the habits, attitudes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.
In this case, minitruckers!
Word On The Street
In our March issue, Max Fish posed the question in his column whether or not minitruckin' is a scene or a lifestyle. We've been getting lots of responses from readers all over the country, so we thought we'd share the feedback for all to read.
"I find minitruckin' to be a little bit of everything. It's almost like a community, so I would say it can be both a lifestyle and a scene. It takes all types to keep it going, from the people who built the trucks, people who sell the parts, to the people who own them or the people who support the owners. There are different lifestyles within the scene. In general, a lot of people build a truck to show it off. Just because you don't own one or want one, doesn't mean you can't enjoy admiring them.
"I live in a house with members of five different minitruck/car clubs, so I see a lot of diversity in my house alone. For some, it's a lifestyle. For others, it is a hobby or a place to socialize. The type of minitrucker you are or are not will also define how you see minitruckin'. For example, some of us in the house put our hearts and souls into our trucks and not a day goes by that we are not either working on the truck or finding ways to improve them. Everyone in the house considers themselves part of minitruckin' no matter which category they fall into.
"Personally, minitrucker or non-minitrucker, if you like trucks, whether you like to build them or just appreciate them, then you are a part of 'minitruckin'."
"As far as the scene or lifestyle I read about, for those of us who do this for a living and love what we do, we see it as a scene here on the East Coast, and everyone will probably beg to differ. I've been getting the mag since I was 13-I used to live and breathe it. I think you get a lot of young guys that go overboard with the idea of what a minitrucker should be. I haven't owned a pair of Dickies in my life and have never worn black socks with shorts, yet I've owned over 10 'bagged rides and have been to almost every truck show around the country. I love everything about minitruckin', but you would never pick me out of a lineup as a so-called minitrucker. What I'm trying to say is that I think the term 'scene' would better describe the more mature individuals, like myself, who enjoy the art that we do and the friendships we make throughout the years attending the shows."
Danny Blaze Designs
Daniel Blase, aka "Danny Blaze", has just finished his latest rendering: a 4Runner outfitted with one-off Ferrari concept wheels, an IRS from an '84 Ferrari 400I, 355 Ferrari brakes, and paddle shifters from RetroTek Speed. This is Daniel's personal project, and construction should be starting sooner than later. Keep on the lookout for this one.
Not Just Another "Dear Mini Truckin'"
"I have been a subscriber for many years with you guys. You put out a great magazine. I am a minitrucker myself, having owned minitrucks for over 30 years. On December 1, 2010, I turned 58 years young and celebrated the first day of my retirement while sitting down on the islands relaxing. Nobody is ever too old to be a minitrucker! Enclosed is a photo of me reading the Best of Mini Truckin' 2010 magazine. It just doesn't get better than this!