Just before everyone sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what the dawn of 2002 would bring, hundreds of custom truck enthusiasts got together to ring in the New Year at the Granddaddy of events, Resolutions 2002 — Sponsored by Line-X. This was the 26th time that Sunset Truckers hosted the get-together, which has become the show for the hard-core enthusiast over more than two decades. Held at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, California, Resolutions had reportedly been killed off as an event. Hey, claiming death worked for the Beatles, and obviously it worked to bring custom nuts out of the woodwork for the newest installment of Reso’. The show’s founders have continued to put on the event for the past two years running, with the same improbable future for the show. For the most part, having any event right in the middle of winter is an invitation to Mother Nature for a bunch of interesting times due to the weather alone.

No matter where you are, it’s been long understood that if you miss any Resolutions, then all of your friends in your own and other clubs have every right to treat you as if you were an ugly, balding stepchild of a lawyer until the next Reso’ comes around. Even then, you may become the target of anyone’s jokes at any time that they desire. Since the turnout for this past Resolutions was great, even with the sudden onslaught of rain that covered the show Friday night and almost all day on Saturday, we figure that many decided not to lose their hard-core status after all. Enthusiasts came from the Midwest, as far away as Kansas and Oklahoma, and from as far north as Washington and British Columbia to show off their customs this year.

Even with a seemingly constant drizzle keeping things damp throughout show day on Saturday, some of the area’s hottest customs came out to keep their status this year. Plenty of mini-trucks, fullsize trucks, and a bunch of cool retro-custom cars and trucks sat on the paved showfield displaying their accomplishments. Obviously, no one told them that it wasn’t typical to show under a sky full or clouds, since no one even seemed to mind except we magazine types, who were unable to shoot all of the sunny Southern California photos that we would have liked to.

By the time that the show staff closed judging, the sun had only just begun to peek out of the clouds. With about an hour of sunlight left, people headed out to find their own fun either at the show’s DJ stand, or out on the town somewhere in the Inland Empire. Sunday didn’t bring much more rain, but the weather stayed cloudy and cold for the legendary awards presentation.

For information on the next Resolutions, or other events sponsored by Sunset Truckers or Motorsport Promotions, contact: Motorsport Promotions, Dept. ST, 4177 Margarita St., Chino, CA 91710; (909) 590-0785; www.sunsetwhittier.com, www.sunsetchino.com.

Sponsors for Resolutions 2002 included the following companies, which also had booths set up in a specially arranged vendor area: Line-X Corp., Colorado Custom, Drop Down Customs, Sportruck Specialties, Musso Motorsports, Fleet Graphics, KRZ Customs, Mike’s Tint Shop, and Autoi.com.