Here it is—the most anticipated time of the year for us. Picking a favorite among this batch was no easy task. In fact, it's been a good exercise in keeping the nerves in check. To everyone who has contributed to any of the trucks or shows featured this year, you all deserve a standing O—seriously. Thanks for making the decision-making process excruciatingly difficult, yet unforgettable once again.

Don't forget to cast your vote!

Cover Truck of the Year - Vote Here!
Construction Zone of the Year - Vote Here!
Show of the Year - Vote Here!
Club of the Year - Vote Here!


Truck of The Year

John Mata Jr.
Mini Truckin' Editor
Jason Ballard's 1994 Chevy S-10

Why the hell can't we have two Winners?! I LOVE Cory Hussey's Colorado and have been a fan of Bada Bing ever since I saw it featured years ago as a rolling chassis. It was amazing then, and seeing the rest of the truck built with the same continued execution says a lot about what Jason was looking to accomplish. I honestly believe that Big Body Custom Interior's work pushed this S-10 over the edge. The craftsmanship is top tier, and the vintage luggage theme is just too effing cool. Detailed to the last stitch!

Chris Pasley
Mini Truckin' Art Director
Jason Ballard's 1994 Chevy S-10

All 12 of our cover trucks brought their A-game this year. Usually, I find myself torn between two trucks, this year it's closer to four. I look at the truck thoroughly and base my decision on which truck truly deserves this high honor. Bada Bing was neck in neck with other trucks but the interior put this truck above the rest in my book. This super clean ride has it all.

Randy Johnson
Mini Truck Scene
Cory Hussey's 2005 Colorado

My vote went to the amazing blue Colorado from up North. I have seen it in person at almost every show I've went to in the past year and all I can do is drool. The amount of detail that went into this full build is over the top. Well done, Cory!

Koapono Patrick
KP Concepts
Jason Ballard's 1994 Chevy S-10

What I looked for to pick best truck was one that was well done overall leaving nothing untouched or too plain, yet still not being too over the top. To me, the best overall truck is Jason Ballard's Bada Bing S-10 (I'm not even much of an S-10 fan). The exterior is well modified without being too much, the interior is gorgeous, and it has a nice detailed motor and chassis. Not to mention this truck was designed back in '04, and looks just as awesome completed 8 years later.

Sean French
SoLo DVD
Cory Hussey's 2005 Colorado

The truck was built for power and has a clean and simple look. From the independent rear, to the hard-lined air suspension, we can tell Cory paid close attention to detail. Also, the story behind the build is very inspiring and we definitely agree he did prove them wrong.

Ernie Macias
mindofmacias.com
Jason Ballard's 1994 Chevy S-10

Truck of the year for me is Bada Bing. Jason's truck is a clean mini from the chassis to the engine bay—nothing was spared. The single thing that stands out the most to me is the interior. If Bada Bing is its name, then "Attention to Detail" should be its middle name … but then again, that would be a really strange name.

Winner:
Jason Ballard's 1994 S-10


Show of The Year

John Mata Jr.
Camp 'N' Drag

This year, I went to a lot of the same shows that are always on my list, I missed a few I really wanted to check out, and I tried a couple new ones. I was really impressed with Layd Out At The Park, Showfest delivered another amazing turnout as well, and I really hate that I missed LST's second installment. With that said, the show that stood out to me again is CND. There's always amazing builds here to keep my camera snapping, but I'm not going to lie—the real reason I love this show is because it's a great time—period. You can be as weird as you want, get a close look at killer trucks, and cruise around the campground under a star-filled night sky while "roughing it" in the secluded Indiana farmland.

Randy Johnson
Lone Star Throwdown

I missed it last year but knew I had to make it to the second annual show. I'm glad I flew down to Texas because I don't think I'll ever miss this show again! By how well everything was run, you'd think they were having their 20th anniversary show. The show was huge, and it was the perfect atmosphere for a show-of-the-year contender.

Koapono Patrick
Turkey Drag

I judge a show by three things: the turnout of rides, weather, which is ultimately up to the show gods, and the nightlife. I went to some good shows this year but the one that scored the best in all three categories for me was Turkey Drag.

Sean French
Lone Star Throwdown

LST is a show that we don't ever plan to miss. The show is very organized and it brings in crowds from all over the U.S. from coast to coast. One of our favorite things about the show is the laid back atmosphere. You can bring your whole family out to the show and there is something for everyone to appreciate!

Ernie Macias
Camp 'N' Drag

This show continues to blow me away every year, and 2013 was no exception. The crew from Balistik puts on a hell of a show and one hell of a party. This year the Drop Em booth was the place to be on Friday night. It's a must-hit show.

*Tie Breaker: We asked an impartial guest judge to help settle the score.

Chris "Krisko" Knotts
Mini Truckin' Contributing Editor
Lone Star Throwdown

LST and CND should bang and have a baby. Camp N Drag was one of the best times I had this year but LST edges it out with the amount of the vehicles in the show. If there were a show that somehow offered both an exciting party atmosphere and a huge showing of vehicles, there would be no competition. Even though I plan to make the drive again to Indiana next summer, I have to give the show of the year vote to Lone Star.

Winner:
Lone Star Throwdown

Club of The Year

John Mata Jr.
Acrophobia

Part of me wanted to take a tally of features and covers over the year and base my vote off of that, which could've easily gone to either Severed Ties or No Regrets. But instead of making the vote purely black and white, I am voting for Acro because they have made a huge surge throughout the country and up in Canada too. They scored a cover spot with Cory Hussey's Colorado and have had some sweet features roll through our pages over the last year. The club is showing a lot of heart right now, and I'm looking forward to what they bring out next show season.

Chris Pasley
Severed Ties

This may come as a surprise to some, but credit goes where credit is due and my vote this year goes to Severed Ties. The club has produced tons of quality rides this year with a lot of them being on our covers. They throw multiple shows across the country and clean house when it comes to club participation.

Randy Johnson
Negative Camber

When it comes to this award, I base my choice on several things. The club's appearance at shows, the amount of quality they produce, the general attitude of the members, the press they receive in magazines and on the web, events they are involved in, etc. I choose Negative Camber—they have proven themselves time and time again.

Koapono Patrick
Acrophobia

The club I noticed that improved the most this year would be Acro. They've really stepped up in their numbers and quality, as well as getting some features and a cover in this mag.

Sean French
Severed Ties

We attend over 15 shows a year and this year there was a club that made a stand at every show we attended. Severed Ties has always brought out the best of the best throughout the years, and it continued in 2013. Also, having the most cover issues in MT this year, we chose ST without a doubt.

*Tie Breaker: We again called upon a respected guest voter to help crown the Winner.

Phil Fowler
Mini Truckin' Contributing Editor
Acrophobia

This is a hard decision but it has to be made. I have chosen Acro this year due to the fact that the shows I have attended, there is always a good bunch of Acro trucks supporting the scene. It seems that recently, every time I've opened the mag, I've seen an increase of their trucks in coverage and feature spreads. They have quality rides and the members in the club that I have met are some of the best people out there!

Winner:
Acrophobia


Construction Zone of The Year

John Mata Jr.
Mike Sturgill's 1969 Ford Bronco

I've been patiently waiting to see Ken Standish's one-of-a-kind Courier to be completed but I have to give Mike Sturgill's Bronco my Construction Zone vote. I just love how low and compact it is. Dear Ken and Mike, thanks for making it tough to be a loyal Chevy guy this year! Sincerely, me.

Chris Pasley
Ken Standish's 1973 Ford Courier

This is a very unique build that will hopefully be finished. We often see many super cool Construction Zone features that get put on the back burner after their feature. But I really hope this isn't one of them.

Randy Johnson
Mike Sturgill's 1969 Ford Bronco

I love newer trucks, but there's just something about vehicles that were built decades ago. The styling was simpler, there were far less techy features, and more importantly—they look sick laid on the ground. Mike killed it with this one. From the timeless billet wheel design, to the engineered suspension, to the handcrafted interior—this pint-size SUV has it all.

Koapono Patrick
Ken Standish's 1973 Ford Courier

Ken Standish's Courier gets my vote because of the hard road he's encountered with his build. It was on its way to being a sweet little thing until the infamous Joplin tornado had its way with it. Instead of canning it and moving onto a different build, he is pushing forward making it better than it was before.

Sean French
Mike Sturgill's 1969 Ford Bronco

We have always thought that Broncos look their best lying on the concrete. This one definitely has that "wow" factor. We look forward to seeing this beast finished!

Ernie Macias
Mike Sturgill's 1969 Ford Bronco

Yeah, this thing is cool.

Winner:
Mike Sturgill's 1969 Ford Bronco


Favorite Modification

John Mata Jr.
Cory Hussey's 2005 Chevy Colorado

One of the reasons I love Cory Hussey's Colorado so much is the work he put into displaying the inner workings in the bed. After featuring the truck, I couldn't tell you how many emails from readers I got asking how his IRS setup worked. The independent rear was a cool, curveball mod to throw into a Colorado.

Chris Pasley
Dustin Seaman's 1988 Chevy Blazer

Now while caddy tails may be cool, they have been done to death and these days don't even count as a mod in my book. Front-end swaps are cool if done correctly, but cool mods don't have to be hand-grafted front clips or one-off wheels. My favorite part of Dustin Seaman's Blazer is a little something that might go unnoticed—the gas filler. Neatly tucked inside behind the rear glass hidden out of view—it's a very cool mod that probably took forever to make but may easily get overlooked.

Randy Johnson
Troy Gudgel's 1994 Chevy S-10

The Camaro bumpers are such subtle mods but they compliment the rest of the truck very well. I've never seen it done before and I'm glad they thought outside the box on this whole truck. So many S-10s have been built and featured over the years, so for one to stand out in a classy way, that says a lot.

Koapono Patrick
Andy Brown's 1990 Mazda B2600

The rear hybrid setup on his green Mazda is one of the cooler mods I thought that isn't done very often. Sure, using four 'bags and two hydro cylinders just to lift the rear end isn't exactly necessary but I think it deserves a thumbs up for being creative and different.

Sean French
Nick Wellington's 1977 Mazda B1600

This Mazda stands out of the crowd for sure. It's not everyday you see a mid-mounted engine in a minitruck!

Ernie Macias
Dustin Seaman's 1988 Chevy Blazer

Mod of the year would have to go to my second choice for truck-of-the-year, which is Dustin Seaman's Colorado-clipped Chevy Blazer. The front end and taillights are so well executed that you would think that this is how Chevy should've made it.

Sean French
Nick Wellington's 1977 Mazda B1600

This Mazda stands out of the crowd for sure. It's not everyday you see a mid-mounted engine in a mini-truck!

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