If you're active in the East Coast show scene, you probably already know about the Xtreme Lowz Blood Drag show in West Palm Beach, Florida. This mid-February event energizes the circuit for the start of a new southern show season. However, if you've just finished a five-year stint with the Peace Corps plowing fields in Tibet, we'll explain that the show with the gruesome name isn't really gruesome at all. Starting as a club effort to help a member critically injured in a motorcycle accident, the first Blood Drag was simply a way to raise money for medical expenses. Later it became a way to recognize the South Florida Community Blood Centers as vital community resources. From this ultra-serious beginning, the show has pleasantly evolved into a great fun-filled weekend East Coast drivers look forward to each year.

Organized by Eddie Cebreco and Craig Frost, the Fifth Annual Blood Drag was hosted by the nationwide chapters of Xtreme Lowz. Because of its good-time reputation, the event has been on most clubs' mandatory attendance list since it began. Its popularity stems from its superb location, the consistently huge turnout of top-quality vehicles, and great entertainment. The South Florida Fairgrounds, not far from Interstate 95, gives everyone plenty of display space, and more importantly, has several background choices for the crew of magazine photographers who regularly show up for this event. The more than 900 vehicles at the show covered all the categories, ranging from conservative to radical, but they all had one thing in common: Everyone brought their best.

As for entertainment, it started even before the show at the Friday night get-together for some of the key players at the VIP party. Club presidents, area merchants, magazine guys, and more came together for some pre-event camaraderie. Saturday was a combination of move in, drive-through judging, and, just for fun, a preliminary thong bikini contest. Saturday night at Silhouette's kept the party going. The Bald Man Audio stereo contest was active both Saturday and Sunday, live music entertained the crowd from the stage, and the Sunday afternoon hydraulic demonstration from Red's Hydraulics in Miami showed that you really could defy gravity! Of course, the $1,000 Bikini Blowout caught everyone's attention. We know the crowd certainly enjoyed the view, the 16 beautiful ladies obviously appreciated the opportunity to compete for some cash, and Kodak savored the afternoon spike in East Coast film sales. Beautiful Marisol Victoria captured the First Place share of the cash. As spectator-friendly as the bikini contest was, the awards ceremony pulled the crowd in even closer with everyone eager to see who would be taking home tangible recognition of their talents. The odds were good because more than 400 had their wish come true. The community-minded New Movement Car Club donated the most blood at the event. In return, it took home a feeling of satisfaction, as well as one of the biggest trophies, of the show.

If you'd like to be part of the good times, put this seriously fun event on your schedule for next year. For more information, check out the Web site at www.blooddrag.com. You can also send an e-mail to Eddie Cebreco at blooddrag@yahoo.com, or call (561) 754-1357.

Bloody Fine
In addition to the hot-looking trucks that show up every year for the Blood Drag, a slew of hot ladies show up to the event as well. Some enter the bikini contests on stage, while others merely strut their stuff throughout the show.