Hello, and welcome to another jam-packed edition of The Hot Seat. In case you missed last month's story, each month we take a person who has been a vital part, a mentor, or made some significant impact in the scene, and expose him or her and make them blush for your reading enjoyment.
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This month, we bring you Jerry Lewis, the guy responsible for the Relaxed Atmosphere All Star Show and long-time minitruck veteran. If you don't know him yet, you're about to know it all!
Full Name: Jerry Lewis
Age: Old enough to know better
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Current Residence: Memphis, Tennessee
Daily Driver: 1994 Ford Zippy
Who Are You?: I'm just me.
Q: What is in your toilet tower/lavatory library? Be honest, not the obvious ones like Mini Truckin', we want to know about the US Weekly, the Better Homes & Gardens and the Luscious Large Woman mags.
A: Pretty much just car and truck mags, oh and a People mag that someone else must have left behind.
Q. Do you have any tattoos?
A: Yeah, I have a few. They're mostly car culture and Vegas-themed tats.
Q: What is your favorite show of all time?
A: It's too hard for me to pick just one because all of them have something different to offer, and I've been to so many good ones over the years. I guess I should shamelessly promote our show, The All Star Event, but I enjoy seeing everyone at all of the shows that I attend with my club.
Q: What got you into the minitruck scene?
A: Self interest, really. No one else in my family has ever been into cars or trucks. A bunch of friends in the late '80s were into minitrucks and it just kind of stuck all these years.
Q: Now the fun stuff! Are you actually on the Mini Truckin' staff? We hear you have a killer "staff only" jacket?
A: No, not officially. I have had some really good friends who were and some that still are. I guess I've just been around too long. I actually can't even remember where the jacket came from; it's been a staple in my closet for over a decade!
Q: You are the ringleader of one of the biggest shows of the year: Relaxed Atmosphere's All Star Event. How much work does that entail?
A: It is truly a labor of love. I will say this, if you're thinking of putting on a show, think again. It's very intense and there is so much involved that it takes more time and work than I ever imagined. We (Relaxed Atmosphere) wanted to throw a party and a car show just happened to break out! Seriously, we just wanted to put on a show that everyone would have a good time at while they were there. The people that come to our show we consider friends, and we try to accommodate all the clubs with their own parking/partying areas. We measure our success by our participants' happiness and willingness to come back. But we also wanted to give something back, that's why we chose the A.L.S. Foundation as our charity to support.
Q. Have you ever thrown up in an ashtray? Say, perhaps, at Casino Royale?
A: OK, let me set the record straight. Wednesday night during SEMA week in Vegas is the night that all the big clubs get together at the circle bar in the Hard Rock Hotel and have a few adult beverages. Me and some ///RA family members and a couple of NC guys left the circle bar at 7:45 a.m., and I must have had some bad shellfish because later the same day there was this lonely ash tray/garbage can that needed company and I gave it a quick "tune-up." Now anyone who's partied at SEMA knows where I'm coming from on this one. P.S. I hate you Juan!