Think back to your favorite truck show. Is it the one where your truck finally debuted 100 percent finished, or is it the time you won an award? No matter the show, size, weather, or award received, I guarantee you the show you think back on with the fondest memory is the one where you and your buddies had a great time just hanging out. As of this writing, it’s December 17, 2013, and I’m one week removed from Turkey Drag, held in Tyler, Texas. That same weekend, Dallas and most of northeast Texas experienced really bad ice storms with temperatures never going past 34 degrees. It’s hard to have a good show when your truck can’t get traction in ice-covered grass that instantly turns to mud, and when you can’t feel your toes or fingers, it’s hard to have a smile on your face. With that said, it was one of my favorite shows of 2013.

Keep in mind the show wasn’t a success. No show promoter in the world can predict or control the weather, so no one was to blame. When it’s that cold, that dangerous on the highways, and your pride and joy may get stuck in the mud, you’re not likely going to place that weekend at the top of your list. The reason why I consider it to be a great show is that I spent those few days with good friends, ate some good food (God bless Cracker Barrel), and we had good times. Show memories are funny, because oftentimes you find yourself laughing at the dumb and funny stuff you did at a show a few years ago, only to make new memories at the current show that you’ll be reminiscing about in the future. I tell my family and coworkers all the time that truck people are some of the best in the world, and the reason why I say that with so much conviction is the friends I’ve made over the last 11 years. Thank you for reading, and thank you for being a part of our extended group of custom truck friends.

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