What’s the one thing that captures your attention when deciding which events to invest in year after year? Maybe it’s the friends who have become family or the coveted trophy you hope to hold in your hand. Whatever your choice, it most likely comes down to passion.
Perfect Poise Car Club knows this kind of passion. The guys work hard all year long to bring you Cruise to the Pines, one of the longest-running mini-truck car shows in the history of the sport. It’s been held since 2006—and, in our opinion, deserves to be a candidate for the 2020 Mini-Truck Hall of Fame!
But what makes this custom car show so unique?
Let’s reverse back to 2006. How many of you have been to Phoenix in the summer? It’s hot. Very hot. One of the raddest things to do is take a drive up north to escape the desert heat. You can go from a cactus landscape to pine trees and forests in under two hours. Fourteen years ago, John Trevino, Mike Fetters and Brett Taylor of Perfect Poise Car Club jumped on the opportunity to gather their buddies and hang out in a much cooler environment.
“Over the years watching this show grow from Charles Armstrong’s parking lot with about 10 vehicles to 175 to 200-plus every year now is amazing,” says Fetters, a longtime member of Perfect Poise. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of all the sponsors and people who participate. We truly would like to thank all of you for keeping mini-truckin’ alive and well.”
The Cruise to the Pines adventure starts in Phoenix, just after the sun rises. Mini-truckers from all over the country bring out their custom rides to take the 75-mile cruise to Prescott, Arizona.
The show takes place at Watson Lake, a spot that includes a huge grass area where the vehicles are parked on Saturday during the show. You can reserve campsites during preregistration, and you can grab cool shots of your ride in front of some awesome views of the lake.
Every year, trophies are custom-made skate decks from artists and businesses in the automotive community from around the country. All the “Best of” awards have their own unique touch. Businesses like iKandy Paintworks, Bitchin’ Inc. Designs, Rick the Dutch and ChecM8 contribute to this authentic event.
CTTP 2019 brought well over 200 vehicles to the park, hundreds of custom automotive enthusiasts and vendors like Low Rider Depot, Frame & Glory and Grinder TV.
2019 BEST OF AWARDS
Albert Belmontez • Club Unique Technique • Scion XB
Dave Nelton • Severed Ties • VW Bug
Under Construction Min
Steve Setzer • Bonzai Cruisers • Nissan Hardbody
Under Construction Car
Samantha Patton • Honda Accord
Frank Rechlin • iKandy Paintworks • Chevy Tahoe
Tom Jenkins • Toyota Camper
Chad Fincher • Negative Camber
Ashley McAtee • Switch Suspension • Chevy Nova
Trend Auto • Rad Rod
Justin Matelski • Mazda B2000
Tom Jenkins • Isuzu Pup
Best Single-Color Paint
John Byrne • ’88 Toyota Pickup
Best Multi-Color Paint
Rodney Fresquez • Aftermath • Chevy C3500
Steve Lang • Severed Ties • Chevy C10
Best Air Suspension
Chris Morrison • Chevy Only • C10
Mike Klenofsky • Team Hybrid • Charger
Ryan Payson • Negative Camber • Toyota Tacoma
Best Lifted Truck
Edward Sanchez • Level 7 • GMC Sierra
Oscar Rios • Street Kings • Tahoe
Brad Bosman • Negative Camber • Ford Excursion
Albert Belmonte • Unique Technique • Scion XB
Best Full-Size Truck
Eric Towne • Severed Ties • GMC Sierra
Best Classic Truck
Chris Morrison • Chevy Only • Chevy C10
Best Classic SUV
Micki Vowell • C10 Club AZ • Suburban
Best Rat Rod
Best Under Construction Full Size
Wayne Person • Bonzai Car Club • Chevy 3500 Dually
Best Two Door Car
Shane Job • Xtreme Lows • Accord
Best Four Door Car
Troy • Art Of Noize • Infinity Q50
Best Classic Car
John Myers • ’70 Camaro
Mikki Vowell • C10 Club Az • Chevy Tahoe
Nick Maes • No Regrets • Chevy C1500
Pre Reg Raffle
Best of Show
Carl Kolling • No Regrets • Chevy C10