know and love today.
Resolutions coincides with the beginning of the new year. Typically, no matter where you are in the United States, the weather isn't the warmest, and if you attempt to host a truck show during this time, only the most dedicated, hard-core enthusiasts are going to venture out of their warm domiciles to attend. This would frighten most show promoters, but that's just the way Motorsport Promotions likes things.
Resolutions 2004 was held at the Rock-A-Hoola Water Park in Newberry Springs, California, from January 2-4. This was the third year running that the show was held at this locale. The Motorsport Promotions team did triple-time to make sure the off-season area would accommodate mini-truckers from all over by giving the whole park a once-over to clear weeds, restore running water, and make the area comfortable for the thousands of people who were counting on the latest occurrence of Resolutions to be as memorable as any of the 27 events that had come before it.
This year's show was typical of the area it was held in. Newberry Springs is a point in between freeway exits, with no exit nearby. If you blink, you'll miss it. When we drove up to cover the event, it was about the only time that driving in a stock truck was a good idea. We had to jump the curb from the freeway and head across a few desert plants and sand to get back to the off-ramp we'd completely blown past.
As with most shows, Resolutions had a show area for those ready to display and be judged by Motorsport Promotions' team of show judges. Reso's show area filled up fast, and the promoters had to place the overflow of trucks in other areas outside the main show area. Unlike many shows held during the warm months of the year, Reso' draws a lot of rides that have either been sitting dormant for years, or rides that are in various stages of completion. It's a great gauge as to what's being built locally and an opportunity for others to check out and plan their own buildups around, especially since many of these trucks will soon be hitting the local show circuit completed.
Resolutions is the longest-running mini-truck event in existence. The fact that the show continues is a testament to the faith that the promoter still has in the event, and is just as much a testament to the commitment mini-truckers have to keeping the event alive for future generations. May the granddaddy of all mini-truck shows reign forever. For more information, contact: Motorsport Promotions, Dept. MT, 4177 Margarita St., Chino, CA 91710, (909) 590-0785, www.sunsetwhittier.com.