up everyone! Spring has finally arrived!
Being located in the Midwest "unpredictable"
can be an understatement in Mother
Nature's vocabulary. You know
it is springtime when there are brief
heat waves before major snow or rain
storms. As we slop our way
through the month of April you find
the days before show season on a countdown
and coming at us full speed.
The Gauge Magazine Lifestyle
Tour is gearing up for a jam-packed
summer schedule. As usual
you can expect us to bring you the
wildest event coverage
and aggressive vehicle features
on the web. The hottest events around
the world have returned locking down
their dates and locations for the
2005 season. To stay on top of these
shows religiously; just check out
our event calendar. It is updated
daily so you don't miss a beat. http://archive.gaugemagazine.com/eventcalendar
On the cover this
month is Trent Vanarsdalen
representing Trent's Trick
Upholstery in his 2004
Chevy Colorado. Trent is
no stranger to this game; he has produced
some of the hottest vehicles to hit
the news stands in the past 16 years!
Since Opening Trent's Trick Upholstery,
Trent has perfected the art
of custom interiors. Trent's
abilities and stress factor were put
to the test on this SEMA project.
Trent had just 2 months
to produce this GM Sponsored
vehicle for the 2004 SEMA
Show. Needless to say Trent took this
bull by the horns and won the rodeo.
The hard work paid off: Trent's "Coloradical"
was honored with a SEMA Design
Award, The Best on
Bridgestone's and a Cover
Shoot for Mini Truckin Magazine
(April 2005 Issue).I was able to capture
Trent's radical truck in Indianapolis
at the SEMA Spring Expo held this
past February. Check out Trent's extensive
vehicle feature layout and see what
total dedication can produce in 2
For more information on Trent's Trick
To top off the "Coloradical"
we added the gorgeous April
Gauge Girl Kelly Jo Lanham.
I was able to meet Kelly at the Indianapolis
World of Wheels this past
February. Since the young age of 6
years old Kelly has won over
500 Beauty Pageants and is
pursuing her dream with a career in
Modeling. Be sure to check out Kelly's
sexy Gauge Girl Layout and see if
you measure up to her standards in
her up close and personal Interview.
We start off the shows this month
with Photographer Jowee Pruss
visiting the windy city for an all
day photo shoot at the Chicago
World of Wheels. The event
is held annually at the impressive
McCormick Place on
the weekend of January 28-30
2005. Once again Championship
Auto Shows pulled in an elegant
collection of custom vehicles to keep
spectators and enthusiasts busy for
the entire weekend. To view current
point standings or prepare your schedule
for next year, check out www.worldofwheels.com.
Next up the Gauge Staff and
I set up shop at the Indianapolis
World of Wheels to present
the Gauge Magazine Lifestyle
Hall. The event was held
at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
on the weekend of February
4-6 2005. The Lifestyle Hall
attracted some of the hottest premiere
custom vehicles in the Midwest to
represent the kustom automotive world.
The entertainment and eye-candy was
constant in the Gauge Magazine Hall
throughout the weekend. Stay up-to-date
on the 2006 Gauge Magazine
Lifestyle Hall at the Indianapolis
World of Wheels by visiting www.worldofwheels.com.
During the weekend of March
12-14 2005 Photographers
Smalls, Scott Powers, and I teamed
up to kick off the Lifestyle
style baby! There is
nothing like our ever popular Spring
Break trip to the Spring Fling.
This annual event is held by Vital
Signs Car Club. You just can't
go wrong to have your show smack dab
in the middle of the madness of Spring
Break in Panama City Beach,
FL. This year the crew over
at Vital Signs had to get
more space at the Frank Brown
Park to fit all the custom
vehicles at the show. For extended
coverage and details for next year's
event, check out www.vitalsigns.org.
We have another stunning line
up of vehicle features for you this
month! We start off with
Paul Bullis representing
Acrophobia in his 1995
Ford Ranger. Photographer
Smalls was able to
pull Paul and his ride to the side
for these photos at Spring
Fling last year. With help
from friends and club members Paul
was able to create his masterpiece
in 3 years time and
pull off this stunning feature layout.
Next up is Adam Drake
representing Costly Obsessions
in his 1995 Honda Civic SI.
I was able to meet Adam at the ITB
Ohio event held this past
May at the Quaker City Dragway.
It's easy to lose track of the numerous
mods performed to this fine tuned
machine, the close attention
to detail prevails in every aspect.
It took Adam eight years
to complete this immaculate 12 second
ride of green fury. With not one inch
going untouched on this Civic SI,
Adam is normally the guy seen at the
end of the award ceremony collecting
his deserved best of show!
Last but not least we check out Jason
Logan representing Street
Art Kustoms in his 2002
Chevy 2500 HD. I had the
pleasure of catching up with Jason
last year at Southern Showdown
held in Louisville, KY.
In the past Jason has owned lowered
rides, but his goal was to take this
daily driver to new heights... going
up? Refinishing vehicles for a living
gave Jason more of a reason to make
his ride a notch above the
rest of the competition in just 12
usual, if you have any questions or
comments please do not hesitate to
next month keep your heads up and
at least one frame rail on the ground!