The guy on the Weather Channel said that Ohio was undergoing some severe thunderstorms, but there was a possibility of some clear skies ahead. With that news in hand, we had our fingers crossed and hoped that the weather would be good in time for our annual Sport Truck Nationals. As luck would have it, the skies cleared and made for a great weekend, attracting many more participants and spectators to the event than expected. This was the second year the Nationals was held at the Lodge at Sawmill Creek resort in Huron, Ohio. The resort lies right on the edge of Lake Erie, and aside from the marina filled with large pleasure boats and a pro golf course along its shores, the large grassy areas served as our canvas for the weekend of June 8-10. As we arrived at the Lodge at Sawmill Creek on Friday, we were amazed that nearly 100 participants had already claimed their display space and were preparing for the weekend. By the time the show officially started on Saturday afternoon, there were more than 400 participants with high-quality custom trucks and sport/utility vehicles.

Chevrolet was the major sponsor of the event and was pleased that a majority of the custom trucks present were fullsize Silverados, S-10s, and Tahoes. However, that doesn’t mean that there was a lack of Fords and Mopars. Many of these vehicles also ended up being photographed for upcoming features.

For example, Owen Oesterling from Butler, Pennsylvania, brought out his ’95 Dodge Ram outfitted with a 426 Hemi engine. Classic trucks were also present, including an awesome ’56 Ford F-100 owned by Brian Ramstack. Brian’s truck is featured this month (“’56 Transformer”) and uses a blown 351 Windsor motor backed by a five-speed manual transmission that’s activated with a Porsche shifter. Our cover truck for this month was also at the show. Rob Dotson of Justice, Illinois, brought out his spectacular GMC S-15 outfitted with an outrageous paint scheme and audio system.

For more show coverage and photos, check out the October issue of Sport Truck, on sale now!