MID­WEST DRAGFEST 2018

Maxin’ and Relaxin’ in Sedalia, Mis­souri

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT AND PHO­TOS BY JON HANSEN

START­ING BACK IN 2005, Mid­west Dragfest (MWDF) has been held nine dif­fer­ent times through­out the years. While the show ex­pe­ri­enced a brief hia­tus dur­ing that time, it’s been back con­sis­tently since 2013, and it doesn’t seem to be go­ing any­where any time soon. Known for its laid-back at­mos­phere and con­sis­tently high-qual­ity builds, MWDF is with­out a doubt a hid­den gem in the Mid­west that’s worth the trip for truck own­ers and spec­ta­tors.

As a first-time show-goer at this event, I wasn’t sure what to ex­pect as I pulled into the rel­a­tively small town of Sedalia, Mis­souri. How­ever, once I made my way out to the show grounds and started ex­plor­ing, I was im­pressed by what the Mis­souri State Fair Grounds and well-or­ga­nized staff of MWDF had to of­fer. Not only was it a very spa­cious area, but it was on grass in­stead of black­top, which means far fewer peo­ple (in­clud­ing my­self) left with a sunburn.

On the first evening of the event, MWDF throws a party for show at­ten­dees called Meat­fest, and it lived up to its name. Watch­ing the crew un­load box af­ter box of burg­ers and dogs to throw on the grill, as well as fill­ing cooler af­ter cooler with beer, well, it was clear that the MWDF staff re­ally knows how to show peo­ple a good time. I should also men­tion that all of the food and drinks were free. How great is that?

The next day, as trucks ar­rived for reg­is­tra­tion and started to fill up the park, claim­ing a fa­vorite spot for the week­end was top

pri­or­ity. Once ev­ery­one set­tled in and the sun went down, it was ob­vi­ous that this was go­ing to be a stel­lar week­end.

It rained for a while on Satur­day morn­ing, a cir­cum­stance that many own­ers dread, but in the Mid­west, truck own­ers en­cour­age it be­cause it usu­ally leads to lower tem­per­a­tures through­out the day. Since this event is held the first week­end of June, ev­ery­one hopes for the coolest temps pos­si­ble.

The rain soon stopped, and the sun came out while trucks streamed through the gates. The show’s lay­out smoothed the judg­ing process and fun events like a truck limbo and the staff-or­ga­nized cruise on Satur­day evening kept ev­ery­one en­ter­tained the en­tire week­end.

Sun­day is the final day of the show and the last chance to see ev­ery­one’s ve­hi­cle laid out in the grass. You can also stick around to see who takes home one of the 50-plus awards, like Best of Show, which in­cludes a $1,000 cash prize.

Mid­west Dragfest is a mus­tat­tend event, and 2019’s dates have al­ready been re­leased,

June 1-2. Spon­sors like Cre­ative Au­dio, Drop Em Wear, Stone Cold Cus­toms, Gooch Cus­toms and many oth­ers make it clear that show has strong sup­port be­hind it year af­ter year.

Dragfest’s own Bre­nan “Mo” Mo­ri­arty wanted to give a quick shout-out to ev­ery­one who’s sup­ported the show through­out the years, and he wanted to say a spe­cial thank-you to the en­tire MWDF crew, who kill it ev­ery year. Mo is mo­ti­vated to put on a big­ger and bet­ter show each year thanks to his crew and his won­der­ful wife Kerri, the mus­cle be­hind the may­hem. Ac­cord­ing to Mo, “Kerri kept me sane through­out all of the stress lead­ing up to the show this year and even ran the food tent, tak­ing a lot of pres­sure and work away from me.” Sup­port like that is what ev­ery suc­cess­ful man needs in his life.

Be on the look­out for mul­ti­ple fea­tures about trucks that at­tended this show in fu­ture is­sues of Street­trucks, and we’ll see you next year in June at Mid­west Dragfest.

JIM­MIE BROYLES BROUGHT HIS NEWLY COLOR CHANGED, BOD­IED HUMMER OUT TO DRAGFEST THIS YEAR. BROYLES ALSO RUNS ONE OF THE BIG­GEST SHOWS IN THE MID­WEST, SLAMBOREE IN OK­LA­HOMA.

THIS RACE-INSPIRED RED C-10 CAUGHT A LOT OF AT­TEN­TION FROM SHOW-GO­ERS.

KEEP A LOOK­OUT IN FU­TURE IS­SUES OF STREET­TRUCKS FOR FEA­TURES ON THESE MINIS.

LEFT. MIKE BROTT KEEPS THE CLAS­SIC MINI-TRUCK SCENE ALIVE. THERE IS NOTH­ING IN THIS EN­GINE BAY THAT SHOULDN’T BE THERE —CLEAN AND LEAN ALL THE WAY.

LEFT. GOOCH CUS­TOM’SOWN BRAN­DON MCCOY LAYS DOWN SOME STRIP­ING ON A DODGE DAKOTA.

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