The 2009 magazine year marked only one full year after Mini Truckin' magazine's 20-year Anniversary, yet it seems like 100 years looking at the evolution of the trucks coming our way.

With some amazing cover shoots celebrating some of the best trucks ever built, 2009 was one of our best years yet. But that's how it goes every year; we only get better with age! This year Colorado Custom built the killer trophies awarding each winner with a steering wheel that they could bolt up to their rides to show off their accomplishments. To see more of Colorado Customs' steering wheel line, visit ColoradoCustom.com.

TRUCK OF THE YEAR

Atsushi Mori's 1996 Toyota Hilux
Mike Alexander - MT Editor
December 2009 Cover Truck: Surgery

Even though there were a ton of amazing trucks built this year, I find myself staring at the amazing December 2009 cover hanging on my wall. Being a huge Toyota fan and drooling over this Toyota build from Japan. Atsushi Mori's 1996 Toyota Hilux is one of the most amazing Toyotas ever built! I'm constantly battling my own inner demons fighting the clean, detailed, and simple side with the no-holds-barred, crazy supper-modded side, and I think this truck really conveys the perfect balance of both. There are so many insane mods, but the classy artwork of Fudemae covers the exterior with the perfect flow that make all these mods work together. The clean detail work throughout the suspension, motor, and interior force me to add this rolling work of art to the short list of my favorite trucks of all time.

Takashi Yashiki's 1996 Nissan Hardbody
Chris Pasley - MT Art Director
December 2009 Feature Truck: Final Destination

It was another great year for top-notch minitrucks such as Jamey Tiffany's super clean D-50 earlier this year, Robby Holt's wicked Blazer, and many others. But nothing in my eyes can come close to Frank's 1996 Nissan Hardbody. Japan shows up fashionably late in our December issue to steal my vote away with its immaculate detail, clean lines, and overall killer appearance.

Atsushi Mori's 1996 Toyota Hilux
Chad Cooper - Staff Editor
December 2009 Cover Truck: Surgery

This blue Toyota from Japan has a ton of sheetmetal work and is truly amazing! It captured the clean and simple look with an elegance and style that could only be considered modern-day art. This is one truck that I really want to see in person and it has my vote for Truck of the Year.

Jamey Tiffany's 1988 Dodge D-50
Ernie Macias - Staff Editor
April 2009 Cover Truck: Live For This

For me, the truck of the year is easily Jamie's D-50. And no, not just because it's the next best thing to a Mitsubishi, but also because I know first hand how much work goes into building one of these things. I've seen Jamey's truck come a long way in a few years and he is very deserving of the honors of Truck of the Year.

Jeremy Rice's 1987 Mazda B2200
Ben Da Pirate - Staff Editor
August 2009 Feature Truck: Mr. Clean

My pick was a tough one, but I'm going with Jeremy's 1987 Mazda B2000. It has everything I look for in a mini: wow factor, cleanliness, and detail to the hilt! "Mr. Clean" proved that you don't need to be super flashy to gain all the attention.

Atsushi Mori's 1996 Toyota Hilux
Johnny O - MT Freelancer
December 2009 Cover Truck: Surgery

It's amazing that some of the best vehicles of all time get built during a worldwide recession, and sometimes you need to search worldwide to find a winner. My vote has to go to the Outer Limits Toyota from Japan. This truck gave me a hard on when it was still in primer and now that it's covered from nose to tail with flawless double-stacked flames, I'll never need Viagra again.

Robby Hohlt's 2002 Chevy Blazer
Brandon Burrell - MT Freelancer
August 2009 Cover Truck: Red Hot Blazer

With all of the different high-end trucks out there this year it was hard to pick only one. I chose Robby Hohlt's 2002 Chevy Blazer. This truck was cover-worthy from the first time I laid eyes on it. It is the complete package with every inch of the truck customized.

Josh Rousseau's 1993 Toyota Pickup
Josh Fleetwood - MT Freelancer
June 2009 Cover: Rail it

Gnarly is the only word that comes to mind when looking at Josh's Toyota. The amount of craftsmanship in this truck is incredible. From the chop top to the custom-made intake, there is so much work done to it and at a mere 42 inches tall, it is just awesome. Then to have to re-do almost half of the truck just before the shoot because he got rear-ended is another story that shows his dedication.

Jamey Tiffany's 1988 Dodge D-50
Phil Fowler - MT Freelancer
April 2009 Cover Truck: Live For This

I have waited for quite some time for this thing to be done! I've been watching the build for awhile and Jamey didn't disappoint with the final product. This truck is super clean and it's got it all. Jamey added a lot of really cool stuff like the roof rack, the gas door in the extra cab, and the body line in the back of the bed. He made this truck stand out and each show you saw a little more until he unleashed the final product, and all I can say is WOW!

Gunner Bailey's 1997 Toyota Tacoma
Jennie Hendrex - MT Freelancer
September 2009 Cover Truck: Extreme Taco

Who is surprised that I voted for another Toyota? Nobody should be as I am a self-proclaimed Toyota fan and this one is incredible! Just clean as hell from front to back and everywhere in between. I only wish two things: 1. This guy lived on the East Coast and 2. That he left the keys in it! Beautiful truck for sure-I would drive the wheels off of it!

Jamey Tiffany's 1988 Dodge D-50
John Jackson - MT Freelancer
April 2009 Cover Truck: Live For This

Getting to travel all over this year not only shooting minitruck events but also hot rod and bike events has given me a new-found appreciation to the detail it takes to build a show-stopping minitruck. This year only one truck comes to mind when you mention attention to detail, and that's why my vote goes to Jamie Tiffany from Driveway Werks.

SHOW OF THE YEAR

Mike Alexander - MT Editor
Tex Mex 2009
Somerville, Texas

As the workload of running this magazine keeps me in the office more and more every year, I wasn't able to get to as many shows as I would've liked. This year was an extremely difficult one to choose with Bob Hase bringing back one of our staple river runs, West Coast Nationals. This is definitely an awesome show and a great time! But for 2009 the road trip to Texas for the Tex Mex show was absolutely indescribable. We drove 48 hours to have 24 hours of fun but it was absolutely worth every cramped mile listening to Max ramble on about steering Ackerman, because upon our arrival at the show we were all blown away! With over 2,300 vehicles in attendance and a crowd reaching maximum occupancy, this show was one of the best shows I've attended in over 15 years!

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

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but in this case it does. Lightning being my vote, as I must cast it once again to Camp-N-Drag for show of the year. This show almost tripled in size its second consecutive year. The show's atmosphere creates fun for all ages day and night, and is very laid back. Open to anyone who is willing to barbeque, see some cool trucks, and kick back with some old friends. This is a must-attend Midwest show.

Chad Cooper - Staff Editor
West Coast Nationals
Parker, Arizona

Best of the year show has to be West Coast Nats. I started my life in the minitruckin' world at these river runs back in the early '90s. Back when Spring Splash, West Coast Nats, Endless Summer, and others kept us busy throughout the summer just having fun showing our rides and soaking up the rays. To have the chance to return to a park that I never thought would let us back in is worth everything for me! Thanks Bob for working hard to make this amazing show happen again.

Ernie Macias - Staff Editor
West Coast Nationals
Parker, Arizona

I can't believe that it's already that time again. My pick for show of the year is going to West Coast Nationals. Any event thrown by Bob Hase and the rest of the Sunset crew is always a blast, as these guys really know how to put on an event. I've told Bob Hase that when he stops putting on shows the scene is probably going to die. Since he got rid of Reso I really have to thank him for bringing back West Coast Nationals, and look forward to many more river runs on the West Coast.

Ben Da Pirate - Staff Editor
Tex Mex 2009
Somerville, Texas

My pick for show of the year was for one I didn't even attend: Tex Mex. After checkin' out all the show coverage, and not to mention the countless inebriated phone calls of why I should have been there, it definitely gets my pick as one of the best up-and-coming shows.

Johnny O - MT Freelancer
West Coast Nationals
Parker, Arizona

Everyone loves a comeback. When New Kids on the Block reunited we all took a collective sigh, oh wait no we didn't (well maybe you did but I sure as hell didn't). Any how, Bob Hase brought back West Coast Nationals from a decade worth of dead and cut through a lot of red tape to bring minitruckers back to La Paz. The result was an epic comeback, and Bob Hase is unstoppable.

Brandon Burrell - MT Freelancer
Slamily Reunion
Fort Smith, Arkansas

This year I got to travel out of my normal area of coverage and check out a new show, Slamily Reunion in Fort Smith, Arkansas. This was a first-year show put on by Robby from KEG Media, who has been involved in the scene for quite some time now. The show was laid back with a ton of vendors, a bar/restaurant on-site, and it was only a couple miles from the hotels. One thing that set this show apart is the fact that it had several high-end street rods, some worth over $250,000 parked right alongside a mild minitruck dragger. It was cool to hang out at an event that had the best of both worlds!

Josh Fleetwood - MT Freelancer
Slamily Reunion
Fort Smith, Arkansas

This one was tough for me because I didn't know you can have this much fun without going to jail. The one show that had everything was Slamily Reunion. Robbie Bryant pulled in almost 400 rides-high-quality rides in a first-year show in an area where nothing like that ever goes on. The show also had a lot of good food, activities, vendors and great friends new and old, all held in a town where the night life does not shut down until 5 am and things can get real fun.

Phil Fowler - MT Freelancer
Envy Frenzy
Kingston, New York

This year I chose Envy Frenzy brought to us by Made 2 Envy out of Kingston, New York. This show is one kickass time. The show is hosted by a bunch of down-to-earth minitruckers and held at the Rondout Waterfront. The Made 2 Envy guys get the whole town involved, shutting down the road and allowing a slew of rides and people to take over and just hang out. They have a legal drag session, burnout contest, and a drive-in movie projected on a huge screen under the bridge. If you're ever in the New York area looking for a show, be sure to swing through and check this one out.

Jennie Hendrex - MT Freelancer
Scrapin' The Coast
Biloxi, Mississippi

I have been attending this show for many years and have always known it to be a monster. But in 2009, this show didn't just fill its cup, it ran over, WAY over. They had their registration about 2 miles down the seawall to help on the traffic control but despite all the room at the coliseum, the fire department shut them down at around noon on Saturday for reaching capacity. That's just crazy! So what did they do? They basically started another showgrounds at the registration area. How many shows can say they had to open up a second location to accommodate their entries? If you have not yet hit this show, then you are missing out!

John Jackson - MT Freelancer
Tex Mex 2009
Somerville, Texas

I finally got to hit a lot of the big ones this year, and can say without a doubt in 2009 Tex Mex was the best show on the planet. It was tough with the RA show showing again this year why it's been the best more than once, but the guys from Severed really threw down the gauntlet for future shows nationwide. The last thing I wanted to do was vote for something that Mike would probably vote for, but hey nobody's perfect.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Mike Alexander - MT Editor
Sunset

Bob Hase should be a household name by now. As receipient of our MT Hall of Fame award and show promoter extraordinaire, Bob has done more for our scene than most combined. This year marked Sunset's thirty-year anniversary and their very first MT cover truck. Not only is Sunset making a huge splash in the scene with new vehicle builds, Bob and his Sunset crew brought back one of the most memorable river runs of all time. West Coast Nationals is a premier event and we hope it will be around for years to come along with the entire Sunset crew.

Chris Pasley - MT Art Director
Aftermath

Aftermath has been slowly gaining force as a crew to be reckoned with, and this year with Jevon's Blue Ranger landing a cover spot on MT they have made their mark permanently. They bring quality rides and are definitely a club to keep an eye on!

Chad Cooper - Staff Editor
Relaxed Atmosphere

Wow this is a hard one as so many clubs deserve this for so many things. But for me it comes down to what club made the biggest impact on the scene in the year. I know before I even say it, yes Relaxed Atmosphere has been club of the year before but they came out this year with three shows Relaxing in So Cal, Relaxin at the Rock, and of course the All Star Event. Every year they push their impact in the scene a little more with new shows and of course new amazing rides that never fail to impress. I can't wait to see what they have in the works for next year.

Ernie Macias - Staff Editor
Sittin' Pretti

This year my pick for club of the year goes to Sittin' Pretti, a club with deep roots in the minitruck scene. This North West club not only has some of the cleanest trucks on the Left Coast, but they also are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. And who can forget the fact that they put on the North West's biggest one-day show, Summer Slam.

Ben Da Pirate - Staff Editor
Aftermath

My pick for club of the year is Aftermath. Their dedication to the minitruckin' world has definitely shown this year with all the super clean rides they've been pumping out, not to mention the sick cover truck Ranger. They are definitely proving their status as one of the Nation's finest clubs

Johnny O - MT Freelancer
Aftermath

Different contributors will vote on this several different ways. I vote based on the amount of feature and cover trucks that hit the magazines each year, and without a doubt this year's winner is Aftermath. Covers and features that scream quality, not just quantity.

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.

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.

Josh Fleetwood - MT Freelancer
Definite Obsessions

My vote goes to Definite Obsessions. They may not be one of the largest clubs that is in the scene but they really contribute to the minitruckin' world. I can honestly say I saw them at every show I was at this year from the biggest 3-day truck runs to the smallest of the one-day hot rod shows. Also they put on a great show called Sparks in the Ozarks, and all the proceeds go to help a great cause.

Phil Fowler - MT Freelancer
Grounded For Life

Each Year when I am asked this question I think how do you pick who was the best club of the year? Is it the number and quality of rides or the number of features and covers? I'm going to go with how much you support the scene! Grounded for Life does just that, they are at all the shows no matter how big or small. They come out in big numbers, taking club participation at just about every event. Not to mention, they have a bunch of sweet rides! This club is made up of a bunch of great guys that would help you out in a minute if you were in a jam. As far as rides go, trust me and stay tuned to the pages of MT, as they have some sweet trucks coming up! Be sure to check out grounded4life.org and give these guys some props.

Jennie Hendrex - MT Freelancer
Acrophobia

Another one of those clubs you can't escape! They are literally everywhere and with two killer shows in their line-up each year (Southeast Showdown and the infamous East Coast Bowling Nationals), they have a lot on their plates and still manage to kick out some of the nicest rides in the scene. Add all that in with them being some of the coolest guys and gals you will ever meet and you have one killer club.

John Jackson - MT Freelancer
Driveway Works

I always seem to wind up voting for the little guys, and this year is no exception. I have always been impressed with the combined efforts of the Lowkey/Driveway Werks guys. With only a couple of chapters they have rolled out some of the best trucks lately. Look for more out of them in 2010.

BEST OF 2009 WINNERS

Truck
This year's Truck of the Year is a tie being awarded to both Jamey Tiffany and his amazingly detailed D-50 and Atsushi Mori's one-of-a-kind Toyota Hilux from Japan. This year's votes were tough and both of these trucks are the perfect examples of minitrucks pushing the limits of customization worldwide.

Show
Show of the Year for 2009 is also another tie! Both West Coast Nationals and Tex Mex were big hits in 2009 and came out swinging big as two river runs that have the attention of show-goers nationwide. We look forward to seeing what 2010 holds.

Club
Each year the club vote is so tough that this is the one category that some of our staff finds themselves not wanting to cast a vote. It's not just how many features or covers you get, it's not just about the quality or number of rides a club has, everyone votes for a club that really stood out in their minds for different reasons. And this year having a cover truck and plenty of sick feature trucks along with a great attitude, Aftermath is the newest club to earn the Club of the Year trophy. Congrats guys, looking forward to seeing what you bring to the table the next few years as we hear rumors of some pretty big plans!

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