One of Florida’s all-time favorites, Slamfest is now in its 23rd year.  Each September, the MiniMadness host club invites a few thousand extended family members to their annual event for a weekend of nonstop fun.  Held in the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville, Florida, the location has just the right mix of facilities and informality to ensure a great party atmosphere. Although everyone in Florida has the show on their Gotta-Be-There list, a check of the license plates on the field revealed lots of driver participation from neighboring states.  They all know this event is the perfect opportunity to meet old friends and see a great collection of cool custom vehicles. This year, eight thousand spectators eye-balled 622 vehicles at one of Florida’s longest-running, club-sponsored events. 

Saturday is always a busy day for the club members, ensuring that all the vehicles are carefully judged.  A huge collection of handmade trophies was up for grabs and everyone was hoping to take one home. It’s a leisurely day for spectators, checking out the indoor and outdoor displays, sampling some of the great food available at the show, riding the new mechanical bull, and maybe even checking out horsepower numbers on the mobile Dyno-on-the-Go. Saturday night after parties were everywhere in this college town and Sunday club games started off bright but not too early, giving the players a chance to clear the cobwebs. 

Games at Slamfest are legendary and the good-natured competition is a crowd favorite. Amazingly, the Mini Madness crew comes up with something new every year.  Just as legendary as the games is the Miss Slamfest Bikini Competition, this year attracting a dozen gorgeous ladies, all looking for a share of the healthy $1000 prize. Without a break in the action, the Award Ceremony presented the top 40, laser-cut trophies to class winners along with an additional 23 ‘Best Of’ specialty awards, each one unique and guaranteed to be treasured.  Capturing the  Best of Show Truck (and $500!) for the second year in a row was Pascal Barone’s beautifully customized 2004 Ford Ranger.  Junior Banda’s full custom 2002 Honda Civic took the Best of Show Car trophy along with his check for $500 as well. 

Special thanks to Title Sponsors, Sparkles Detail and Common Treads Magazine.  More than two dozen Show Sponsors also added their support to help make this year’s Slamfest the great event that it was.  Charity always plays a part with the Mini Madness crew, this year raising $1000 and collecting more than seventeen hundred items for the Alachua County Humane Society.  If you’d like to learn more about this Florida classic, check out the website,

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