Let's talk about a club that we've all heard about, seen around, or had a beer or ten with. Freaks of nature have always been the "freaks" in the scene.
They are generally the pierced, tattooed, dyed, loud-mouthed, strange-vehicled, and strange-behaving group of friends and family who share a common bond. Their support of the scene is evident at any run or show as they come from coast to coast in droves and they take home quite a few Club Participation trophies throughout the year. What started with a few "Freaks" in Vegas has grown to be one of the biggest clubs in the world in just over 13 years. With 43 chapters and 342 members around the United States, Canada, Australia, and even a solo member who shipped his truck to Portugal, these lifestyle minitruckers are here to stay. They are always hanging out and welcome everyone with open arms to party with them and talk minitrucks or just tell stories with friends around the fire. Like many of the clubs that have been around for awhile, Freaks of Nature have been through their highs and lows. With the loss of friends and family, through it all they have always remained a family with old-school minitruckin roots. Though not every member drives a minitruck, they all consider themselves minitruckers and do everything they can to support our scene.
History of Club:
Shannon Van Der Aa had an idea that clubs could be done differently and hopefully better. He wanted to provide a place where good friends could make great memories and be a part of something fun. With that idea and a few good friends, what started as a few soon grew into a family of lifestyle minitruckers nationwide.
How It All Started:
Shannon moved to Vegas from the East Coast scene and was looking for a place where he fit in. He never really found a club that fit his unique style and outlook. So with the help of Corey Lewis, he started what has become one of the most recognized minitruck-based clubs around. Over the years and with the help of members like Whiz, Fat Jap, Jason, and Cindy, they are stronger than ever and growing day by day.
What Does The Future Hold?
The Freaks of Nature future can best be described as a growing tree with branches spreading out across the world. They're growing worldwide to find fellow minitruckers; fellow Freaks of Nature-minitruckers that are dedicated to this lifestyle and family.
Chick minitruckers are more than welcome with the Freaks.
Freaks representing at the East Coast Bowling Nationals.
Date Founded: May 1996
Number of Chapters: 44
Total Number of Members: approx. 350
Main Contact: Whiz or Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
* FON took home Club Participation on the West Coast and the East Coast on the same day (Spring Heat, CA and Unite, FL 2007).
* They have won Club Participation at almost every major West Coast show.
* Freaks Of Nature was the first club to bump Severed Ties out of their 10-year reign for Club Participation at Reso and held it for three years.
* Going on a five-year Club Participation reign at the Art of Noize show.
A fairly common sight for the Freaks.
The East Coast Freaks have put on Summer Showdown, GA for the past four years. Every year a different charity receives funds donated by the Freaks. Those charities include the Houston A.S.P.C.A, Save the Ta-Tas Foundation, Houston County Head Start Program, and the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. They hosted the three-day run Freak Fest for two years showcasing over fifty bands, hundreds of minitrucks, and thousands of spectators. The Freak Out one-day show in Albuquerque, NM is another up-and-coming show to hit the scene. Freaks also host many local one-day shows, cruise nights, and events in their areas. Within their club and the minitruck community, they have raised money to help support the families of members and friends that have passed. They are always there to lend a hand to friends and family regardless of what logo they have on their vehicle.
For the last four years about thirty members and their families enjoy a Mexico cruise together to celebrate the club anniversary. They also throw an annual Christmas party and Freak Fest for Thanksgiving. They always find a way to have a great time at every event they attend, host, or just happen to end up at. So if you ever find yourself around a Freaks camp, make sure to stop in for a visit. They don't bite-unless you ask nicely.
Like most clubs that have been around for this long, there is loss of friends and family. Recently a longtime friend, Trina Thomas, passed away and they got together to host a benefit show to help her family in their time of need. They've even collected funds to help pay for members to come home for the holidays to be with friends and family. One of their members and his new family was affected by Hurricane Katrina, and they got together to send his family a donation to help ease the financial burden in an already bad situation. It's times like these that can truly test the friendships and bonds that club members share, but the ability to survive the tough times and celebrate the great times makes them what they are.
Clubs Most Important Characteristic:
They are living the lifestyle daily. They don't chase magazines or trophies; they're just good ol' fashioned minitruckers! They have club members in all four branches of the military. Thanks to all of you for what you do and what you have done to keep us minitruckin' freely. They really emphasize family and closeness, as many of them have kids that they are bringing into the scene. One of their sayings is "We should all be able to look to our brother or sister for help, a friend, or a drinking buddy." The unwritten rule of a Freak Of Nature is that you can call upon any freak 24/7 no matter what part of the country you're in and know that they are there for you.
Some fresh member dedication in progress.
The Freaks are known for their cool cake designs.