The name has changed, but the game remains the same: Build the greatest truck you can and send us some pictures and info on it and maybe, just maybe, fortune and glory will be yours. For the last three years we've dug through mountains of snail mail and gigabytes of e-mails to find the most inspiring and hilarious trucks our readership could come up with. The submissions were so great this year that we had to wrestle just to figure out who should win. The result is the Homegrown Hauler Awards.
The Homegrown Hauler Awards is a celebration of the undeniable spirit of the custom truck owner. No matter how high the price of gas has risen, how long our country stays at war, or how oppressive the local p.d. might seem at times, you guys keep on supporting the custom truck community by crafting amazing rides. You've weathered quite a few storms in '08, and this is our way of saying thanks!
The rules are simple. Send us your best photos-and that means the ones in which we can see the whole truck, not just one half or three quarters of it. Make sure that thing is in focus too. And you'd better send us some accurate info about what parts of your ride are custom too, because if you don't we may take the opportunity to make stuff up and give you a bogus award, just because we're crazy like that.
We'll pick the needles from the proverbial haystack using our patent-pending scientific methods. Our methods are proprietary, so we can't precisely explain them to you now because we don't want other magazines ripping off our grand ideas. But, we will say this: Our method for picking winners involves atomic headbutts, crooked arm lariats, spinning heel kicks, two chickens, and a full moon. It sounds sketchy, but our track record speaks for itself. We've had "winners" every year. So if you didn't win an award this year, don't blame us. Just go big next year and get your submission in quickly, so we can have a tag-team death match to see who gets the hardware in '09.
The Sickest Dodge Award
Roy G. Monk'S '89 dodge dakota
Mopar 360-cid crate V-8 / Holley 750-cfm carburetor / Hooker shorty headers / March pulley system / K&N air cleaner / 2.5-inch Flowmaster exhaust with 40-series mufflers / Keisler five-speed transmission / Hurst shifter / hydraulic clutch / 8-3/4-inch rear with 3.90:1 gears / fuel cell
Shaved doors, tailgate, fenders / molded-in body kit / Cadillac taillights / billet grille / 3-inch fiberglass cowl-induction hood and bedcover / Viper Red paint
Kenwood X879 CD head unit / Kenwood 1,000-watt amplifier / 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers / four Kenwood 6x9-inch speakers / 7-inch monitor in custom armrest
Belltech 2/4 drop
'90 Camaro bucket seats / Auto Meter Arctic White gauges / Grant GT steering wheel / '90 Chrysler tilt steering column / billet rearview mirror
We Say: This thing deserves a feature story with better photos.
The Best Use of the Color Pink Award
preston stockner's GMC, ER, Chevy with a GMC grille
Mocksville, North Carolina
17x8 Eagle Alloy Series 203 / 245/45R17 tires
SBC with lots of dress-up / aluminum covers / painted fan shroud
Tilt hood using Buick LeSabre parts / '91 Chevy clear corner lights / flames by Bill Poole / smoothie bumper / GMC billet grille / Cal-Vu mirrors / painted valance
He don't need no stinking stereo!
Belltech 4/6 drop
Grant GT steering wheel / billet trim from Stylin' Concepts / Hurst Competition Plus floor shifter / Steel Horse leather seating
We Say: His last name is ironic. Get it? We give Preston huge props for being a single dad with three kids and building such a fine ride. For this, we excuse the indiscretion of putting pink on his truck.
The I'm Pissed Junior Switched Sponsors Award
Travis Euton's '00 Chevy S-10
16x8 American Racing NASCAR / Toyo Z4
Could be a four-banger or a V-6. We have no clue other than it has a K&N filter.
Fiberglass tonneau cover / clear corner lights / M3-style mirrors / custom vinyl lettering by Lazy Larry of Superior Graphics in Sciotoville, Ohio
MA Audio flip-down screen / PlayStation 2 / Memphis Audio 12-inch subwoofers / Memphis 500 D amplifier
4-inch magic drop. It's magic because he didn't list any parts in his letter.
Flamed Colorado Custom steering wheel / flamed gauges / billet pedals / painted dash trim
We Say: It's time to make an appointment for some new graphics, dude
The Manny, Moe, and Jack Beatdown Award
Art Gallo's '92 Chevy C2500
20-inch Kaiser / P275/45R20 Goodyear Eagle GT
Smeding Performance 310hp 383 stroker V-8 / Turbo City high-flow TBI / Edelbrock headers / Gibson exhaust / MSD 6AL ignition box, plug wires, coils / 700R4 built by Phoenix Transmission / chrome everywhere under the hood
Precision billet grille / clear lights all around / euro front air dam / Street Scene side mirrors / V-Tech side window covers / Bow Tie taillight covers
Alpine CD head unit / Alpine speakers / Kenwood 200-watt amplifier / 12-inch JL Audio subwoofer
DJM 3/4 drop with Doetsch shocks / Power Stop cross-drilled rotors / Hawk brake pads
Auto Meter gauges in A-pillar pod
We Say: At 70 years old, Art is holdin' it down for all the gearheads in Santee.
The Best G-Machine Award
Matt Boshar's '95 Ford Ranger
Manchester, New Hampshire
FR500 knock-offs (17x9 front, 17x10.5 rear) / Hoosier road-race slicks (275/40 front, 315/35 rear)
FRPP 302 short-block / "massaged" World Products Windsor SR iron heads / Edelbrock Performer RPM intake / Holley 650 Double Pumper carb / Hooker Super Comp 1-5/8-inch-long tube headers / Flowmaster mufflers / three-core aluminum radiator / 3,000-cfm electric fan / MSD 6AN box with rev control, and a second 6A box as a backup / G-Force Racing T5 transmission / Steeda tri-ax shifter / OEM 8.8 rear with 4.10 gears and the factory Traction-Lok differential
Orange pearl, orange flake, black two-tone / fabricated front splitter housing brake ducts / steel bedcover / road-race wing / fuel-cell guard tube bumper / 16-gallon circle-track fuel cell in bed / battery box in bed
Owner-designed suspension / modified tubular '94 Mustang lower arms / '97 Mustang spindles / spindle adapters from Whitby Motorcars / QA1 coilovers / anywhere from 750- to 950-pound Eibach springs / OEM front sway bar with custom end-links / 13-inch Mustang Cobra vented rotors / Mach 1 calipers / Hawk race pads / Wilwood proportioning valve / front centerline was moved forward 2 inches / asymmetrical three-link utilizing a Panhard bar for axle location / OEM Splash sway bar / anywhere from 250- to 450-pound springs / 12-inch Mustang Cobra vented rotors / Cobra calipers
Full-containment aluminum racing seat / full 10-point road-race rollcage / custom aluminum dash with switches, gauges, and ignition / safety nets / a fan to keep cool on the track
There is absolutely no audio equipment in the truck.
We Say: Matt is one hardcore dude, designing his own suspension and building this truck himself just to go out and embarrass cars on the racetrack.