One of the coolest stories we've ever printed was Jim Aust's interview in the January '01 issue with Harry Bradley, one of the designers of the '67 Chevy truck.
Who could forget the Boyd Coddington wheel ads featuring Sandee Westgate and that infamous "Got 20s" license plate?
The next celebrity-owned truck we featured was comedian and star of the Fox sitcom Titus, Christopher Titus's '00 Ford Lightning, which featured a flame job by Dennis Rickles. The truck rode on new 20-inch wheels by Foose.
The August issue was our largest ever at 260 pages long.
Our first lifted truck cover was the September issue.
In July, ST went all-color!
The March issue also employed a new format for feature-truck stories in which the staff didn't bother writing a story at all. We just printed some photos with cheesy captions. Sorry.
The '01 installment of the Sport Truck Challenge was unique because we had some ringers in the mix. Mark and Leann Sargent of Lewisville, Texas, took a simple approach to building their ride and it paid off. They stuffed an LT4 Corvette motor and T56 six-speed trans into their standard cab '92 Chevy, which pushed it to 14.62 quarter-mile times. The truck stopped from 60 mph in 140.5 feet and ran a 600-foot slalom course at nearly 60 mph for the win
In the January issue, we got a sneak peek of the new Chevy Colorado.
In February, McMullen bought out Emap, and the newly formed Primedia became the new kingpin magazine publishing company. Kevin Wilson left the editor's desk of Truckin' and came over to ST to replace Cole Quinnell as editorial director. We also crowned the new Dodge Ram Sport our Sport Truck of the Year in the same issue.
In April, publisher Todd Horn and editor Dan Sanchez both left the mag at the same time, making Kevin Wilson the editor and editorial director for the group of truck magazines at the same time.
Long before it became common to cut the rockers off a truck in order to lay the doors on the ground with an air suspension and a body drop, Geral Ashe dropped this bomb on the scene. He cut 12 inches off the bottom of his Nissan Hardbody, slicing right though the doors and front bumper to make it the lowest, if not most hacked-up, mini we've ever seen.
After the SEMA Show, Mike Finnegan rebuilt his Tacoma while working at Mini Truckin' magazine. Three years later, the truck was traded away and he was rockin' a fullsize Chevy and working at ST.
When Banks decided to go back to Bonneville to chase another record, we got in on the buildup of the Sidewinder Dakota with these behind-the-scene pics.
We succumbed to the power of the almighty penis-enlargement dollar in August with another lame advertisement.