During the month of October, Severed Ties hosted what could be the event of the year at the California Motor Speedway in Fontana, California. Right off Interstate 10 and the Cherry exit, Californians have been making their way to the raceway for a few years in order to see the most exciting events motorsports has to offer. Being a one-day show, no one who entered the gates to the event knew just how big the event would turn out to be. By midday, the Severed Ties' staff had ushered more than 700 vehicles into the grounds of the Speedway.

Roll-in for the event started early in the morning of October 20, and we're positive Severed Ties couldn't have done a better job of registering everyone and rolling them into the event in a speedy manner. By the time our staff arrived at 9:30 a.m., the event was already jam-packed full of rides ready to show off what they'd accomplished.

Probably the single most noticeable thing about Severed Ties' Octoberfest event was the number of high-quality rides in attendance. No matter what kind of custom vehicle you dig seeing, there were more than enough fine examples on hand to have you squirming in your shorts all day long. Some new and not-so-new customs could be seen at the event that hadn't appeared anywhere else until this show. One incredible sight was the standard cab Tacoma from Grant Kustoms that appeared at the event in all steel, sporting a retro '60s look and a full-time convertible. This thing had so much sheetmetal fabrication that it took a trained eye to even notice that it had, at one time, been a Toyota Tacoma.

Loads of vendors were on hand at the event, including Master Image Customs, which had a full half pipe at the event for a killer skating demo. It had its usual mind-blowing number of incredible customs lined up in front of its super-pimp show trailer and rig. MIC was also selling all kinds of apparel, including its new DVD video called Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em. Its colossal display alone was enough to keep most show-goers entertained for quite a while.

With so many people to entertain, Severed Ties set up all kinds of killer stuff to see and do throughout the day. There was a street bike stunting exhibition, where several guys on street bikes pulled wheelies, stoppies, and various other crotch-rocket tricks to the crowd's applause-especially when they happened to blow it and crash! There was also plenty of custom paraphernalia to buy in the form of parts, clothes, and other items. A live band could be found almost all day long on the stage beating the crap out of its instruments, and there were more people to interact and hang out with than anyone could have handled in only a single day.

By mid-afternoon, the Severed Ties' staff was hosting giveaways and product tosses at its main stage, a precursor to a huge bikini contest. Most people know that Severed Ties is composed of a huge number of hard-core mini-truckers, and being such, it can throw one hell of a bikini contest. Just as the contest started, the sea of show-goers crowded into a huge buzzing mass of humanity at the stage. There were more than a dozen killer-looking women on stage who worked up the crowd for some serious trophy cash. By the time it was all over, three of the ladies had a fat wad of greenbacks, which they didn't have to report to the IRS.

If you liked what you saw at this past Octoberfest, we hope that when the 4th Annual event rolls around, you'll hop in your ride and rail there next October for another show that will blow your mind. For more information, visit www.severedties.com, or e-mail stoctoberfest02@aol.com for more information.