The 2008 magazine year marked Mini Truckin's 20-year Anniversary, and we celebrated in a big way! With amazing cover shoots commemorating some of the best trucks ever built, and a 3-part 20-year poster, 2008 was definitely one of our best years yet. This year we added a new voter and will continue this tradition from here on. The previous Truck of the Year winner will get to cast their vote for the following year. Joel Sadenwasser won the crown last year, so his vote is cast for the 2008 winner below. Check out what our dedicated staff thought of all that we delivered in 2008, and who we think was the 2008 Truck, Show, and Club of the Year.

2008 Minituck of the Year

Mike Alexander - MT Editor
Tracy "Chico" Shaw's '98 Nissan Frontier
March 2008 Cover Truck: Wanna Trade?

Simple, clean, and badass, all at the same time! That's how I describe Chico's Frontier. He did an amazing job in keeping with subtle hot rod styling, while really modifying every square inch of the truck to stand out above the rest. The rumble of the motor, the clean solid color paint, the gorgeous billet wheels, and the badass interior, all tie together to create yet another homerun from Chico! Congrats buddy, job well done.

Galen Armenta - MT Associate Editor
Christopher "Eli" Griffin's '92 Mazda B2200
January 2008 Cover Truck: Reincarnation II

This truck is clean and everything about it flows together as one overall package. The exterior sets the classic style tone with the red and platinum paint job, to the deep-lipped Coy's C-5 wheels. Then to move inside and find a '51 Ford dash and the classic-style stitched seats really compliment the exterior. Yes, the truck is technically an import, but still has the essence of Ford Motor Company, so it's all the same to me.

Chris Pasley - MT Art Director
Toshihide Kazama's '94 Toyota Pickup
September 2008 Cover Truck: World's Cleanest 'Yota

A whole year has passed by with "D-Lowest" holding the title for Truck of the Year 2007. But, once again it's time to pass the bragging rights on to another cover truck nominee. So many trucks came out this year like the "Chico-fied" Nissan, the "Bertschwood" Yota, and many more, but nothing in my mind could come close to the sheer perfection of the Japanese built "Worlds Cleanest Yota". Even though I've never seen this truck in person with my own eyes, it's name says it all, and the pictures show the time, craftsmanship, and attention to detail this far east truck brought to the table this year.

Ernie Macias - MT Freelancer
Kyle Bertsch's '93 Toyota Pickup
August 2008 Cover Truck: Bertschwood.

I have much respect for the people out there that build badass rides in obscure states where the nearest shop might be 500 miles away. Kyle did just that. He brought together a handful of minitruckers from a little town in North Dakota, and five years later he brought out this amazing 'Yota! He did a hell of a job if you ask me.

Joel Sadenwasser - 2007 Truck of the Year Winner
Toshihide Kazama's '94 Toyota Pickup
September 2008 Cover Truck: World's Cleanest 'Yota

I'm a huge Toyota fan, and I even have the logo tattooed on my arm. So, when I saw this truck come out in the mag, I almost had a heart attack! It's by far, one of the cleanest Toyota's ever built, and the quality and detail put into this truck is unmatched. So I would gladly hand over my crown to another insanely built 'Yota.

Brandon Burrell - MT Freelancer
Christopher "Eli" Griffin's '92 Mazda B2200
January 2008 Cover Truck: Reincarnation II

This is one of the most detailed trucks I've seen in person. Bringing some old school looks with modern technique makes this truck stand out. Every little thing on this truck was touched, which pushes it over the top for me.

Justin Cross - MT Freelancer
Patrick Kennedy's '93 Ford Ranger Splash
October 2008 Cover Truck: Splash of Merc

Seeing as I'm old I tend to really enjoy all the old-school stuff. The interior on Patrick's Ranger, especially the center console, was just plain pimp. Overall, a very well built ride.

Josh Fleetwood - MT Freelancer
Christopher "Eli" Griffin's '92 Mazda B2200
January 2008 Cover Truck: Reincarnation II

It was hard to pick just one truck out this year, but Eli's Mazda is the one truck that no matter how many times I've seen it, I always have to stop and look at it again. His truck can hang with some of the best street rods. Eli and the guys at Twin States Customs did great work on every part of this Mazda; the paint, interior, and chassis are all as clean as you can get, and the stroker motor really gets your attention.

Phil Fowler - MT Freelancer
Kyle Bertsch's '93 Toyota Pickup
August 2008 Cover Truck: Bertschwood

It's hard to pick my favorite truck every year, but something about this Toyota just stood out to me. I love the color, and the truck is overall just badass! It's nice to see minis rolling on billets and I really think that makes the difference in a truck. So hats off to you Kyle, you built one kickass truck and I hope to see it in person someday!

Joe Greeves - MT Freelancer
Patrick Kennedy's '93 Ford Ranger Splash
October 2008 Cover Truck: Splash of Merc

I saw this truck at the Southeast Showdown and even though John Jackson's photography was amazing, it was even more exciting in person, glowing in the late afternoon sun. Slammed and rolling on 18s, this multicolored orange truck belonged on the cover.

Jennie Hendrex - MT Freelancer
Zach Quatrevingt's '87 Mazda B2000
July 2008 Cover truck: The Bayou Dawg

I use one word to describe this truck, ballsy! It's an escape from the norm and that is why it gets my vote. I love the look of this truck; it takes me back to high school. I was surprised how clean this truck really is when I saw it in person. Even though it has that "dirty" look you can probably eat off of any surface of it. Great lookin' truck, awesome work!

John Jackson - MT Freelancer
Patrick Kennedy's '93 Ford Ranger Splash
October 2008 Cover Truck: Splash of Merc

This truck is truly what minitruckin' is all about. Pat has driven this truck to more shows on the East Coast than most trailered trucks have seen. Not to mention the coolness factor of the old Mustang dash that was installed way before it was the cool thing to do in custom trucks. Some have joked about the truck being the Cingular truck because of its orange color, and the fact that Pat has been in more bars in more states than anyone else.

Johnny O - MT Freelancer
Christopher "Eli" Griffin's '92 Mazda B2200
January 2008 Cover Truck: Reincarnation II

Eli's Mazda represents what a true modern minitruck should be; clean, simple, and classy. Two-tone paint, deep-dish wheels, a motor swap, and hot rod inspired interior.

2008 Show Of The Year

Mike Alexander - MT Editor
Havoc Kentucky
Bowling Green, KY

As the work load of running the magazine keeps me in the office more than I would like, I wasn't able to get to as many shows as I had hoped to attend in 2008. Scrapin' The Coast was amazing and definitely deserved the Show of the Year trophy they received last year, much props to Greg and his crew. This year, the HAVOC show tour is really leading the way when it comes to an all truck show. HAVOC added a new stop on the HAVOC tour in Fresno and the show was killer, with on-site tattooing. This year the Kentucky show in Bowling Green was amazing! The quality is insane, with feature and cover trucks everywhere you look. I look forward to seeing what this show brings us next year!

Galen Armenta - MT Associate Editor
Forbidden Fantasy Show and Shine
Perris, CA

I know that I might catch a few emails as to why I chose this show. If you don't know, I have been a member of Forbidden since '98 and have been a part of this show for all 11 years. The attendance for the last eight years has been more than 700 vehicles, and over 10,000 people. The show pulls vehicles from as far North as Canada and from Texas in the East; not to mention people fly in for this show from all over the country to attend one of California's largest shows.

Chris Pasley - MT Art Director
Midwest Camp 'N Drag
Waveland, IN

Being an Art Director, I spend most of my time...wait all of my time, here in the office trying to create the best Mini Truck magazine on the shelves every month. Unfortunately, I don't get to travel to shows like I used too. This year I was only able to make it to a handful of shows and the one that stands out the most was Midwest Camp 'N Drag in Waveland, Indiana. Although it was a first year show and quite small, it brought me back to my roots of small shows where it all began. This show brought West Coast style and Midwest hospitality to this small town and there were no complaints from show-goers and residents alike who enjoyed the whole weekend. This show is definitely on it's way to being one of the great shows of the Midwest.

Ernie Macias - MT Freelancer
Relaxed Atmosphere All Star Event
Millington, TN

When it comes to shows it's always hard to pick just one, but the RA show this year brought it! With unprecedented quality, this show really is a must not miss!

Joel Sadenwasser - 2007 Truck of the Year Winner
Resolutions
Blythe, CA

As this show was held after last year's votes were cast, and even though it was one for the record books and still tied for Show of the Year 2007, I had to vote for it again this year (yes, it was that good)! As the Grandfather of all truck runs came to an end, we were all saddened. It was a weekend full of amazing rides, friends, very little sleep, and memories that will last a life time. Thanks again Bob Hase and the Sunset crew!

Brandon Burrell
Slammin' & Jammin'
Lebanon, TN

This year's event was laid back, yet still packed with plenty of fresh feature worthy rides. There were plenty of things to do and see and I actually shot more features at this show than I ever have before. That alone shows the quality of rides attending this event.

Justin Cross - MT Freelancer
Scrapin' The Coast
Biloxi, MS

The guys putting on this show are putting it on for the love of the game, pure and simple. They are constantly looking to improve it and they bring it new and improved every single year.

Josh Fleetwood - MT Freelancer
Relaxed Atmosphere's All Star Event
Millington, TN

It may not be the largest show that I attended this year but the quality of the Relaxed Atmosphere's All Star Event is what makes it such a great show. Everything about the show is amazing; the trucks, the vendors, the club games, the night time festivities, and of course what really makes this show, are all the people that come from all over the country! This show is becoming the show that everyone looks forward to close out their summer of truck shows.

Phil Fowler - MT Freelancer
Scr8pefest
Concord, NC

Because this show is just awesome, you couldn't ask for a better crew than Pebble Pushers to put on a show. The location is cool and it attracts a lot of quality rides! I would recommend everyone mark their calendar for this one, it's not one to miss! Keep up the good work Pebble Pushers.

Joe Greeves - MT Freelancer
Southeast Showdown 2008
Anderson, SC

Jon's slogan is: "Great rides, good times, and good friends, in a laid back atmosphere." His goal of "Reuniting the show scene for what really matters" says it all. In addition, his idea of a $1,000 cash prize for the Best Debuting Truck ensures there is always something new and exciting to photograph.

Jennie Hendrex - MT Freelancer
Pandemonium 2008
Buhlow Lake, LA

On-site camping, awesome location, slip-n-slides, awesome friends, partying and dragging without cops, go-karting; simply put, it was Pandemonium! Hands down it was the best time I had working in 2008. And it was for a great cause too. If you only make one show in 2009, this is the one to be at; promoter BJ "Burley" Mills really knocked this one out of the park!

John Jackson - MT Freelancer
Southeast Showdown 2008
Anderson, SC

This year Southeast Showdown went head to head with two other shows and it still pulled big numbers, quality rides, and on top of that the promoter, Jon Fulmer had a heart attack that he is still recovering from. This show has proven to be a great show year after year with cash payouts for best debuting ride (this year's winner was Jamie Tiffany's D-50) and a trophy for sportsmanship called the Fallen Brother's trophy that goes to someone who is in the scene for all the right reasons, which went to the crew from Driveway Werks.

Johnny O - MT Freelancer
Relaxed Atmosphere All Star Event
Millington, TN

Quality, quality, quality! Enough said!


2008 Club Of The Year

Mike Alexander - MT Editor
No Regrets

Friends or not, this is by far one of the best clubs out there today! This year was the very first year that the NR crew scored more than one cover shoot, and they were at every single show representing in a major way. Their "no drama" and family environment is what minitruckin' is all about. These guys are truly great people, amazing friends, and minitruckers through and through.

Galen Armenta - MT Associate Editor
Relaxed Atmosphere

There are so many great clubs that could be considered for this award and I have many friends in a number of these clubs. But I weighed all the pros of each, and RA had a few more than other clubs I had in mind. In addition to the two cover trucks this year, the club also threw two shows this year; The All Star Event and Relaxin' In SoCal, with talk of a third show for the '09 year. Finally, the support. I have witnessed so many RA members attend shows where they have had to catch a flight or drive for days to go to.

Chris Pasley - MT Art Director
No Regrets

No Regrets has grown to be one of the great clubs in our scene today. They roll hard to shows and live minitrucks day in and day out. No Regrets has grown to be worldwide having chapters in Australia, Japan, and even New Zealand. In fact, what most people don't know about NR is that they had a Japan chapter before most of their other chapters. NR also stepped up this year with two cover trucks, which is a first for the club. This club has grown significantly in its eight years and deserves to be recognized for it's hard work and dedication.

Joel Sadenwasser - 2007 Truck of the Year Winner
No Regrets

After moving next door to Ernie Macias, I knew right away that these guys are an amazing group of friends and minitruckers. Even though I'm a member of another club they welcomed me with open arms at all their parties and meets. There's no drama with these dudes and they all really help push each other and help with everyone's rides.

Brandon Burrell - MT Freelancer
Relaxed Atmosphere

They have made a big impression at all the shows I've attended in 2008. They seem to be coming out with not only new rides, but cover quality rides that are top notch every single year.

Justin Cross - MT Freelancer
Acrophobia

It's still, and always has been, one of the best clubs out there. They're super friendly, they always bring clean rides, and are always a blast to hang with.

Josh Fleetwood - MT Freelancer
Relaxed Atmosphere

Well the same reason I joined this club is the same reason I am voting for Relaxed Atmosphere for club of the year. The members are great people; it's just like having another family. Not only are they at all the shows no matter how big or small, but they also give back to the minitruckin' community by putting on two major shows during the year and are looking to add a third one next year. As far as the quality of the clubs rides goes, what else can you say, their not the "Nations Finest" for nothing, you almost can't pick up an issue with out seeing one of their trucks in it.

Phil Fowler - MT Freelancer
Cali Style

I chose Cali Style this year because they have got to be the coolest crew I interact with here on the East Coast. When you think of a family, these guys are it. Whether its helping a friend when he is down, or helping each other on their trucks, you can count on these guys! They also throw a toy drive in the off season to benefit a bunch of families. Not to mention their trucks are enough to make you happy in the pants! When they're new rides debut, mark my words, there will be a bucket near each one of them to collect the drool! It's hard to pick a club for this award so keep it up Cali Style, you're a cool ass crew and I'm glad to know you.

Joe Greeves - MT Freelancer
Mini Madness

One of the oldest clubs in Florida continues to produce the longest running and largest club-sponsored event in the state, Slamfest. The club, with its membership mix of experience and youthful vitality, always pulls together as a group, and they are tireless when it comes to putting on a first class show. Active in the community, the club donates part of the proceeds from their annual event to charity.

Jennie Hendrex
No Regrets

These guys came out like the Mob in 2008 and I was rather frightened; they were everywhere! They were at every show I was at and they rolled in deep and brought out the kind of quality trucks that will bring a tear to your eye. Keep it up fellas!

John Jackson - MT Freelancer
Damage Inc

It's always been my thing every year to vote for the little guy, but also a club that you see at every show that shows up to support the scene. This year is no exception, and my vote goes to the guys at Damage Inc. because they roll some really clean trucks, and roll deep to a lot of Texas shows. Look for more out of these guys in truck magazines everywhere.

Johnny O - MT Freelancer
No Regrets

I remember when NR was just a small SoCal. club, dotting the show scene with their trademark star on the back window. Now the club has grown to an international success with chapters in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. These guys embrace all things minitruckin', from old school style to new trends, and come in force to support local shows and the scene world wide.


Best Of 2008 Winners

Truck

This year's best of the best goes to Christopher "Eli" Griffin's '92 Mazda B2200 for it's classic styling cues, mixed with the modern minitruck. This year's votes were close with a few runner ups, including the amazingly detailed Toyota from Japan, Patrick's sick Ranger, and Kyle's homebuilt 'Yota.

Show
Relaxed Atmosphere All Star Event truly hits "All Star" status! Congrats for putting on one of the highest quality shows we've ever seen. Keep up the great work; you know we'll be back year after year.

Club
Officially joining the ranks of "the big three" we can welcome No Regrets to the table! Not only was it the first year that NR had more than one cover truck, but they also broke Severed Ties "Lowest Club" nine-year streak at the Forbidden Fantasy show. Congratulations guys on a job well done, we look forward to the friendly competition! You guys truly deserve this honor for your years of hardcore support for the scene. We know there are many more years, and many more amazing rides to come. See you at the shows world wide!

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