One of the first late-model Dodge trucks we ever featured was built by Boyd. The red single-cab featured a shaved front end, doors, and rear, custom pinstriping, a set of Boyd's own 17s, and BFG Comp T/A rubber.
American Sunroof Company's '94 S-10 caused a ruckus thanks to its Targa-style roof treatment and slick appearance. The industry had been inundated with convertible conversions for years and ASC was in the mix, but the Targa top was a fresh idea that never quite caught on even though it looked great.
By the time the March issue went to print, Hoyt Vandenberg had left the building, opening the door for future SEMA president Peter MacGillivray to take the reins of ST starting with the April issue.
The April issue and several others we printed in '95 featured a term on the cover coined by the Sport Truck staff for trucks that roamed on asphalt and not dirt. The term was later ripped off by a start-up magazine we're all familiar with at the turn of the century. The new mag even robbed the font we used for our new term for its cover logo. You know what they say about imitation.
Al Martinez got it right when he included a bikini contest in his Truck Jamboree shows. His show routinely grabbed the coveted "best bikini contest" award.
Here's a couple of standouts: A hot-pink Pro Street Toyota mini powered by a BBC and a chick with a dude's haircut.
In the January issue, Editor MacGillivray responded to longstanding accusations from disgruntled readers that the staff held a bias toward Chevy trucks versus other brands. Not much has changed since then. Chevy is still the number one customized truck in the country and the one we end up photographing most often. Coincidentally, it's also the brand that sells the most magazines for us.
The February issue introduced our Sport Truck of the Year testing, which was the first test by a truck magazine that wasn't just a regurgitated press kit. ST actually rented out Los Angeles County Raceway (RIP) and put five different trucks and SUVs through their paces. The winner was Ford's redesigned F-150 Flareside.
The louvers and Pro Street look of Tony and Robin Gomes' '91 Chevy were nothing new, but the airbrushed side trim that emulated '58 Impala styling was ahead of its time. The trim used airbrushing tricks that made it look like chrome trim was indeed transplanted onto the truck.
In the April issue, we noted that Edelbrock hopped on Al Gore's Superhighway by launching one of the first websites (www.edelbrock.com) to offer technical info.
Nothing made us want to drive up a hill looking for hitchhiking hotties like the old Jardine Performance Exhaust ads with the pink truck and the naughty hottie in the short skirt.
Just when we thought the embarrassment ended with the elimination of vans from our coverage, we went and tested jet boats in the August issue. Worse yet, we didn't test a bunch of fire-breathing, big-block-powered jets either. No, we tested a bunch of oversize PWCs. We're still living that one down. Steve Warner was the star of the photo shoot. Maybe that's how he moved up from editorial assistant to associate editor the following month.