The Australian truck scene is still young compared to here in the states but there are a few clubs that don't fit into the amateur category. One such club is Aftermath. Born in the States in 2000 and extending to Australia in 2007 by Jesse Badger and five good friends, these guys don't mess around when it comes to quality, cleanliness, or building top-notch trucks.
The club is seen as one that holds vehicle quality above all else. It is a respected club with no leaders—every member is equal, and everyone's opinion counts. There are no stupid gang signs, and attitudes are all in check. Everyone seems to be good friends even outside the truck scene. The club's motto; "quality over quantity", shows with every truck they logo. As you can see in the features in this issue, the Aftermath guys don't play. The Australian Aftermath chapter has just begun to show us what they are capable of as a club, and we can't wait to come back and photograph more of their creations.
"The worldwide Aftermath motto is one we have all upheld here in Australia," says Jesse Badger, Aftermath Australia member. "We pride ourselves on the quality of our trucks and every member knows that a quality build is what sets us apart. We all get along as great friends for this reason. There's no hackwork and no expense is spared to ensure we have safe, clean, badass trucks. All of us have the same attitude. The club over here now has about 20 members. Most have trucks still in hiding, but they will soon see the light of day. We span all over the East Coast of Australia from Cairns in Queensland down to Melbourne in Victoria, and we have a member over in Perth, too."
"The club has grown a fair bit in recent years as the Australian truck scene has progressed and quality builds are popping up, but we still set a benchmark on what's needed to be a part of us. For starters, you need the same attitude and be driven to be the best. If you have the attitude, we know we'll all get along and we know your truck is one that will fit with the club."
The club has grown a fair bit in recent years as the Australian truck scene has progressed and quality builds are popping up …