The Truck Group at McMullen Argus Publishing (Truckin', Off-Road, Mini Truckin', Today's SUV, and 4 Wheel Drive and Sport Utility) has teamed up with NASCAR to present a Truck Festival & Lifestyle Expo Tour during the 2000 show season. The Truxpo Truck Tour consists of festivals at four of NASCAR's most popular oval racing facilities in North America: Darlington, South Carolina; followed by Talladega, Alabama; Nazareth, Pennsylvania; and finishing the series at Daytona, Florida.
Talladega is our second stop on the tour. This huge facility (2.66 miles) with its 33-degree high-banked corners has produced NASCAR's top-speed record when Bill Elliot toured the D-shaped oval in his stock car at the speed of 212.809 mph in 1987. Talladega Super Speedway is the biggest, fastest, most competitive motorsports facility in the world. The Super Speedway opened as Alabama International Motor Speedway in September 1969. It is well-known for being the fastest speedway of NASCAR's Winston Cup, Busch, and ARCA series during the two weekends of speed in April and October, and for its yearly Talladega blasts.
During the first weekend in June, off-road enthusiasts from all over the Southern states converged on Talladega Speedway for the first Inaugural Truxpo at Talladega that was devoted to custom fullsize, midsize, minis, and off-road vehicles of all sizes. There was a show-'n'-shine for all. The leading manufacturers were present on manufacturers' row, showing the latest off-road, custom, and performance hardware.
Early arriving competitors and vendors were checking in all day Friday at the Speedway's registration office, and the vendors began setting up later that evening. As the sun broke the horizon with a beautiful southern, summer sunrise Saturday morning, anxious competitors were lined up at the gate.
Within a couple of hours, the show was taking shape, and by 9 a.m. the place was rockin'. As spectators came through the gates, activities began developing and the sights and the sounds of the show were becoming a true reality. The vendors' row was a mob scene with curious folks checking out the latest stylin' trends in truck fashions and performance.
For those who needed their daily dose of destruction action, there was plenty all weekend; the Tough Trucks raced against the clock on a treacherous off-road course with bone-jarring jumps that punished both driver and machine. Ground-shakin', high-flyin' monster trucks also invaded the Truxpo. Fourteen of the wildest iron-clad creatures on the planet thrashed and crushed cars like beer cans as they competed side by side, blasting down a 1/8-mile strip on the Talladega infield grass. When the Christmas tree flashed green, these mammoth giants launched like space shuttles, then had to negotiate two car-cluster jumps that were located in each lane, while going full speed. On both days, spectators and competitors could get a real hands-on feel for the monster trucks when the pits were open. Folks were also treated to rides in the back of a full-blown monster truck. As if the drag racin' wasn't enough, each monster truck came out and finished the day off with a free-style session creating the most outrageous acrobatics seen on four wheels.
The show-'n'-shine was full of high-rollin', off-road iron 2WD and 4WD domestic and import vehicles. The rainbow of colors glistened like sparkling jewels in the southern sunshine. Strolling through row after row of countless show vehicles makes you wonder about all of the time and effort that was invested to create each show-quality vehicle - it's certainly a lot, and well worth it to the show participants as well as the spectators.
For more Truxpo event information, contact: TRUXPO, (904) 255-8785, www.truxpotrucktour.com.
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