If you're looking for an action-packed sport truck event and you haven't attended our Truckin' & 4x4 Nationals in October, you're missing out. This past year, the usual searing desert heat of Phoenix's aptly named Valley of the Sun took a vacation, presenting showgoers over the weekend of October 23-24 with mild but sunny weather in the mid-80s. It was perfect weather to check out all the custom show trucks, racing Monster Trucks, the quick quarter-mile action, and all the other activities we designed to make this an enjoyable, entertaining as well informative event.

The action started at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, with the truck drags, Meguiar's show 'n' shine, Toughest Truck championship heats, King of the Hill rockcrawl, and Your Driving Adventure, where you got to road-test most of the new trucks on the market. The Monster Trucks started catching big air at 11:00 a.m., with the Toughest Truck competition moving to its trophy dash phase at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's schedule mirrored Saturday's, except the competition heated up, as the finals neared the end-of-day awards and we added the Miss Truckin' & 4x4 swimsuit competition. And if that wasn't enough, just about all the great aftermarket companies with cool product and gear for your sport truck were present with their sharpest technical minds to help you get the gear you need to build your truck.

What more can we say? If you're in the Southwest or plan to visit there in October, plan on attending our Truckin' & 4x4 Nationals at Firebird Raceway near Phoenix. For more information on 2004's event or to register for this year's event, contact the Firebird box office at (602) 268-0200, or go to www.firebirdraceway.com.

Class Winners
4x4
Toughest Truck: Rob Bonney
Off-Road Scramble: Rob Bonney

Drag Racing
Street Truck:
11:00-12.99: John Malvin
13:00-14.99: Jim Obyrns
15:00-slower: Steve Fuller
Sportsman Truck:
11:00-slower: Ken Devereaux
Pro Street Truck:
10:99-quicker: Shane Becker

Show 'n' Shine
FullSize
SUV Full: Joey Gonzales - '00 Ford Excursion
SUV Mild: Alex Lerma - '77 Blazer
SUV Radical: Mason Rush - '00 Expedition

Late-Model ('87-'04)
Full: Robert Speer - '98 GMC Sierra
Mild: Lou Goedhart - '99 Chevy Silverado
Radical: Larry Zelfer - '95 Chevy Silverado Extended Cab
Pro Street: Beny Edwards - '57 Chevy

Classic (to '87)
Full: Don Whipple - '55 Chevy pickup
Mild: Charles Benda - '72 Chevy C-10
Radical: John Adams - '53 Chevy Seven Window
Restored: Todd Adams - '51 Willys
Commercial Truck: Cloyce Clark - '49 Ford F-6

4x4
Radical: Jeff Wilson - '94 Chevy 1500
Full: Ernie Ortega - '77 Chevy
Mild: Tom Tait - '74 Chevy
Off-Road Comp: Mike Areghine - '82 Jeep Scrambler

Mini
4x4 Mild: Eric Van Brunt - '01 Tacoma
SUV Mild: Chris Wilson - '87 S-10 Blazer
SUV Radical: Mike Francoeur - '86 S-10 Blazer
Open Radical: Josh Adkins - '94 Toyota pickup