Where were you in the summer of 1988? Were you just a gleam in your mom's eye? A diaper wearing rug-rat? A Big Wheel-racing brat? Or were you like myself—a kid obsessed with drawing trucks and reading car magazines in the back row of nineth grade Algebra class? For some, you were attending shows in your compact truck trying to find your way in the beginnings of what some would call a trend that would soon pass. Summer of 1988 would also mark the first issue of Mini Truckin' magazine—a spin-off of its big brother, Truckin' magazine. For those of you who have this issue, cherish it! For those that don't—find one!
Steve Stillwell said it best in his editorial in the first issue, "Before you start tossing this magazine around and stuffing it into the family magazine rack, I'd like to point out that it [the first issue] will soon be a lot more valuable than what you paid for it! This is the very first issue of Mini Truckin', with more to follow, however, the inaugural one ends up being the most sought-after copy. Hang on to it!"
While reading the mag and scanning a few of the pages, I found myself at my kitchen table immersed in the pages of history. Page after page, I found myself wondering what may have happened to the warehouses full of fiberglass parts and bolt-on goodies. Where did all the cool wheels end up? If we only knew that these parts would become as super rare. Even if you aren't into the retro styles, you have to admit that some of this stuff would make rad garage decor! A few of the companies scattered through out the mag are still in business, maybe not doing the truck thing these days, but still in business nonetheless.
As I flipped through the magazine, I realized almost instantly that there are so many influences from different genres of vehicle customization from lowriders, hot rods, vans, euros, and 4x4s. It's a bid odd and also refreshing to see so many genres gathered in one magazine. Maybe that's what made minis so appealing to so many people out there. It was still a fairly new sport in 1988, or at least new enough to have the beginnings of its very own magazine published. Oddly enough, I kind of see the mixture of styles as some sort of a pizza. Personally, I enjoy seeing this "pie" as a whole rather than it being sliced into pieces with labels attached. After all, who doesn't like pizza? This eclectic mix is what our history is based upon.
Before I leave you with an eclectic mix of truck styles from the very first issue of MT, I will leave you with another quote from Steve's editorial that made me stop and think, "and enough can't be said about changing styles and paint schemes—what's in today may be out tomorrow." Keep that quote in mind as you consider building your next ride. Don't build an exact replica of what's already been done because "what's in today may be out tomorrow."