BAT­TLE AT ’BAMA 2017

DUK­ING IT OUT IN MO­BILE

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT AND PHO­TOS BY BRIAN GOUDE

Duk­ing it out in Mo­bile

THE GULF COAST is no stranger to car and truck shows both small and large, but lately, we’re see­ing more and more new events pop­ping up. Bat­tle in Bama is one of them, and it’s def­i­nitely one that shouldn’t be missed. The show started in 2016, and even though it rained pretty heav­ily that first year, it was a huge suc­cess. Craig Row­ley and his crew must’ve spent all year work­ing some se­ri­ous juju be­cause the weather for this year’s event was per­fect.

The show is held at the USS Alabama Bat­tle­ship Me­mo­rial Park, and you can’t help but no­tice the bat­tle­ship and other amaz­ing his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts through­out the grounds. The bat­tle­ship is the site of a pre-party where guests are wel­comed on the bow of the ship and treated to mu­sic, de­li­cious tacos and tours. The party was capped off by a stun­ning view of the fire­works in down­town Mo­bile, Alabama.

The show was a great suc­cess, with more than 700 en­tries from all over the coun­try. Two words could de­scribe the show, “va­ri­ety” and “qual­ity.” From full-blown show trucks to laid­out diesels and the high­est 4x4s around, Bat­tle in Bama had it all. An ar­ray of some of the finest tro­phies we’ve ever seen was of­fered to re­ward th­ese amaz­ing rides. Cus­tom-painted surf­boards, skate­boards, hand­made, bead-rolled and framed metal art­work, and cus­tom Plex­i­glas awards were all up for grabs. Craig and his crew know how to host an event be­cause they’ve been at­tend­ing shows them­selves for years, and now they’re giv­ing back to the scene in a big way.

Huge thanks go out to the show’s ti­tle spon­sor, Metal Broth­ers Hot Rods, and cospon­sor, Sparkles De­tail. Make sure you keep an eye out for the 2018 event.

THE SHOW WAS A GREAT SUC­CESS, WITH MORE THAN 700 EN­TRIES FROM ALL OVER THE COUN­TRY.”

TRACEY “CHICO” SHAW BROUGHT OUT A TRIO OF CUS­TOMS, IN­CLUD­ING HIS TIME­LESS NIS­SAN TI­TAN.

ABOVE. LISA HAYRE’S SUPERCLEAN FORD F-150 HAS BEEN SHOW­ING ALL OVER THE U.S. THIS SEA­SON.

BROTH­ERS PHILLIP AND PAS­CAL BARONE DIS­PLAYED THEIR ICONIC TRUCKS NEXT TO EACH OTHER FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

BE­LOW. MIKE SIMPSON’S C-10 BASKED IN THE SUN­LIGHT AND LOOKED AS KILLER AS EVER.

MATT SMITH BROUGHT HIS RE­CENT STREET TRUCKS FEA­TURE OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE A COM­PLETE RE­BUILD.

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