RE­TURN OF THE MINI TRUCKS

Pasmag (USA) - - I SSUE PREVIEW - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY JOR­DAN ALATORRE

Ever won­dered what hap­pened to mini trucks? Back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, they were ev­ery­where. Rangers, B2200s, Hiluxes and ev­ery­thing in be­tween were mod­i­fied with air cylin­ders and bags, hy­draulics, danc­ing beds, chopped roofs, sui­cide doors and some truly unique body kits. Then, they just went off the radar. Well, now, with the sweep­ing trend of ag­gres­sive fit­ment, mini trucks have seen their resur­gence. I spoke with Jor­dan Alatorre, the Pres­i­dent of Mini Ma­chines and owner of the sweet Hilux you see here, about why this re­turn is hap­pen­ing now. He chalks it up to the new wave of en­thu­si­asts and their tastes.

“Each gen­er­a­tion comes out with their own style,” he ex­plains. “For us, we love mini trucks, but also cur­rent car mod­i­fi­ca­tion trends. It’s like the Old El Paso com­mer­cial with the flat bot­tomed taco shells, and we’re the girl who says, ‘Why can’t we just have both?’” Com­bin­ing the ag­gres­sive fit­ment move­ment with cur­rent body mod­i­fi­ca­tions and in­flu­ences from JDM and Euro, th­ese trucks have a seem­ingly unlimited mod­i­fi­ca­tion in­dex. This is fur­ther bol­stered by the fact that most own­ers retro­fit other parts to fit their trucks, like Alatorre’s side skirts from a MK3 Jetta.

Mini trucks are back in full force and I re­ally, re­ally want one now.

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