Time waits for no man. It catches up with all of us. If you wait too long to finish your truck, your wheels will be outdated. If we wait too long to print photos of your truck, then some other magazine will beat us to the punch and then our stuff will be old news. 2009 brought hurricane-like change to our industry, much of which we'd like to forget about over a case of beer. But, it wasn't all doom and gloom. Sure, we did have manufacturers going bankrupt left and right, but in the midst of an economic recession we also saw some of the coolest trucks ever built. We paired most of them with super hot models and added in some killer tips for building your ride. Our favorite moments from '09 are presented here and we aren't just rehashing the old stuff. We dug into the archives to find never-before-seen outtake photos from all of the shoots that made the mag. So sit back and enjoy our look back into '09.

'09 Andy Mock's Favorites
Favorite Tech:
10 Minutes With John Law
What issue:
August
Why andy Picked It:
I really like this article for the fact that we sat down with an actual police officer and got some inside information on how to beat a ticket. Luckily, I haven't had the opportunity to try out some of the tips mentioned in the article, but it's nice to know I have a good source of knowledge if I ever need it.

'09 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite model:
Heather Rae
What issue:
August, September, October, November
Why Calin Picked Her:
This wasn't a hard one for me. In the August issue we had a cop theme and I busted my butt getting the costume and all the little accessories for the shoot. Heather Rae was so hot she could have made a potato sack look good, but once she was in the costume my opinion of officers lightened up a bit. I could only imagine getting pulled over and she comes walking up. I might have to act up just a bit just to see if I'd get frisked. As cool as that sounds in my head the reality would be I'd get busted by Officer Bubba, who hates guys who drive custom trucks.

'09 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Photo:
Raging Alcoholic
What issue:
January
Why Mike Picked It:
Jason Moreno's boosted Silverado was one of the most detailed rides I photographed in '09 and when he emptied his nitrous bottle just so I could get a shot of the purge valves working at sunset, I was stoked.

'09 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite tech:
Strong Shade
What issue:
October
Why Calin Picked It:
I love when a project gets finished especially when its been shelved for over a year. Our R/T project was done except for the paint job, and thanks to Eightball Rods and Choppers and Steve Vandemon the truck is now finished. Steve showed us some cool tips on how to make the design even better. We also brought in Roy Varga, pin-up photographer extraordinaire, to shoot Shay Lyn in the booth with the truck. A hot truck with an even hotter model, now that's the stuff gearhead dreams are made of.

'09 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite Photo:
Muscle Truck Parts Guide
What Issue:
October
Why Calin Picked It:
There are few things in this world I like more than high horsepower trucks and good movies. So when I sat down to compile a guide for muscle truck parts, I couldn't get out of my head the scene from Joe Dirt where Joseph Dirte' is sitting thumbing through an Auto Trader. In attempt to make the story even better, I called Bill from Holley and after a half hour of dueling Joe Dirt impersonations, he agreed to don his Joe Dirt costume pose for the awesome shots. One of the best parts was doing the research; I sat and watched the movie like three times just to get all the quotes right. Just remember: life's a garden, dig it.

'09 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Truck:
Robert Hamlin's '08 Chevy Colorado
What Issue:
March
Why Mike Picked It:
It's not the flashiest truck of the year, or the most powerful, or will it draw the most attention. But, that's the point. Stuffing an LS1 and six-speed tranny into a Colorado and then dropping it using nothing but factory parts is pure genius. This is the ultimate commuter hot rod truck and I want one bad!

'09 Andy Mock's Favorites
Favorite Model:
Mindi Smith
What issue:
September
Why Andy Picked Her:
Polka dot bikini? Check. Nice face and a pretty smile? Check. A set of abs you can bounce a quarter off of? Check. Check, Check! Not to mention she's a pretty cool chick too. 'Nuff said.

'09 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Model:
Jessica Decker
What Issue:
May
Why Mike Picked It:
Maybe it's those golden locks, fat-free curves, and killer smile. Or maybe, I'm just a sucker for a chick who will get greasy around my truck.

'09 Andy Mock's Favorites
Favorite Truck:
Edgar Lopez's '03 Dodge Ram
What Issue:
November
Why Andy Picked It:
This truck is just plain awesome. I think these Rams look amazing before any modifications are done to them, but Edgar really raised the bar with this one. The detail I love the most is the mesh air vents to the side of each of the headlights. These were the perfect solution to the fenders being widened out. The jet-black paintjob, amazing rims, and flawless bodywork just make for a killer truck.

'09 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Tech:
A Swap Worth Talking About
What Issue:
May
Why Mike Picked It:
Yeah, there's a pattern here. I dig LS engines and this story showed how to stuff a badass LS3 into a C10, but with GM's new six-speed automatic tranny. Street and Performance performed the swap and the owner is reportedly getting better than 20 miles per gallon in this 4,000-pound truck.

'09 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite Truck:
Sam Head's '50 Chevy Advanced Design
What Issue:
July
Why Calin Picked It:
I know there were a lot of really sweet trucks in the pages this year, but I have to pick my old man's truck. I watched that thing transform from a rusty POS to the slick ride you see here. Every time I opened the door to the shop, Dad was in there doing something cool on it. Also this was one of the first times my Dad asked me for my opinion on a design element. When it came to the wheels and tires, Pop asked me what would look better than the 15-inch Torq Thrust he had. I told him this truck needs at least a set of 20s and once the KMC Novas and Nitto tires I picked were on the truck, he grabbed me around the shoulder and said, "Good choice, kid." Yeah, that made me feel pretty damn good.

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