|9th Annual Original Southern Mini-Truckin' Nats '98
July 10-12, 1998
|Summer in the South is extremely hot this year and on
Friday, July 10, Pigeon Forge, TN was no exception. Pigeon Forge is nestled in the heart
of the Great Smokey Mountains. It is a town of hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, water
slides, go-kart tracks, music theatres, outlet malls, car museums and auto shows.
The official name for this event was the Ninth Annual Original Southern Street Machine Mini Truckin' Nationals & the Southeast Mini Truckin' Nationals II - Music Road Hotel, Pigeon Forge, TN. The owners of the original Southern Mini-Truckin' Nats had seperated and the wife got the show. Somewhere else in Pigeon Forge, unannounced to many, the husband was hosting his own Southeast Mini-Truckin' Nationals.
There was a surprizing number of sport compact cars and full-size trucks in attendance; more than ever before, and more than anyone expected. Needless to say, many die-hard mini-truckers were upset. Cruising with sport compacts and full-sizes wasn't really a problem, but most of them also entered the show. Further compliants were made about the lack of parking and no Mazada class.
Aside from all the problems, Pigeon Forge was full of mini-trucks;
they were everywhere! Trucks were brought to the Music Road Hotel parking lot to clean, to
show, and to be judged. Many outrageous paint schemes were on hand from checkered flags to
racing stripes to wild colors cris-crossing in an array of vibrant colors.
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