Where should you have gone to see some of the hottest trucks and the coolest people in the country? The 2000 Sport Truck Nationals, presented by Chevrolet and sponsored by Comp Cams, Flowmaster, and Yokohama on June 30 to July 2. With its 75-acre nature preserve, 18-hole champion golf course, and 175-slip boat marina, Sawmill Creek Resort Lodge in Huron, Ohio, was the best place to hold the greatest truck show on earth. There was lots of stuff to do outside the show, from go-carts to mini golf to the Cedar Point amusement park, all of which is just a stone’s throw away.

We drove in on the setup day of the show to what we thought would be an empty parking lot. Boy, were we wrong. There were already quite a few trucks there and their owners were shining them up. After we put our bags away we set out to wander the show grounds. The first truck we came upon was a ’90 Chevy owned by Scott Stanley of Ontario, Canada. We got to talking to Scott and he showed us all the bitchin’ things he had done to customize his rig. Look for a feature on this one soon.

The next day the show really kicked off. We didn’t know what to expect but were surprised to see the quality and quantity of trucks that had slipped in overnight. We got a lot of interesting information from people of every age group on how they slammed, shaved, smoothed, pumped-up, and basically customized their rides—and in the process made some new friends.

The show wrapped up on the third day with an awards ceremony. Those participants who pre-registered were eligible for the raffle of more than $10,000 in prizes. The prizes were provided by Flowmaster, Comp Cams, Yokohama, Goodmark, Granatelli Motorsports, ACC, Aftermarket Wholesale, Air Lift, Air Ride Technologies, Brothers, California Custom, Centerv Line, CGS Motorsports, Colorado Custom, Gaylord’s, Hothchkis, Hypertech, Jardine, Jeg’s, MSD, Specialty Covers, Stull, Stylin’ Concepts, Truck Masters, Unlimited Products, and Year One.

After the prizes were handed out, the winners of the Top 25; the People’s Choice awards for outstanding GM, Ford, and Mopar; and the Editors’ Choice awards for best paint, interior, engine, and engineering received their trophies and prizes. The show eventually unwound from there and people said goodbye and started their trek home. Sometimes you don’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes of a major event and what it takes to keep a show running smoothly. The Sport Truck special events staff and director Gary Case did an awesome job.

Next year’s show promises to be bigger and badder at the same place June 7-9. Look for more trucks in the show ’n’ shine area, more vendors on the midway, more good people to admire your rig, and double the prizes! For information on next year’s show call 800/622-4219 or you can visit www.emapUSAevents.com and our events staff will give you any info you need.