Mini Truckin's Year In Review
With another editorial year behind us, and the actual calendar year almost up, we picked our brains, as well as those of our freelance writers from across the country, to vote for the trucks, shows, and clubs that rose to the top in 2010.

As always, it was tough for each and every one of us to select just one "Best Of" from each category, because 2010 proved to be another great year for the minitruckin' community. Congrats to all who took home the top picks, and much respect to all those who weren't mentioned in the following pages. Thanks to all for an unforgettable year.

We'd like to open up the polls to our readers as well, so please cast your votes for the candidates on our online poll being held at minitruckinweb.com.

Without further ado, here are our top selections for 2010. Drumroll please....

Truck Of The Year
Freelancer: Brandon Burrell
Selection: Twisted Metal
Picking this year's top truck award was pretty easy. My vote goes to Dave Prater's '82 Toyota/Blazer Twisted Metal. Being this is one of those iconic trucks, it was a no brainer that I picked it. It is truly one of the craziest builds ever done.

Freelancer: Jason "Pugz" Walker
Selection: Irregular Cab
This year, I'd have to go with Ron Perkins' 1995 Nissan Frontier Irregular Cab. The build quality, the amount of mods, and the crazy suspension setup all equal a build to remember. There aren't too many people willing to cut off the entire extended cab part of their truck, then take the time to finish it out and make it look finished the way the factory should have made it. The truck as a whole is awesome and will always be known as the first, if not the only, regular cab second-gen Frontier to ever be built.

Freelancer: Josh Fleetwood
Selection: Barone's '00 Ranger
I selected Pascal Barone's green 2000 Ford Ranger from the April issue. OK, I know it's not finished but this Ranger is just bad! The engine compartment is a work of art, and with different old-school touches all over the truck, any minitrucker or street rodder would love to have this quality of work done to their ride. I may be a sucker for V-8s and billet wheels, but I know I can't wait to see this Ranger finished up some day.

Freelancer: Adam Dobbs
Selection: Twisted Metal
This one was a tough decision for me, but I chose Twisted Metal. Like many other people, I chose this truck because for the past 15 or so years I have seen pictures of this truck and always wanted to see it completed. The truck was finally finished and it is truly a piece of Mini Truckin' history!

Former MT Editor Mike Alexander
Selection: Twisted Metal
When it comes to picking the very best cover truck, it's always a tough decision. But this year there's one truck among all the others that might not be the craziest, but it certainly holds a ton of history and meaning for me and many other West Coast minitruckers who were around through the '90s show scene. Twisted Metal holds a special place in my heart and it was super cool to see Dave bring Bob Grant's original creation back to life! As I type this, I hear the Toy Blazer might just be making another comeback with a completely new rebuild, so keep your eyes peeled!

Former MT Staffer Chad Cooper
Selection: Irregular Cab
Ron Perkins stepped out of the creative box when he created Irregular Cab, the standard cab Nissan never built. Ron did an amazing job creating this truck that was never meant to be, and for that this cover truck has my vote for the best feature truck of 2010.

Freelancer: Jennie Hendrex
Selection: William "B.J." Boden's '84 Ford Bronco II Flat Ford
OK, now everyone knows that in the past I have only voted for Toyotas since I am a huge fan. However, this year I had to stray to vote for what I thought was one of the baddest things I saw all year. I had the privilege of seeing this in person and it is stunning. I would drive the wheels off it. Great job!

MT Web Producer Monica Thompson
Selection: Irregular Cab
I'm a sucker for single-cab trucks - especially for this particular single-cab truck that Nissan never produced. Talk about the epitome of custom! The King Cab elimination, combined with 24s in front and 26s in back, stock floor bodydrop, Chevy small-block, killer paint, and sick interior all meant I pretty much had to give Irregular Cab my Truck-of-the-Year vote.

MT Art Director Chris Pasley
Selection: Irregular Cab
Have you ever heard that old saying "If you can't remember, it wasn't that important." Well, this is what struck my mind when Editor John Mata Jr. picked my brain for 2010's Truck of the Year. Here at MT headquarters, we see thousands of trucks fly on and off our desks every year and picking one single truck to carry this prestigious title is quite the challenging task. Without even going through previous issues to refresh my memory, one truck stood out to me the most from the past year. This was Ron Perkins July cover truck, the '05 Irregular Cab Nissan Frontier. This truck wins hands down in my book and is a true inspiration to a fellow Frontier owner.

MT Editor John Mata Jr.
Selection: Irregular Cab
Ron Perkins' Frontier has been one of my favorite trucks of 2010 since I first laid eyes on it due to its originality and stellar execution. Plus, I admire how Ron stood up and redesigned Nissan's own truck into a model they should've put into production.

Show Of The Year
Brandon Burrell

Selection: Relaxed Atmosphere All-Star Event
I am picking a show that I have never attended until this year, the Relaxed Atmosphere All-Star Event in Millington, Tennessee. I have tried for years to attend this show and after finally making it this year, I see what all the hype is about. I usually judge how good a show is by how many features I can shoot, and this one is up in my tops of all time.

Jason "Pugz" Walker
Selection: Tex Mex
Show of the Year in my eyes is Tex Mex. The Severed crew did a great job of handling the show and making it great. Despite the weather on Saturday and Sunday, people from all over flocked to the show for the full four days. Thursday and Friday were packed with people just there to hang out and enjoy some time on the lake. Even with a damn near-frozen hurricane coming through on Saturday morning, it didn't deter more people from showing up to play in the mud and wetness. I've said it all year and I'll say it now: best Thursday/Friday show ever. I'll be back next year for 2011 and every year after.

Josh Fleetwood
Selection: S.O.L
S.O.L in Joplin, Missouri. is my vote for Show of the Year. It may not have been the biggest show I went to this year, but it had everything and then some! Lots of cool trucks, tons of good people to hang out with, some really awesome contests and games that were played all weekend, some neato handmade trophies, and, oh yeah, the most crazy bikini contest many have ever seen. Many people are already talking about next year's show and if it can even be topped.

Adam Dobbs
Selection: Lay'd Out At The Park
My vote for Show of the Year goes to Lay'd Out At The Park. This year they pulled in more than 730 vehicles and well over 2,500 spectators - by far the biggest crowd that the show has ever seen! If you have not attended this show yet, mark your calendars for April 8-11, 2011. This is one you do not want to miss!

Mike Alexander
Selection: Summer Slam
I can't really say with certainty what the best show in 2010 was as I had to miss quite a few of the big contenders this year. But what I will say is that Sittin Pretti's Sumer Slam up in Washington is by far the most welcoming minitruck show in the country. It may not be the biggest event, but the great attitude of all the attendees and staff make for one of the best shows of the year, in my mind! Everyone is there to just have a good time and hang out with one another while showing off their latest mods, and it's such a great group of guys and gals. The Northwest really does it for all the right reasons and it shows!

Chad Cooper
Selection: Summer Slam
The best show of 2010 for me hands down is in the Northwest. The members of Sittin Pretti host Summer Slam, a one-day event that if you haven't gone to, you need to. The show truly is one to remember with one-off trophies, great vehicles, and good friends - and the thousands of dollars in raffle prizes doesn't hurt either.

Jennie Hendrex
Selection: Lay'd Out At The Park
What an amazing show! Hands down, this was the easiest year selecting my choice for Show of the Year. Jeffrey Dillard, his amazing wife, and his crew threw one hell of a show that I won't dare miss, and neither should you! It's held in the early spring, so everyone comes out of the woodwork for this one - perfect weather, perfect location, and perfect people. If you can only attend one show in 2011, check this one out so you wont be sorry.

Monica Thompson
Selection: West Coast Nationals
Bob Hase and Sunset do a great job putting together this river run and show. I love the La Paz venue and the vibe. It's a one-of-a-kind event, especially since Reso is no longer around. Yeah, it's hot, but that's what the river is for! From the nighttime cruising, to the camping, to the sunrise boat wake-up calls, my vote for Show of the Year belongs to WCN.

John Mata Jr.
Selection: Showfest
I went to quite a few shows last year from coast to coast, but the one where I found myself having the best time at, despite the overnight flight delays and wet weather, was Showfest. Lots of people came out to support the returning show at its new venue, and having a full service, air-conditioned hotel and casino just steps away from the show is pure genius. I only get one or two opportunities a year to meet up with the friends I've made back east over the years, and being able to see them along with familiar faces from the West made the show that much better.

Club Of The Year
Brandon Burrell
Selection: Relaxed Atmosphere
I usually hate picking this category, but being that they host four shows, and have had a handful of cover trucks and numerous feature trucks this year, my vote has to go to Relaxed Atmosphere. That, and the fact that this is a great group of people to hang around at any event.

Jason "Pugz" Walker
Selection: Aftermath
Aftermath is taking my vote this year. Every show I attended where they were there, they always had a huge turnout of members, super clean trucks, and a good atmosphere around them. The Aftermath members I have met throughout the year have all been good people who are always willing to lend a hand to whoever needs it. They have had benefit shows and BBQs for other members in need, and have attended just about every show that I have seen.

Josh Fleetwood
Selection: Relaxed Atmosphere
Not only do we turn out some the nation's finest rides year in and year out, we give back, too. RA is now putting on four club shows a year, but also many members put on or help with many other shows in and around where they live, with proceeds going to numerous charities.

Adam Dobbs
Selection: Relaxed Atmosphere
I have chosen RA as Club of the Year. They always have some of the most cover quality and top notch rides year after year. Not only does this club make an impact in the scene with their quality vehicles, they hosted four shows this year: Relaxin' on the Bayou, Relaxin' in SoCal, Relaxin' at the Rock, and of course their grand daddy event, the All Star Event! That's why I have picked these guys and gals for Club of the Year.

Mike Alexander
Selection: Forbidden Fantasy
This year, as always, the best club is a tough call because there are tons of clubs out there doing great jobs at contributing positively to what we all know and love. But this year my vote goes to Forbidden Fantasy! Throwing one of the best shows in the country is no easy feat, and this year they also brought their first cover truck to the mix along with some amazing feature trucks that easily could have landed cover spots. These guys work hard every single year, and it's definitely their time to shine!

Chad Cooper
Selection: No Regrets
The Club of the Year for me is No Regrets. This family-oriented truck club has really come out full force this year with many features, cover trucks, and at every event they are there in numbers to support the minitruckin lifestyle. I look forward to seeing what this club can do next year.

Jennie Hendrex
Selection: Relaxed Atmoshphere
Relaxed Atmosphere is made up of some of the greatest guys and gals you will ever meet. Plus, you just can't escape them. They are literally everywhere at every show, in every magazine, and are all over the map. With four killer shows to their name each year, if you can't make at least one, your mama took your car keys. Amazing rides built by amazing people - you just can't ask for more.

Monica Thompson
Selection: No Club
I don't have a Club-of-the-Year vote. My props go out to all of you who aren't in clubs. Perhaps your club is your family, neighbor, or spontaneous group of friends. There's nothing wrong with that! Club affiliation does not make you any more or less of a minitrucker.

Chris Pasley
Selection: Relaxed Atmosphere
Truck clubs are not just a group of friends helping each other build their custom cruisers, or are they? Yes, this is true for the average truck club, but sometimes there is a club that goes above and beyond the rest. These clubs have the most dedicated members, host the best shows, and roll the baddest rides to events all across the USA and abroad. Relaxed Atmosphere is at the top of the list of all these things. I commend the club and can't wait to see what they have in store for us next year.

John Mata
Selection: Tie between Assorted Minis and Mini Madness
2010 marked a big year for both clubs, as they faced adversity and did their best to give the people what they wanted. Assorted resurrected Showfest, a show that is held so dear among those who had the opportunity to enjoy it in Greenville. Mini Madness moved Slamfest this year - a show that celebrated its 19th birthday in 2010 - from Tampa to Gainesville, Florida, which was not a relocation that was taken lightly. With local government looking to line their pockets even more and mico-management from the previous showgrounds increasing with each passing year, the show became more difficult to organize. Instead of throwing in the towel, these two clubs stood up tall and stared down a slow economy and overall hard times by preserving two key events in the minitruck community.

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