Hard Luck Of The Month
Leon Stollings of Palm Coast, Florida learned the importance of checking his work-the hard way. He installed new 'bags and air lines in the front of his Dakota. When he was done, he jumped into his truck to roll it out of the garage and wash it. Well, he soon found out that he forgot to check one thing: his brakes. Leon must have removed the brake lines from the calipers when changing out the 'bags and forgot to bleed them upon reinstallation. So, when he was backing out and found that he had no brakes, it was too late to do anything-except hit a dirt hillside in order to stop before rolling into traffic. And for that, we are sure that Leon will never forget to bleed his brakes again.

To ease his pain and suffering, we are going to hook him up with a one-year membership to the FBI Brushed Club and also a mystery gift from FBI.

If you, or someone you know, has had something terrible happen to a minitruck, and you have high-resolution pictures (no camera-phone pics, please) we would like to see them. Send your submissions to galen.armenta@sourceinterlink.com, or to Hard Luck of the Month c/o Mini Truckin', 2400 E. Katella Ave. Ste. 700, Anaheim, CA 92806.

MT Tattoos
Kustomz Ink Klothing is our sponsor of the infamous MT Ink section. We figured it made a good pair! Be sure to check out kustomzink.com for the latest on custom gear.

We should really start a tattoo magazine, we keep getting pictures of badass minitruckin' lifestyle artwork. Minitruckers are creative and we know it. These days, they don't just show it on their trucks, they show it on their bodies, as well. Keep sending in the pics to galen.armenta@sourceinterlink.com.

What's In Our Ipods?
& Chris the Art Director's phone
"Sexy Can I" - Ray J
"Lollipop" - Lil Wayne
"Handlebars" - Flobots
"Inside the Fire" - Disturbed
"Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It" - Ice Cube
"Already Young" - The Whigs
"My Friend Peter" - Alkaline Trio

MT Junior Of The Month
Kodi, who is 4 years old, and Landon, who is 10 months old, are Bradford brothers of Corpus Christi, Texas. These are some seriously spoiled kids! Their father, Gordon, built this '97 S-10 truck bed about 2 years ago for Kodi to sleep in, but Kodi has had no problem letting his little brother crash in it from time to time.

It has 20-inch Enkei rims with low-profile Nitto 555 tires, a custom-built headboard to look like a cab, working blue neons, brake lights, and a stereo system. His room has aluminum spoilers for shelves, and toolboxes are used for nightstands. Future plans are to mount working LCDs into the sides, by the speakers, for a TV or gaming pleasure.

Ticket Of The Month
Since Editor Mike Alexander has been the recipient of several tickets lately, we wanted to try and lift his spirits by showing him that he isn't the only minitrucker to get the smack-down from Johnny Law.

While attending the Carlisle All Truck Nationals, Stephen Deleon Jr. did a dumb thing: he got caught draggin'. As he was out doing a little cruising, he decided to put frame to pavement right in front of one of Pennsylvania's Finest and was lit up faster than Paris Hilton leaving her local bar. Officer Porkchop cited him for careless driving stating "did drive vehicle on roadway, dragging the rear end, and throwing sparks with other traffic present." Sounds to us like he should have been cited for exhibition of dragging.

Don't feel bad, Stephen, the fine you received is the same as a first-time offense of a window tint ticket in Southern California. Oh ya, and Mike, I won't tell anyone about "the frame being too high" ticket you got.

Great Threads
Lo Gear Apparel has recently released its new line of minitruck lifestyle gear. There are 24 designs for the guys, gals, and the little ones. It also offers hoodies, hats, and beanies. The Lo Gear Apparel is done with high-quality printing, which you will find out when you order one, and printed on a high-quality T-shirt. For more info on this new line of shirts, check out logearclothing.com.

Cool DVDs
This month, we bring you the long-awaited Havoc DVD. It'll take you behind the scenes of your favorite magazines and give a little glimpse of what we editors do on the job. But don't be fooled by the hijinks and antics that you see in the video, there is another side of being an editor. Fortunately for you, that footage was deemed cruel and unusual punishment to anyone who views it, and was promptly confiscated by the CDC. Seriously though, the video has more than an hour of Havoc event coverage, photo shoots, and editor interviews. You can order a copy through minitruckinweb.com, or send an e-mail to eddy.cebreco@sourceinterlink.com, and tell Eddy we said "Hi."

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