How To Enter
What we need for you to do is mail us a copy of the registration of the truck you're planning to build and "before" and "after" photos of the truck (3/4 front, 3/4 rear, engine, interior) along with copies of all the receipts for build parts, paint, and contracted labor. You don't have to have the completed truck to register, either. You can enter with just the "before" photos and docs and fill in the blanks later. We highly recommend, however, that if you split your registration, you include the "before" images and docs with your final entry.

At any rate, the Sport Truck/JC Whitney Low-Buck Challenge starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on 7/1/04 and closes for entries at 5:00 p.m. (PT) on 12/30/04, with mailed entries postmarked by 12/30/04 and received as designated by 1/6/05. For a downloadable entry from, go to www.jcwhitney.com or www.sporttruck.com.

Last Chance to Get an Oldsmobile Truck
At the first of July, only 2,200 Olds trucks were in dealers' inventories. If you want one to preserve or just to have, you better hurry: When those are gone, it'll be the end of the marque.

State 2 State Charity Cruise and Truckin' & 4x4 Nationals
We're doing the State 2 State Cruise thing on Friday October 22, which'll take us into the Truckin' & 4x4 Nationals on October23-24, for a great three-day weekend in gearhead heaven. The State 2 State cruise starts at 7:00 a.m. at Dealer's Sport Truck and features all new stops, a poker run, and prizes at each stop, and culminates in a destination party at AIM Industries. State 2 State Cruisers will get lunch courtesy of JC Whitney and will have the opportunity to win a spray-on bedliner from Vortex Bedliners or a custom paintjob by Van Demon Designs. Sponsors include Chevy Trucks, JC Whitney, Vortec Engines, AIM Industries, Rhino Linings, Vortex Bedliners, Dealer's Sport Truck, advanced FLOW engineering, MagnaCharger, Stylin' Concepts, Gibson Exhaust, Alfa Otto, Rolling Big Power, ATS Design, Tucker's Classic Truck Parts, Smeding Performance, and Sir Michaels.

Action junkies won't want to miss the Truckin' & 4x4 Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. We'll have a Tough Truck competition, drag races, and two action-oriented ride and drive courses that'll test your driving skills on the track and off-road. Plus, we'll have outrageous spectacles, with a Monster Truck show, a freestyle motocross show, as well as top industry vendors struttin'their stuff. For more information, e-mail Amber Pierce at amber.pierce@primedia.com, or call her at (714) 939-2580.

Announcing the launch of the Primedia Editors Charity Challenge presented by eBay Motors!
Ten different teams of Primedia editors have each been allocated a $25,000 budget to buy a vehicle of their choice on eBay Motors and then design and build their car, truck, or motorcycle using specific parts and products, mostly purchased via eBay Motors. At the end of the builds, Web site visitors will vote to choose their favorite vehicles, including an overall Best in Show. The completed vehicles will ultimately be auctioned on eBay Motors, with the proceeds going to charity.

From Dirt Heads to Lane Splitters to the Deadly Viper Assassination Team, each team will chronicle their progress on the Charity Challenge Web site. Visit us often at www.editorscharitychallenge.com, since updates from the teams will be added on a regular basis. Rate each team on how well they're doing, vote in the current poll on the homepage, check out the latest "Featured Team" and "Did You Know?" trivia fact, and don't forget to log on and join the discussions on the message boards

Sound Pressure Competitor Hits 174.0 dB for New World Record
The Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.-sponsored, Scott Owens-built, F-250 dB Drag racer established a new world record in dB Drag and USACi sound pressure level competitions in July. Owens, who competes with nine Pioneer Premier TS-W5000SPL 12-inch subwoofers in his '02 Ford F-250 SPL truck, established two new 2004 SPL world records, an outstanding 173.0 dB for dB Drag and 174.0 dB for USACi events held on July 10 and 11 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Owens' F-250 SPL vehicle holds nine Pioneer Premier TS-W5000SPL subwoofers and can produce sound pressure levels above 170 dB. The truck uses 36 amplifiers, 72 16-volt Turbo Start batteries, and three Ohio Generator 285-amp alternators, and produces more than 115,200 watts of power.