When we decided to drive 19 hours in my wife's Nissan Armada to Salem, Oregon, for Drop Zone, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. A thousand miles later, and a crazy night in Weed, California, I knew it had all been worth it. The campgrounds were packed and the party was in full swing. Even in the middle of the day, people were hanging out and relaxing underneath the trees. With a great show like Drop Zone, it's no wonder this show was such a hit.
I'm not going to lie to you, either; the drive home was a drag. But, it was worth every bit of it. Next year's show is scheduled for July 25-27, and I know next year the drive will be even more interesting in a mini, but it will be worth it.
The Show Lowdown
Name: Drop Zone 2007
Location: Oregon State Fairgrounds
Dates: July 27-29
Total vehicles in attendance: 482
Spectator attendance: 2,000+
* The past Show of the Year winner plans on returning in 2008
* This is one of the last remaining three-day truck runs
* Next year's show is scheduled for July 25-28
* Burnout contest
* Wet T-shirt contest
* Drag contest
* On-site tattoos by Hot Rod Betties
Sponsors: Les Schwab Tires, Hot Rod Betties, Hear No Evil Audio, and Grant Kustoms
Vendors: D and L Audio, Hot Rod Betties, Hear No Evil Audio, Grant Kustoms, Kingpin, and Les Schwab Tires
Contact for future events:
Eric Self (503) 480-5658, or E.email@example.com
Here's something you don't see too often: a slammed Isuzu Rodeo.
Camping at Drop Zone is cool and old skool.
Freaks of Nature did some dragging, like only they know how to.
The perverts waited patiently for the next contestant.
Ron's '05 Frontier should be ready for our camera soon!
Ohh, here's something rare: a Mitsu Mighty Max.
The party raged late into the night.
The wet T-shirt contest is always a hit at the show.