2008 was a weird year. There were a lot of changes at the magazine, which turned out to really not change much for you guys. Like the Jeffersons, we moved on up from the seventh floor of our Orange County office building to the eleventh floor, and the view is pretty much the same. The next time an earthquake hits though, we'll just have a lot more stairs to run down while screaming like little girls to escape the building. Galen Armenta left Sport Truck to go work on Mini Truckin' magazine, so now we all have a bit more work to do both at the office and on the road but we've managed to make that transition pretty painless. The price of gas went through the roof, and yet the turnout at many of the better truck shows, including our Havoc tour, was still impressive. For as many changes as we've been through, things really haven't gone that sideways, which is nice. The one thing that hasn't changed a bit is our annual recap of all things cool in the truck world. Without further delay, here's the staff's picks of the best stuff from '08.

'08 Kevin Aguilar's Favorites
Favorite Model:

Dayna Delux

What Issue:
February 2008

Why Kevin Picked Her:
Dayna has been in the rockabilly scene for quite some time and has become one of its top pinup girls. She sticks out from the rest of our models because of her alternative style. We were lucky enough to snag her for two different shoots that appeared in the same issue.

'08 Kevin Aguilar's Favorites
Favorite Show:

Tex Mex

What Issue:
August 2008

Why Kevin Picked It:
Throughout the year, I went to plenty of shows. I would have to say my favorite of the year is Severed Ties' Tex Mex show because it shined a new light on the three-day run. It started as a small benefit show and grew to encompass a whole weekend event filled with activities. On top of that, everyone camped out at the show and used tents to get away from the early morning thunderstorm that poured down a ton of rain.

'08 Kevin Aguilar's Favorites
Favorite Truck:

Chris Caldwell's '07 Chevy Silverado

What Issue:
March 2008

Why Kevin Picked It:
Like always, there are many nice trucks to pick as my favorite. This truck still jumps out to me because it was monumental in the scene. Not only was it one of the first new-body-style Chevys to get air ride, but it was the first to lay body to the ground. Shortly after Chris purchased it, he threw out the factory frame and built a new one from scratch. Then, he followed this up by completely finishing it up and taking it to the '07 SEMA show.

Favorite Tech:
"Spit Shine For An Old Clunker"

What Issue:
August 2008

Why Kevin Picked It:
This piece started out with Mike wanting to do an engine dress-up story for the classic-themed issue. My '62 GMC was the perfect candidate for it, and along with the help of Calin, I went to work on it. In the story, I showed how $60 in chrome parts, cleaning supplies, and spray paint could refresh a dirty engine compartment. It's a simple mod that can be used on many different vehicles that need a little touch-up work. In the end, my newly restored engine compartment got the truck to score full-coverage insurance. Because the engine was somewhat restored, my insurance agent was able to see that I have plans to fix up the truck and that I wasn't trying to cheat them by claiming it for more that it's worth.

'08 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite Model:

Holly Weber

What Issue:
January 2008

Why Calin Picked Her:
I think we started the year off right with the dual shoot of the lovely Holly Weber. This hard-body brunette looked great on Gale Banks' twin-turbo shop truck and even better next to Mike's toolbox. The bikini shot on the back of the poster has got to be the hottest image I have been a part of.

'08 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite Tech:

Chevy S-10 Build

What Issue:
All Year Long

Why Calin Picked It:
For me, it's my S-10 build. It started in January with the tune-up and has been going strong ever since. We've covered just about everything the normal guy would go through with this type of project along with a few extra things meant to inspire him to learn a new skill. I like the fact the truck is coming out very nicely without being too pricey.

'08 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite Truck:
Gale Banks' Shop Truck:
'90 Chevy 454 SS

What Issue:
January 2008

Why Calin Picked It:
This is the truck I would build if I had a bigger brain and fatter wallet. I like the understated exterior look with simple black paint and red Rallye wheels combined with the 800-plus horsepower twin-turbo powerplant under the hood. It's just one of those trucks that whispers, "Look at me" and screams, "See ya later!"

'08 Calin Head's Favorites
Favorite Show:

Havoc Fresno

What Issue:
November 2008

Why Calin Picked It:
Since I only went to two shows this year, the pickings were very slim. I would have to choose Havoc Fresno just because I drove my truck there and got a kickass tattoo from Rudy at Clovis Ink during the show. The bikini contest was pretty good as well for not including water and white T-shirts.

'08 Andy Mock's Favorites
Favorite Model:

Elizabeth Ashley

What Issue:
October 2008

Why Andy Picked Her:
I don't think I need to go into a lengthy explanation as to why I chose her. I'll just let the pictures do the talking and merely say she's got all the right parts in all the right places.

'08 Andy Mock's Favorites
Favorite Truck:

Scott Burdett's '56 Ford F-100

What Issue:
September 2008

Why Andy Picked It:
This truck is just beautiful. I'm a huge fan of these older trucks and this one definiteley stands out in my book. I dig that it came out of a junkyard and was completely rebuilt to perfection. And oh yeah, it's got a Hemi!

'08 Andy Mock's Favorites
Favorite Tech:

"Brush Strokes"

What Issue:
September 2008

Why Andy Picked It:
I guess the art guy in me really appreciates something that is drawn or painted by hand. When I saw the wasp that Steve Vandemon did on the tailgate of Calin's truck I was just blown away. I like seeing something go from a simple sketch to a finished piece. The design is also really cool and goes perfectly with the theme of the truck. Now if I can just get Steve to paint something on my ride!

'08 Andy Mock's Favorites
Favorite Show:

Sema

What Issue:
March 2008

Why Andy Picked It:
The annual SEMA show has pretty much everything you've ever wanted in a cool show: awesome vehicles, gorgeous models, all the new and innovative aftermarket goodies, A-list celebrities and automotive icons, and last but not least the Las Vegas party atmosphere. At press time of this issue, the office is a buzz of activity with everybody gearing up for the 2008 SEMA show. Stay tuned to Sport Truck for complete covereage.

'08 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Truck:

Mike Asbahr's '61 Ford F-100

What Issue:
October 2008

Why Mike Picked It:
Without a doubt, Mike Asbahr's '61 Ford F-100 is the toughest-looking truck of this year. I'm diggin' the purple suede paint and simple approach to building this truck. The interior is clean but not overdone and so is the bed. He absolutely nailed the stance of the truck as well. But my favorite aspect of Mike's truck is the engine. Does it get any better or rarer than a Boss Hemi-headed V-8? I think not.

'08 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Show:

Havoc East

What Issue:
December 2008

Why Mike Picked It:
The Havoc Tour as a whole was fantastic this year, with new destinations and venues for a nice change of pace. But, as usual my favorite spot was Bowling Green, Kentucky, where the East Coast stop was held. You simply cannot go wrong with drag racing and custom trucks all in the same place.

'08 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Model:

Sara Jean Underwood

What Issue:
June 2008

Why Mike Picked It:
Duh! We put freaking Sara Jean Underwood, Playboy's Playmate of the Year, on the cover of our June issue.

'08 Mike Finnegan's Favorites
Favorite Tech:

"Do-It-Yourself Rendering"

What Issue:
January 2008

Why Mike Picked It:
Calin wisely proved that even artistically challenged dudes like myself can play Picasso with pencils and create cheap and easy drawings of our trucks. This is way better than the crap I drew while daydreaming in high school.

'08 Kevin Hagan's Favorites
Favorite Truck:

Chris Torosian's '03 Gmc Sierra

What Issue:
September 2008

Why Kevin Picked It:
I really dig the radical flamejob on this truck-the colors work great together. It just looks killer.

'08 Kevin Hagan's Favorites
Favorite Show:

Grand National Roadster Show

What Issue:
July 2008

Why Kevin Picked It:
Look, I don't get to go to shows because someone has to hold down Ft. Sport Truck, i.e. proofread the articles and perform various unglamorous, day-to-day office tasks. So, I made my pick based on show coverage. I have to admit Kevin Aguilar's photos from the Grand National Roadster Show were very cool. He snapped a lot of unique vehicles, which I think made for an interesting read.

'08 Kevin Hagan's Favorites
Favorite Model:

Cora Skinner

What Issue:
September 2008

Why Kevin Picked Her:
What can I say? Just pure and simple classic beauty.

'08 Kevin Hagan's Favorites
Favorite Tech:

"Mind Over Metal"

What Issue:
August 2008

Why Kevin Picked It:
There's nothing like watching good old-fashioned metalwork produce quality results. It was a treat to see that custom center console come together with nothing more than a few simple machines, a welder, and pair of hands.

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