I often make a reflection to a certain place or time that sparks the idea for each month's MT Originals article. Each reflection needs to have a connection to my thoughts rather than me throwing a dart at a board each month. This month's subject matter came to me while our 4-year-old son had an in depth conversation with our 17-year-old son about toys and cartoons. Odd how something so random can transport you to a specific place and time, often down to the minute. This time, I found myself reminiscing to when my high school senior was a youth, a toddler, and a newborn. After he was only a few months old, I had taken a picture of him lying on the bed next to an MT centerfold, which was his namesake of sorts. When he was still a bun in the oven, I was having trouble with a middle name. After a few months of bouncing around ideas, that name indirectly came to me in the form of an issue I had been obsessing over for months. After reading the article in the mag numerous times, I kept seeing the name Pat, short for Patrick I assumed, hence the idea for Logan Patrick.
January 1993, Volume 7, Number 1, would be the reserved parking spot for "Ballistic," one of the most memorable minis to this date. Pat Nicholl's '89 Toyota pickup would be the first "bodydropped" mini to be parked on the cover.
Getting Ballistic to a historic low would consist of front hydraulic cylinders in place of the torsion bars and a custom "back-half", basic three-link with air shocks out back. This, along with a channeled body, fabricated cab floor and absent bed floor would get the truck laying on the ground and leaving us all scratching our heads and lifting our jaws back in 1993. Ballistic was a very modest truck. The outside was basically stock other than a very loud Porsche raspberry pink paint and tons of factory chrome. The addition of chrome fender trim and an infamous set of 15-inch Ronal R9 wheels wrapped in 195/50/15 BFG tires finished off the exterior. Chrome was abundant in the engine bay, which in a way dominated the look of the truck, as it had no hood. Inside a pair of Honda CRX buckets, custom door panels, dash and headliner were wrapped in grey cloth.
This truck not only inspired the name of my son, it started a revolution for what we consider low. In the months after this issue hit the newsstand, I couldn't wrap my head around the amount of minis I would see locally, out of town and in magazines that now had a ground-scrapin' stance. Hot rodders and lead sledders may have influenced this truck being channeled, but this truck influenced the rest of us as a whole. For a truck that holds so much history and influence, I find it hard to explain or write about it. It's one of those trucks that you just understand. It speaks to you and leaves you with nothing to say in return.
Until next month, listen to what speaks to you then get in the garage and build some history. But remember, build it to be original, not acceptable!