Last year was the inauguration of a new truck show in the South, called Scrapin' the Smokies. The event drew truck enthusiasts from all over the Southeast to Hendersonville, North Carolina, where they roamed between mostly late-model custom minis and fullsize pickups, with some classics representing the yesteryear. It was a hot, muggy weekend that had people wandering from the shade of one canopy to another, but the trucks were pretty cool. The event offered the usual array of show 'n' shine prize money, a bikini contest, nighttime dragging, and some unusual live entertainment-a pair of brash white rappers and a band of pre-teen rockers performed for the crowd that weekend. Depending on where they placed, show 'n' shine winners received prize money, plaques, clocks from STS, or a Sawzall that was ensconced in a custom-painted carrying case, thanks to Mr. Scrape Customs.

The promoter, Brandon Burrell, spent a lot of time in the past covering shows for Truckin' and other magazines and decided to parlay this experience to create this mid-season event. He learned some lessons from the first one and hopes to make this year's Scrapin' the Smokies even better. This year, the show will be scrapin' at a new location, the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina, on June 16-17. This venue is different from the mall setting of last year's show. To find the latest details about the event, call Brandon Burrell at (828) 275-5182, or go to www.scrapinthesmokies.com