Underground Kustomz did it again with another hell of a show this year. Over the past few years, Lowdown has been becoming the show to go to in the Pacific NW, and there are some really good shows up here. This year it just flat out kicked ass over the previous years. The only 3 day show in the northwest has built up in popularity more and more over the past few years. So much in fact, that this year they also went to being a 4 day show.
This year began with a Thursday night roll in for the first time. Thursday night is probably the most laid back night of the entire show with a handful of diehards starting the weekend a day early. It also gives the crew from UK a chance to catch their breaths before the majority of people show up Friday night. And once again, Friday night’s roll-in exceeded the previous year’s total show count.
This set the mood for the rest of the weekend. Friday night had some great friends getting to BBQ, hang out and camp with each other once again. Although most of them do get to see each other at the other shows, and camping does happen “unofficially”, this is the only official show campout of the year. There were a few virgins, and petitioners getting ran Friday night, an impromptu cruise, and just general kicking back, having a great time and partying.
The northwest minitruck/custom car scene is unlike any other I’ve been around. You’ll see a camaraderie that is second to none. While most set up their club camps to be somewhat separated, these guys and gals welcome you to set up right next to them. The camps pretty much meld together, it’s definitely family (even if we are somewhat dysfunctional).
More and more killer rides are showing up each year, and a bigger variety as well. Along with a great display of rides, there were plenty of club competitions to participate in. From the piston toss, soda and milk chug, bicycle races, to the most competitive tug of war and duct tape musical chairs I’ve seen in years. Sunset battled their way to taking the tug of war, and Modified Lifestyles had one of their guys that was just a little bit quicker than the rest pull of the win at the duct tape musical chairs. There is also an IASCA sound competition put on by Travis.
Saturday’s show is the only day that the general public is allowed at the event, and then it’s only till 5pm. Once the gates close… well….
After the public leaves the limbo and drag can begin. This goes on for well over an hour, as it needs to get dark enough for the stage and the wet T shirt contest. Karina teased the crowd with just enough of “the goods” showing to take the substantial “winner takes all” cash award, which she shared with the other contestants. Once again, Galen “G-Ride” Johnson, MC’d the event and kept the tunes going over the weekend.
After a great Saturday night of roaming campsites and partying, Sunday came too damn soon. Who’d of thought 4 days wasn’t enough? With a pretty decent raffle and a few other give-aways wrapping up, awards were underway.
Best truck went to Twisted Creations’ Kevin Rost and his Twisted Tiki Mazda, Best Car went to Sean Clark of Sittin Pretti, Girl’s Ride went to Class Act’s Beth New and her S-10, while Severed Ties’ Mike Young’s Colorado got Best Stereo. Relaxed Atmosphere’s Ron Perkins received Best Multi-Color Paint for d’Blazd. Jonathan Wilton from Sunset BC Canada got the Best Mod Award for his Colorado tail lighted 91 S10, Camwinders’ William Zekan picked up the Rat Rod Award for his Canadian ’53 Chevy 12-69, Freaks of Nature Idaho’s Justin Brown nailed the Best Suspension with his B2200 “Star” frame, and Ryan Anderson of Relaxed Atmosphere received Best Single Color Paint for his full size Chevy.
Thanks to the crew of Underground Kustomz for once again putting on one of the best shows in the NW, and to their sponsors and vendors: Grant Kustoms, Wired Energy Drink, Black Sock Mafia, Airbagit.com, Rushforth Wheels, Dynamat, Full Metal Jacket Bed Liners, Slam Specialties, Memphis Car Audio, Cycle Gear, Rob’s Excavating, AVS, Sick Boys Kustoms & Fabrication, Sanctioned Car Care, Kustom Inc. Klothing, Air Zenith, Kustom Collision & Rods, Accuair, Asphalt Assault, Gone So Low Customs, Chad Criss Designs, Powell Designs, Jones Paint Innovations, Billy Bob Customs, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Hybrid Auto Technologies, Shock Industries, Chinook Winds Casino, Borrachos Clothing, Les Schwab Tires, Clearworks Auto Glass, Mad Rabbit Fab, Minitruckstickers.com, Muffler Man, Forever Powder Coating, 253 Fab, Classic, Performance Products, Lincoln Electric, Maxx Tobacco & Vape, Chassis Tech, Scentsy, Minitruck Mayhem, Car Quest, C&R Truck Parts, U-Joint, Summit Racing Equipment, Classic Performance Industries, Powell Designs, and ARMY. Also a big thanks to Sinematiks who did a great job with some video of the show.
With Sittin Pretti making the announcement that they would be retiring their show after 20 years, they left it solely on LowDown as the “it” show to be at for debuts, and potential exposure. While LowDown was definitely one of the shows to be at, they are now, THE show to be at in the northwest.
Lowdown 2014 will be held July 24th – 27th at the SW Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis, WA. For more information on next year’s show and to pre-reg contact Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-701-3681