10YEARS DEEP

SLAM­ILY RE­UNION HITS A DECADE IN 2018

Street Trucks - - SLAMILY REUNION 2018 - TEXT AND PHO­TOS BY JON HANSEN

THIS AU­GUST MARKED the tenth year of the an­nual Slam­ily Re­union show in Fort Smith, Arkansas. This north­west show of­fers one of the friendli­est staffs around, and it’s hosted in one of the most wel­com­ing show-goer cities we have vis­ited lately. From low­ered to lifted and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, the re­union is a week­end full of rolling in and cruis­ing around the Arkansas-ok­la­homa Fair­grounds.

With ve­hi­cles of all types posted up on dis­play— in­clud­ing clas­sic hot rods next to lowrid­ers and mas­sive lifted trucks along­side body­drops—the lucky judges had a pain­less judg­ing sys­tem thanks to drive-through lanes. Cus­tom ve­hi­cle own­ers drove their builds through the judg­ing area when they were ready, which gave out-of-town driv­ers a chance to clean up any road residue and a chance to go over their pride and joy with the judges them­selves to high­light each and ev­ery lit­tle de­tail.

Unique judg­ing cat­e­gories show the wide range of di­ver­sity that Slam­ily Re­union of­fers at­ten­dees year af­ter year. Awards go to: Best of Show, Best Truck, Best Mini, Best Lifted, Best Car, Best Paint, Best in Progress, the Top 100 (yes, they give awards to the Top 100 builds at this show).

Aside from look­ing at the builds, at­ten­dees can find many things to do each year at Slam­ily Re­union. The show not only has a live DJ play­ing all day, but it also fea­tures events like col­or­ing con­tests for the kids, races to chug a full beers through straws, an in­tense syrup chug­ging con­test, and a few other things to keep the day in­ter­est­ing.

Also, a large va­ri­ety of food trucks and ven­dors are typ­i­cally in at­ten­dance to feed the fans of this great event. #We­outhere Ap­parel, Bree­den Auto Group, Cam­bered Cus­toms, Solo Clas­sics, Vi­sion Au­tosports, Flo Air­ride Mfg, Slam Spe­cial­ties, Comp Cams and Gooch Cus­toms are just a few of the sup­port­ers this Arkansas-based show has on deck.

Even though the show is al­ways a very fam­ily friendly event through­out the day, a strict age limit of 18 and older sets the scene for the af­ter­show party, which gets a lit­tle more rowdy as you may sus­pect. Mul­ti­ple adult-ori­ented com­pe­ti­tions give the more ma­ture show at­ten­dees some time to let loose, espe­cially when the wet t-shirt con­test takes place. We could go into de­tail about why, but I think itís pretty self-ex­plana­tory. This ex­cit­ing af­ter-dark af­ter­party usu­ally goes un­til around mid­night, giv­ing ev­ery­one time to kick back and drink a few cold brews as the DJ plays in­side the closed-off fair­grounds.

For 2019, show run­ners Rob­bie and Keena Bryant of KEG Me­dia hope to break the 500 ve­hi­cle mark and also have a few sur­prises in store, like al­ways. So make sure to make plans, book your ho­tel rooms and pack your cool­ers for Slam­ily Re­union 2019.

WITH VE­HI­CLES OF ALL TYPES POSTED UP ON DIS­PLAY—IN­CLUD­ING CLAS­SIC HOT RODS NEXT TO LOWRID­ERS AND MAS­SIVE LIFTED TRUCKS ALONG­SIDE BODY­DROPS— THE LUCKY JUDGES HAD A PAIN­LESS JUDG­ING SYS­TEM THANKS TO DRIVE-THROUGH LANES”

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