It's that time of year when custom truck enthusiasts are hibernating and getting ready for the upcoming 2011 show season. During the cold winter months when most of the country is buried in snow and freezing temperatures, many truck enthusiasts are forced to participate in indoor activities like putting the final touches on long-term projects or fine-tuning minor improvements of existing creations. I have been spinnin' wrenches on my ol' fat fender '50 Suburban for longer than I want to admit.

Year round mechanical maintenance is a must if your show truck is your daily driver in the warmer states. Even if your truck is only busted out for shows, it is still a good idea to keep it well maintained and preserved during the off-season. For those of you that trailer your rides, you should take this time to check out your trailer, as it is your means of transporting your queen to shows. Things like trailer tires, wheel bearings, wheel studs, brakes, lights, winch, tie-downs, and current license plate tag. Of course, the off season also means it's time to break out the microfiber cloths, polishes, waxes, chrome cleaner, tire, and leather dressings. Custom truck enthusiasts have a thing for spending endless hours polishing and cleaning-it drives girlfriends and wives nuts. A new truck cover would be a good investment while your pride and joy continues to be stored.

Fortunately for those of us that enjoy life in SoCal, our show season runs year round. I recently attended the John Force Holiday and Mooneyes X-mas shows in a T-shirt, shorts, sandals, and a Santa hat. Both events were packed with more than 2,500 customs and thousands of spectators at each show. During this time of year before I attended the winter shows, I had a moment of silence as I sympathized with you folks in the frozen tundra. Don't worry, Spring will be here soon.