Every year in April, Truckin' magazine kicks off its Lake Havasu, Arizona, show with a cruise from Cali. This year, there were a few changes, though. The show was renamed Havoc and combined with Sport Truck and Mini Truckin' magazine's successful Kentucky-based event. More importantly, the cruise to Havasu was shortened up, substantially,to make it a bit less strenuous on participants. Instead of stopping in five or six locations and backtracking along the way, we made just three scheduled stops, and boy, were they good ones. Check it out.
We hit Ultra Wheel shortly after dawn and found about 20 trucks on hand to check out the wheel manufacturer's digs and also to win a free set of rims. Cruise participants were able to sign up for the show, chow down free doughnuts, and B.S. in the parking lot for a couple of hours before hitting the road.
The Sport Truck Stealth Bomber...
The Sport Truck Stealth Bomber Silverado was on hand to blend into the background and then smoke unsuspecting fools on the freeway.
Truckin' magazine's Dan Ward...
Truckin' magazine's Dan Ward busted his rump to rebuild the magazine's SuperCrew in time for the cruise and then promptly locked the keys inside of it in Ultra's parking lot. We were tempted to not run these photos, but then we figured he'd do the same for us, so we said, "What the hell?"
We are lucky enough to have a Hooters restaurant in the same parking lot as our office, so naturally, we diverged the cruise that way for free wings and eye candy. The suds didn't hurt matters, either.
The guys from Icon Media didn't...
The guys from Icon Media didn't seem to mind wings 'n' fries at 11 a.m., and neither did we.
The top floor of our parking...
The top floor of our parking garage was reserved for the lowered trucks, while the monster trucks and boat trailers sat at the bottom.
JBM just happened to be celebrating 20 years in business when we stopped by with 40 trucks in tow. The company, which is popular for its front-end conversions and chrome accessories, raffled off a set of rims and billet grilles to cruise participants.
Since this was our last stop...
Since this was our last stop before rolling into the hell that is the 57 freeway on a Friday afternoon, the cruise had grown larger. The sign-up booth for the raffle at JBM was mobbed.
On The Road Again:
A few lucky cruisers followed us through two hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic in order to take a brief detour just outside of Barstow, California. The detour included a quick photo shoot on the side of the highway.