This weekend, hot rods and customs will take over Austin, Texas, for the 15th annual Lonestar Round Up. Held on April 8th-9th at the Travis County Expo Center, the show has grown into a must-attend event for hot rodders across the globe.

This weekend, hot rods and customs will take over Austin, Texas, for the 15th annual Lonestar Round Up. Held on April 8th-9th at the Travis County Expo Center, the show has grown into a must-attend event for hot rodders across the globe.

The LSRU festivities began with a barbecue at Beyersville Hall in Taylor, Texas. That's Bob Klessig's Wisconsin-based '47 Chevy at the front of the lineup.

The LSRU festivities began with a barbecue at Beyersville Hall in Taylor, Texas. That’s Bob Klessig’s Wisconsin-based ’47 Chevy at the front of the lineup.

It’s hard to believe it has been 15 years since we made the trip to Texas’ capital to cover the first LSRU back when it was a gathering on a local football field with about a hundred cars. Nowadays, the car count has jumped over 1,000 and the Round Up is practically a citywide event. From hot rods, customs, and Cacklefests to live music and barbecue on South Congress, Austin is abuzz during Round Up weekend.

The Hilton Hotrods gang is back, this time with a freshly built Model A for Florida hot rodder Bob Gratton. Gratton's green coupe runs a blown nailhead and is seen next to Paul Coghlan's West Virginia-based '30. We featured a four pack of the Hilton-built "Angry A's" in TRJ #67.

The Hilton Hotrods gang is back, this time with a freshly built Model A for Florida hot rodder Bob Gratton. Gratton’s green coupe runs a blown nailhead and is seen next to Paul Coghlan’s West Virginia-based ’30. We featured a four pack of the Hilton-built “Angry A’s” in TRJ #67.

Although our printing schedule doesn’t allow us to make it down to Austin this year, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Kontinentals car club and all the folks responsible for turning the LSRU into the event that it is today. We’ve been to a lot of car shows through the years, and there’s something undeniably special about that weekend in mid-April at the Lonestar Round Up.

If you’d like to learn more about the show and the schedule of events, click here. With any luck, we’ll be back in Austin soon.

There's a whole lot to see and do at the Round Up, and the Cacklefests are some of the many attractions. Here's the late Bobby Langley's Texas-based "Scorpion V," which is owned by Bill Crosby of Mesquite, Texas.

There’s a whole lot to see and do at the Round Up, and the Cacklefests are some of the many attractions. Here’s the late Bobby Langley’s Texas-based “Scorpion V,” which is owned by Bill Crosby of Mesquite, Texas.