One of the best mini truck events is back!
For those unaware, the mini truck culture is alive and well in 2022. Last year, I attended the Sparks show for just one day and quickly realized, there’s so much more. This year, I stayed with some friends of mine for the weekend and I’m glad I did. This event was amazing. Let me take you through it.
The show is held at the Sevier County Fairgrounds right outside of Pigeon Forge, TN. It’s a wide open spot full of amazing mini trucks and wild builds.
People come from all over to show off their rides. There were folks from literal hundreds of miles away in attendance.
Each build is super unique in its own way. Every builder had their own style or they played off someone else’s to make it their own.
But some folks stood out from the rest. Not everything in attendance was a mini truck. Take for example this widebody F150, built for the SEMA show. Rotiform wheels and all.
The Cars of The Sparks Show
Speaking of Rotiforms… This Accord was fitted well.
A few of my friends from out of town showed up – had to give them some love here!
Lastly in the non-truck section of this article, Tim’s HKS Supra turned heads all weekend. Crazy good build.
There were folks in the back working on their rides, making sure they’re ready to go and show.
Ok, this Blazer is one of my favorites of all time. It’s like looking at a time capsule build. Super rad.
I could write an entire article on this truck (and maybe I will in the future). A 21 year long build to get this S10 where you see it now. The quality and craftsmanship is top notch everywhere. Mini truck people are a different breed for sure.
Not every day you see a well-modified Escalade. Bagged and bodied truck – not the first vehicle that comes to mind. But I love it.
Man, I forgot I spent so much time around these 3 trucks alone. Crazy builds. Attention to detail is massive.
I own a similar year model Tahoe. It’s crazy to see the modifications on this platform.
This lineup though. Caddy tail lights on the Colorado, plus the one next to it. And clear tails on the white one. Clean.
This hatchback looking thing is a full size 4Runner. It looks photoshopped into the ground – I promise it isn’t.
For you eagle eyed readers, this is a dually Nissan Titan. Impressive all around. The custom work on the body, paint and interior is top notch.
No, your eyes do not deceive you, it’s got 8 wheels. It used to be 6 wheels, but the owners friend dared him to add another set out back. So, he did.
And then the party started
Once the sun started to set, we gathered in an empty parking lot in Pigeon Forge. Of course, the photos were perfect.
There were about 40 or so cars, 100 people – all gathered to cruise the strip. And that’s what we did.
It got dark QUICK. I was hanging halfway out of Travis’ Pathfinder getting rolling shots.
We found ourselves a small group of friends and cruised through Pigeon Forge.
Justin’s Cummins swapped Ford truck had NO A/C and no real firewall. It was hot, loud and dangerous. And of course, fun.
At the end of the night, we stopped for gas and snacks. A night I won’t forget.
Not going to lie… I didn’t really take many photos on Sunday.
I was mostly doing video and going live on TikTok. But hey – 16,000 viewers can’t be wrong!
All in all – a very well done show. Congratulations to the organizers for another year and another very successful Sparks Show. Can’t wait for 2023 – you bet I’ll be there.
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Text & Photos by Ben Battles