Hello, and welcome to the very first edition of The Hot Seat. Each month, we are going to take a person that has been a vital part, a mentor, or made some significant impact on the scene, then expose him or her, and make them blush for your reading enjoyment. So sit back, light a match, do a courtesy flush, and enjoy this month's installment of The Hot Seat with the President of Low Rollers and Show Promoter of End of Summer Bash, Phil Fowler.
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Disclaimer: Each of these questions were answered honestly!
Full Name: Phil Fowler
Place of Birth: Wilmington, DE
Current Residence: Newark, DE
Daily Driver: '96 Chevy Tahoe
Who Are You?: Phil Fowler, President of Low Rollers and a proud father
Q. What is in your toilet tower or lavatory library? Be honest, not the obvious ones like Mini Truckin', we want to know about the US Weekly, Better Homes & Gardens, and the luscious, large women mags.
A. I'm pretty much a power dumper, not really a toilet reader. But when I do spend some time reading, it's honestly just regular mail, or the new MT.
Q. Could you tell us something people either don't know about you or would be very surprised to hear?
A. I used to get in a lot of trouble and had my share of run-ins with Johnny Law. I had a short temper, but I have learned to control it. I'd have to say my three daughters are my reason for calming down.
Q. Do you have any tattoos you regret? If so, what is it, why do you regret it, and can we see it?
A. I only have one tattoo for now. I want more, but just don't have extra money laying around to pay for them. It's my club tat, so I definitely don't have any regrets on that one.
Q. Could you settle this one once and for all ... bros or hoes?
A. Tricky question. If you're talking about a girl you just met, or someone that doesn't like your friends, then definitely bros. But if it's the wife, I'd have to pick her! Let's face it, if she isn't happy, then I'm not happy-if you know what I mean!
Q. What is your favorite car show of all time?
A. I would have to say Pigeon Forge Mini Truck Nats. When the show was big, you had six lanes of kickass trucks cruisin' the strip-and that's just plain badass! It took 2 hours to go 2 miles, but it didn't matter, because the strip was lined with people in chairs all enjoying the show. Hell, all the years I went there, most of the time we didn't even make it to the show, we just hung out on the strip to watch it cruise by!
Q. How did you get into the scene?
A. To be honest, I used to make fun of lowered trucks and thought they were dumb. Then I saw this guy, Fran Woerner, who was riding through my neighborhood, and I started eyein' his truck. It was badass way back in '92! Next thing you know, I bought a 2WD Ranger, then it was all downhill from there. I got my truck lowered and started talking to Fran and the boys from Low Rollers. 15 years later, I'm still doing it and still LR 4 Life!
Q. What gave you the inspiration to start the End of Summer Bash show?
A. Well, we were a bunch of minitruckers going to shows and decided they didn't cater to us. We thought we would do a show the way we would like it to be. What more could you want, a show for minitruckers and by minitruckers!
Q. What is the rumor about "Shoeless Phil?"
A. Shoeless Phil was years and years ago. I don't know why, but I walked around Carlisle All Truck Nats without shoes, fighting the heat, rocks, and other unknown objects. I kept telling people to look at my feet all weekend. To me, it's not all that interesting, but I've done a lot of crazy things over the years (chuckles).
Q. Now, for the golf carts at EOSB. Did you get full coverage, or just the basic liability for those? What is your going rate for the insurance for them ... you guys take good care of them, right?
A. I don't know what you're talking about. They didn't offer insurance, but I wish they had because it cost us more than $1,500 in repairs. I think we'll be on bicycles this year.
Q. We heard you were arrested at Pigeon Forge back in the day?
A. True, guilty as charged! Well, it all started with a challenge from Subculture to Low Rollers in go-kart racing. We all know rubbin' is racing! Right out of the gate, I took off and spun around backwards for a little head-on action. Then, after a little crashin' and rubbin', the staff became mad, so by this time they kicked us out.
I continued on backwards for at least 3 minutes after everyone was off, and with the assistance of another LR member, we finally decided it was time to exit. So, we pulled in and I rammed the cars that were all parked, and ran to the front car and took off again.
Unfortunately, by this time the cops were en route. So after a lap, I got off and as I got through the place and into the parking lot, Danielle Lee told me, "Phil, run!" So I took off-yeah, fat me running-they closed off the gates to the place and the cops were pulling in right as I went running up the hill. Then I heard: "Get on the ground!" shouted at me with guns drawn.
They put me in the back of the car and took me back to the Go Kart Establishment to meet my friends that were in custody. It seems someone stripped all the film and tapes from the cameras. Daniel had the tape tucked next to his sack 'o' beans and they didn't check there. So, after no proof and no one able to press charges, and a few obscene gestures to the manager when the cop's back was turned, we were set free to go about our happy ways.
All in all, I wasn't arrested, got my tape back (with a few pubic hairs on it), and a hell of a memory. It was a blast! Thanks, Daniel, for the cover, bro. I owe you!
Mind you, this was eight years ago. Now I'm responsible Phil. Have fun, but don't destroy other people's stuff!
That's it from 2008 presidential candidate, Phil Fowler! In case you're wondering how the presidential candidate joke (and T-shirt campaign) got started from, it's actually just a little inside joke from the folks over at Drop 'Em Wear? clothing. Stay tuned to find out who we get the dirt on for next month!