Mini Truck Club Celebration for Thee Exotic Ones Mini Truck Club in Rowland Heights  | LRS


Don't Call It A Comeback: Thee Exotic One's Mini Truck Club Celebrates Their One Year Anniversary Since Their Return Back to the Scene

Mini trucks are back in full effect, and we celebrate with one
of the clubs who helped pioneer the mini-truck movement.

Story & Photos: Daniel Jay | Aug 02, 2021 9:30am PDT

Consider yourself lucky if you’re old enough to have lived during the mini-trucking era of the late 80’s and early 90’s.  These were the days of Aqua Net, Triniere, Connie and who could ever forget Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam.

But if mention of those groups brought a smile to your face then I’m sure you’ll familiar with the mini-truck club, Thee Exotic Ones. Along with The Desirable Ones, and Nu Minis these clubs were some of the OG clubs from the heyday of minitrucking. Sadly, I didn’t get to experience that era, but now that the all these clubs are coming out of retirement it’s giving youngsters like myself the opportunity to witness these machines first hand. 

I’ve watched the videos on YouTube, heard the stories from family and friends, but nothing quite compares to watching these min-trucks pull up in formation and start strutting their stuff.  


July 31, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of Thee Exotic Ones club’s comeback into the minitrucking scene and to celebrate they threw a picnic at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights. I didn’t know what to expect, but my gut instinct was that a club with this status will pull their weight and they did just that. Over 100 trucks pulled up, and the place was jumping. 

Try doing that drunk

The lot was filled with Trucks from various different clubs including Island Minis, The Desirable Ones, Nu Minis, Rolling Hard, and many more. The fan favorites include “Little Red Devil” a Nissan truck that graced Lowrider Magazine in 1994 and an orange 720 with a bed that could lean a couple feet away from the frame of the truck. Thanks to the DJ for setting off the vibe blasting Stevie B, Trinere, Egyptian lover and all the throwbacks all day.

Thee Exotic Ones throwin’ it back one at a time 

Desirable Ones pulling up on tilt  

While taking photos the grill masters from Rolling Hard Car Club offered me a bite to eat, but I was still full so I respectfully declined, but told ’em, “I will take a thumbs up in a photo instead,” to which they happily obliged. This is what the custom car and truck culture is about. It’s about the camaraderie. It’s about looking after each other. And this is what I love about it.  

As the heat turned up, I must’ve started looking like a California raisin, but thanks to to Ernie and Rochelle from Thee Exotic Ones for the drinks and watermelon to keep cool. By day’s end I was about to run back to the fellas over at Rolling Hard CC and take them up on their offer, but luckily my ninjas happened to bring 10 lbs of short rib, so I made myself at home and tore it up. 

As always, thank you to everyone for the hospitality and if you’ve never been to a mini-truck meet, picnic or cruise I suggest you put that on things you need to do this year.