January 1992 Volume 6 Number 1

While doing a bit of dreaded school shopping for the kids this season, I noticed that the ’80s and ’90s have officially made a comeback—everything from neon-colored clothing to Oakley Razor Blade look-alikes. One particular rack of clothing caught my eye. It was filled with a collage of squiggles, geometric shapes, paint splatters, and neon tubes. All of the color combos and shapes reminded me of a truck from years ago but I couldn’t place the issue much less the make and model.

Later that evening, I found myself at home digging through my archives trying to find it. An hour or so later, I found myself staring at “COLOR BLAST!,” an ’87 Mazda B2200 decked out in neon colors and a multi-layered graphic paint scheme. Ten-plus colors, which included a plethora of designs including broken stones, tears, drips, neon tubes, mosaics, drips, and splashes all below a bright turquoise base. After staring at the paint scheme for a bit, I could only imagine the miles of tape, masking paper and endless headaches to pull of such an eclectic mix of colors and schemes. Mixing all those colors on a clothing rack for one outfit—not a good idea. Mixing them on this truck—pure radness!

Before that wild and crazy paint was laid down, a few classy touches were added to the exterior. The stationary roof was replaced with a hard top convertible kit. The molded-in ground effects, along with a c-notched rear and air shocks brought the truck’s appearance lower to the asphalt. Other mods included a louvered treatment on the tailgate, wiper cowl, gas door and tailgate skin, and the door handles, emblems, keyholes, and trim were shaved to streamline the graphic treatment. A set of 15-inch Enkei wheels, 195/50/15 BFG Euro TAs, frenched antenna, and headlight and taillight covers complete the exterior’s menu of mods. The interior was wrapped in two-tone gray and carries into the bed, which was packed full of stereo equipment, something we don’t see much of anymore.

Is it a curse that a bunch of dizzying, day glow shirts can take us back to a place and time in our obsessions? Trends come and go in minitruckin’, just as they do in fashion, but seeing these trends reemerge in places like clothing makes me wonder if these trends will resurface in the world of custom trucks (or custom vehicles in general). One can only wonder.

Until next time, build your truck to be original not acceptable.