Lots of folks are feeling the effect of today's economy and cutting back on nonessentials. High gas prices keep travel to a minimum, but if the event is important enough, you'll find a way to go. And that was the attitude at this year's Slamfest in Tampa, Florida. A fall favorite for the last dozen years, Slamfest showed that even in tight economic times, some events are just too much fun to miss. Warm weather in the low eighties, the great Florida State Fairgrounds location with its indoor and outdoor display spaces, and lots of fun packed into the weekend's itinerary keep drivers coming back, year after year. More than 900 vehicles to ogle and big cash prizes to win just sweetened the deal. As it has for the last decade, the club Mini Madness, used a portion of the profits from Slamfest to assist Tampa area charities.

SHOW NAME:
The 17th Annual Slamfest

DATES:
October 3-5, 2008

VENUE (CITY/STATE):
The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida

SPECTATOR ATTENDANCE:
More than 4,000

TOTAL VEHICLE ENTRANTS:
More than 900

AWARDS GIVEN:
More than 100 trophies were awarded along with $500 each to the Best Full-size, (Tim Brown, C10), Best Minitruck, (Jason Lazarus' '94 Ranger) Best Domestic (Jack Bines, Camaro), and Best Import (Gerado Banoa, Civic). The Mini Madness Pick (Jonah Martinez, Ranger) for the club's favorite vehicle paid $1,000 and another $1,000 was divided among the bikini contest winners. The Bruce Rivera Award, a tribute to a fallen friend, went to Greg Intezgian. Greg's brother Steve was killed in an accident with his S-10 and Greg restored the truck in Steve's memory.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
In addition to the great collection of vehicles on display, Slamfest hosted the Burnout Competition, club games, and the bikini contest.

SPONSORS:
Diesel Wheels, Scrape-N-Customs, Street Options, AVE Car Stereo Warehouse, Auto Styles, Red's Miami

CONTACT FOR FUTURE EVENTS:
www.minimadness.com