Inflatable swimming pools, coolers filled with icy cold drinks, and 100-degree+ temps—that sums up the daytime atmosphere at last year's edition of Summer Madness. Bakersfield, California, definitely isn't the coolest spot in Cali in July, but the minis that come out to the show are.
Hosting clubs Regulators and Rolling on Thunder Vans paid their respects to Tom "Cherokee" Benwell, one of the founding members of Summer Madness, with a memory-sharing session in his honor. With another memorial nod to the late Courtney Halowell at the show, those in attendance who were impacted by these two men had the opportunity to reminisce about the good old days.
But the show rolled on, as did the cruising and celebrating that Summer Madness is known for. Don't miss this 2012's event—it should be as awesome as ever.
Summer Madness Uprising
Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, CA
July 22-24, 2011
Pep Boys, Meguiar's, Shocker