I saw my first minitruck in 2007 after I moved to northeast Georgia. It wasn’t anything special. A early 90’s white Nissan hardbody, just cruisin’ down the road laid out. Most people say that a truck doesn’t have a purpose unless they’re stock or lifted. What they don’t realize is that these trucks do have a purpose. They show the personality and creativity of the owner. They’re pieces of art that give you a small glimpse into the mind of the driver. It’s something bigger than Chevy or Ford, domestic or import. It’s about family. Not just blood, but the bond you have over a common love. They don’t care what you drive as long as you have a mutual respect for each other’s rides. The clubs are different in the minitruck scene thanany other I’ve been around. They may park by club, but they’re all in it together. The love and respect shown to each other makes you wish the weekend would never end so you wouldn’t have to return to real life. Josh Carpenter’s outlook into clubs is one that many share. “Clubs shouldn’t be searched for and begged to be in. I feel like if people in the club get along with you and everyone enjoys hanging out with each other then it’s good. Which is why Outkast is smaller than some clubs. We enjoy each other’s company. I never asked to be in it. It was kind of a ‘hey, we like ya and what you’re doing so why not run with us?’ Quality of the club over quantity of its members.” They look out for one another. It extends past the shows and the cruise ins. If one person is having problems in their life, everyone rallies together to help them out in what ever way they can. I’ve seen guys drive for 2+ hours just to help trailer someone’s ride home because they broke down on the side of the road. Andrew Hardy of the Twizted Dreamz Iowa chapter says this of his club, “I picked this club because everyone treats you like family. They are there when they are needed for anything. Just a great group of guys and gals and I’m proud to call them my family.” You pick up the “Minitruck Mentality” after being around these guys. You know people not by their face, but by their vehicle. These guys are some of the best I’ve ever had the priveledge to know. There’s so many different personalities within the scene, but there’s one thing I do know that’s true for every single one of them.
Minitruckers are Freaks Of Nature that have Acrophobia. They have Severed Ties with the rest of the club and vehicle bashing by focusing all their hate on Josh “Mofuggin” Rowan. One man who jokingly said, “If you have to hate on someone, hate on me.” That one conversation turned into a 1,000 person plus strong movement to erase the hate in the show scene and things are better than ever  because of it. They may be Outkast from society because of their Negative Camber or because they’re Vertically Challenged. They may have a few Twisted Intentions but come together with No Regrets. Keeping it Ground Level to be Earth Scrapers is the way they like to do things. It’s a Relaxed Atmosphere. You see guys out draggin’ the strip with their kids riding shotgun, grinning from ear to ear. Wives that not only put up with, but join in on the late night garage sessions working side by side with their husbands to get the next big thing done on that truck. A minitrucker’s work is never done. So much time, money, blood, sweat, and tears go into these trucks but they wouldn’t have it any other way. No matter where you’re from, no matter what you do as a day job, the “Family” will always be there to make everything alright. And in the end,all that’s left is the Aftermath…..

Freaks of Nature

Freaks of Nature

Josh Rowan presents the Erase The Hate award at the 2013 Gathering

Josh Rowan presents the Erase The Hate award at the 2013 Gathering

Twizted Intentions

Twizted Intentions

Outkast Kustoms

Outkast Kustoms

Twisted Minis

Twisted Minis

Joker's Wild

Joker’s Wild

Pebble Pushers

Pebble Pushers

Busted Bottomz Car Club

Busted Bottomz Car Club

 

Monster Bass 11/01/2014

Posted: November 2, 2014 in November 2014
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Monster Bass 2014 was nothing short of awesome. Billy Wheeler and his crew at Tint Plus pulled off yet another great show. The weather kept a few people at home, but there was still a huge turn out with EarthScrapes and Busted Bottomz making a great showing of their club spirit. The sound-off brought in a crowd of its own with Mark Allen and his Kicker Solo X’s taking loudest of the night. Everyone was invited to satiate their sweet tooth with the Little Debbie’s contest. Club wars went on throughout the night along with a costume contest rounding everything out. Until next time!

Busted Bottomz Car Club

Busted Bottomz Car Club

Darren Louch's Cadillac and Lane Mattison's Penny Truck

Darren Louch’s Cadillac and Lane Mattison’s Penny Truck

Little Debbie's eating contest

Little Debbie’s eating contest

Kevin Shirley's VW

Kevin Shirley’s VW

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More photos can be found at: www.facebook.com/JRMPhotosGA

For the past few years, I’ve traveled all over the Tri-State area going to various car shows. Everything from nationally known shows like Layd Out At The Park to smaller charity shows benefiting local animal shelters and food banks. I’ve had the privilege of hanging out with some amazing people and so many clubs that I’ve lost count. My favorite shows always hit close to home and I will do whatever it takes to make it to them. Billy Wheeler hosts some of the most laid back shows that have been my favorites since the first time I made it out to Monster Bass in 2012. There’s never a dull moment at the shows. Everything from 4-way tug-o-war to toilet paper relays to sunburn contests keep everyone entertained. As fun as the shows are, the reason I keep going back is the host, himself. Billy and his wife support the local businesses any chance they can. It’s always a family event no matter who you are, what you drive, or what club you’re in. Recently, Tint Plus held a benefit show for their long time friend, Danny Seymour, who is battling throat cancer. Words cannot express how moving it was when everything was tallied for the final amount raised. This past week, they lost a member of their car family and have gone into protect mode to take care of the final costs for the family. A funeral fund was set up at a local bank and they have set the goal at $3000. in just a few days, they’ve managed to make it halfway to their goal. The way that Billy Wheeler and his Tint Plus family have stepped up to help those around them in their time of need makes such a huge impact on the car world. Faith that there is someone looking out for you and the ones you love is a comforting thing and there’s no one better than Billy and his “family”. 

For information on how you can help with the Tint Plus Funeral Fund, you can contact the Palmetto Bank of Anderson, South Carolina or go by Tint Plus in Sandy Springs, South Carolina. They are having a car wash to raise donations for the funeral fund today (June 3rd) so if you are in the Anderson area, make sure and swing by to get your car washed or make a donation!

October 12th was your typical fall day. A chilly, foggy morning gave way to a beautiful day for a car show. The First Christian Church held their first annual Car and Bike Show in Mountain City, Georgia. There was great turn out from all makes and models ranging from classic cars to minitrucks to imports. Activities were held throughout the day starting with a cake walk and ending with an auction for some really good prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds benefited local charities including Richard’s Kids. Richard’s Kids helps underprivileged children within the county with clothing and other necessities they may be lacking in. For more information about Richard’s Kids, please contact them through 706-212-7956. Be sure to keep an eye out for more shows and events hosted by this great group of people. Until next time….

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I realize it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, my apologies. I have had my hands in so many projects, I haven’t been able to think straight. But this past Saturday I managed to slow down at least for a little bit to attend the first hosting of the Macon County Shop With A Cop car show. There were tons of beautiful cars that came out to support this amazing charity. Husband and wife teams, Hot Franklin Imports had their crew out, and the NC Stangs had quite a few of their stars out as well. A Dyno was brought out to see just how many horses these cars could rein in. It was an amazing day to say the least. Follow the link below to see pictures from the event, as well as the next link to the Shop with a Cop facebook page to see how you can help out these great people. Until next time!

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I had the opportunity at the end of April to attend the 19th annual Minitruckin Nationals in Maggie Valley, NC. The rain made it hard on those that were there, but everyone still managed to have a great weekend. The show started at 8 am Saturday morning and awards were given out Sunday afternoon. The weather cleared off enough for those who wanted, to drag the strip and show off their spark throwing abilities. MECA was also present to host a 2x point SPL and SQ competition.

photos can be viewed here:

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Also, be on the look out for the new issue of CookieCutter Magazine coming out at the end of this month. It will have a feature on The Gathering that was held in March!

 

This is MY Texas

Posted: April 21, 2013 in April 2013
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I want to take the time to thank everyone for the prayers, love, and support that has been shown to those in West, Texas, after their lives were forever changed by the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday April 17th. I’ve heard stories and read articles written by people I haven’t heard from in years. The hurt I feel from being states away has hit hardest this week. Not being able to be near my family and friends, to help and comfort them when they need me the most. Seeing photos of the aftermath has brought back so many memories. The park where we would go after school to play basketball, the playground that was our “final exam” for Ag Shop my freshman year. We had to drive at least one bolt into the structure or we failed the class. That playground is no longer standing. The basketball poles are skeletons among the rubble. The middle school where my love for music was first rooted is considered a lost cause. I remember spending countless afternoons at my aunt and uncles house on Reagan street. I’m not sure if there are any of us my age who weren’t babysat at least once by My aunt Beaulah Zahirniak. She would give us the butter “ring” cookies and a cup of cherry Kool-aid as a snack. The memories of cruising down the Main Street, stopping every couple of blocks to say hey to a friend here and there have all come flooding back. I remember riding with my best friend and her dad to the fertilizer plant during the spring and early summer for him to get his load for his crops. There is so much that has been damaged and lost but if I know West, they will rebuild strong as ever. Pee Wee Zahirniak said it best, “you will never find another town like this.” This is my home and will always be no matter how many miles away I am. The blood in my veins will forever be Texan and they don’t call us the Fighting Trojans for nothing. Fight on West…