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Stylin's High Low show brings out the best in truck

There is something to be said about truck enthusiasts.

They’re passionate, they think big, but most importantly, at the Stylin' Trucks High Low Truck Show this past Sunday, they were determined.

Not even an early morning chilly drizzle and a visit from the local authorities could put a damper on the 7th annual show held at our headquarters in Independence, Ohio. More than 130 trucks and Jeeps from around the country braved the weather to display custom rides that were the only showstoppers around.

“This is, by far, our biggest show ever,” said Jon Homquist, general manager of Stylin'. “It was great to see participants from last year, but it was even better to see more truck lovers and enthusiasts.”

As in any outdoor event, when Mother Nature pours down it’s time to seek shelter. But at the High Low Truck Show, the rain proved no match for our spectators. The vehicles were destined to shine (rain or shine).

And fortunately, trucks don’t melt from light rain. Thankfully, our truck goers had plenty of microfiber towels on hand to dry away the raindrops and impress the judges.

And impress they did.

The large showing of custom trucks turned enough heads causing onlookers to do laps around the parking lot to check out each and every ride. Lifted or lowered, brute muscle or smooth, crazy hydraulics or sick system wattage, every truck was represented in Independence Sunday. Truck lovers were definitely little kids in a huge candy store.

As the weather ebbed and flowed, the crowd continued to pour in and the sounds of our DJ, Joe McNeil from Big Ear Productions, made sure they stayed. But as McNeil was rolling along with the good vibes and music, Independence’s finest came along and forced us to quiet it down.

Apparently, some of our residential neighbors had complained to the police that our good time was a bit too loud for their taste. But our enthusiasts, like us, weren’t fazed at all.

But wait, there was more to our big day. Our friends from Bully Dog provided us with its Xbox 360 Driving Simulator experience game – Baja: Edge of Control™ – that almost stole the show.

“Everyone who tried the simulator was amazed how real it felt,” said Kristy Moyer, Stylin' Trucks sales trainer. “That was definitely the big hit of the day.”

Zach Morrow had a real feel for the game. So much so, he came away as the winner of the Best Game category. Not to be outdone, Mike Robinson came away with the top honor for the best lap, and Nick Leone nabbed the Best Time Trail.

Those who loved their fun in the form of bean bags and a wooden board with a hole on the top weren’t left out of the fun.
The corn hole championship displayed some crazy skills by our contestants but the father and son team of Carmen and Marty Miozzi (known as the “Carmen and Carmen” duo) outlasted the other 14 competitors to take home the gold.

Speaking of gold, we did have a truck competition (Marty took home the Best of Show category). Although we thought all of the rides were amazing, we had to pick some winners and here they are:

Category Owner Truck
Best Chevrolet   
Rob Hickok 1985 Chevy S-10 Pickup
Best GMC 
Sherri Kurtz 1994 GMC Sierra
Best Ford Ken Cobb 2005 Ford F350
Best Dodge Bruce Bunner 2009 Dodge Ram
Best Import    Joe Shimkets, 1995 Nissan Pickup
Best Under Construction  Eric Kurtz 1989 Mazda B-Series Pickup
Tweeter's Choice Eddie May 1993 GMC Pickup
Best of Show  Marty Miozzi 2008 Dodge Ram

Extra special thanks to all of our partners at “Action Alley”: Progressive Insurance, JET, SSBC, Auto Ventshade, Nifty, Lund, Bak, Ohio Technical College, Stainless Works, Granatelli, McGaughy's and PUTCO.

And Stylin' thanks to Quaker Steak for the awesome hot dogs and hamburgers at a very affordable price, our friends from Hypertech who gave away its very popular Max Energy programmers, Truxedo who offered a free tonneau cover and In Pro Car Ware who gave away a total of $300 in gift ceritificates. See you in 2010!!

Check out the pictures below, click on them to view full-size.

2009 High Low Truck Show Who's that burning the parking lot? That's Ken Cobb and his 2005 Ford F350

2009 High Low Truck Show Bruce Bunner's 2009 Dodge Ram

2009 High Low Truck ShowLiving the Low Lyfe: Rob Hickok's 1985 Chevy S-10 Pickup 2009 High Low Truck ShowEric Kurtz's 1989 Mazda B-Series Pickup

2009 High Low Truck Show Sherri Kurtz's 1994 GMC Sierra 2009 High Low Truck ShowJoe Shimkets' 1995 Nissan Pickup
2009 High Low Truck Show Eddie May's 1993 GMC Pickup

2009 High Low Truck Show Marty Miozzi's 2008 Dodge Ram
Chevy S-10

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