Each New Year's Eve, people from around the globe gather together to toast champagne, wear ridiculous hats, and sing Auld Lang Syne - you know, the "auld acquaintance be forgot and na-na-na-na-na" song. Several things were new this Eve, though: Regis was dropping the NYC ball rather than his buddy Dick Clark, the chicken replaced the monkey on the Chinese calendar, and California's longest successive truck run moved from one desert to another.
For the last 28 years, Sunset Minis has been throwing its annual truck run, Resolutions, throughout California. For the last three years, it has been held at a water park on Interstate 15 just shy of the Nevada border. This year, however, the show was moved to the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe, which shares its Cali' border with Arizona. The fairgrounds were groomed to accommodate the trucks, trailers, tents, and RVs that made the mad dash to get to the grounds after work on Friday to enjoy a nice long weekend of truck-run fun.
As the sun began to rise on Saturday morning, more than 150 vehicles lined up to take their spot in the show area, located directly in the center of the oval racetrack. Spray bottles, dusters, and window cleaners could be seen creating a strange mist over each vehicle, as the owners worked as best they could to clean their trucks - even though several had yet to even go to bed. Show vendors such as Devious Customs, FBI, Iaccino Fabrication, Infinite Designs, KRZ Customs, Ludikrs Kustomz, Mac's Springs, Mike's Tint Shop, and Sir Michaels set up their booths so people could peruse their products.
The crowd, which was a mix of locals and non, filtered its way into the showgrounds to check out the sea of 'bagged and body-dropped trucks. Although Resolutions has been prone to taking a beating or two from Mother Nature in the past, she seemed to do nothing more than smile down on the participants, attendees, and, of course, the host club, Sunset Minis, which was busy judging the show.
While the sun started to dip down over the horizon late that evening, bonfires began lighting up at each camp to help distract from the inevitable cold. Club members began migrating from their campsites to various stops within the fairgrounds. Some made their way to the DJ's booth located at the stage, while others enjoyed the hot-tub show that Freaks of Nature and Twisted helped put on for the crowd.
Sunday morning brought about the trophy presentation, which awarded Scott Harris the Best of Show title for his S-10 and a Club Participation trophy for Freaks of Nature, which rolled out in full force. The next big Three-Oh show for Reso' will once again be held at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe. For more information, contact: Motorsport Promotions, (909) 590-0785, www.sunsetwhittier.com