Rods, customs, live music and homestyle cooking are on the menu this weekend for the Bayou Round Up. More than 300 cars from across the United States are taking over the town of Lafayette, Louisiana, for two days of southern-style hot rod action. Just like the first Lonestar Round Up, we knew this would be a must-attend event.
We captured Chris Casny’s ’29 Model A at speed on the way to the first Bayou Round Up from inside Mike Young’s Cadillac. The show takes place this weekend in Lafayette, Louisiana, at the historic Blackham Coliseum. We’ll have the exclusive feature on Chris’ ’50s-style roadster in TRJ #69.
John “Joyo” Joyoprayitno warms up the flathead in his Deuce roadster at Dave’s Perfection Automotive prior to the trek to the Round Up. John is a co-founder of Austin Speed Shop.
Our journey to the Round Up started early Thursday morning at Dave’s Perfection Automotive in Austin, Texas. Here we joined Steve Wertheimer, Brian Auderer and a handful of other Austin hot rodders to make the 380-mile trip to Lafayette. Among our group were Gary Howard in Jimmie Vaughan’s ’54 Ford, the Branches in Lee Pratt’s ’40 Ford and several others.
Brian Auderer’s ’30 Model A, Cory Moore’s ’50 Merc and Lee Pratt’s ’55 Nomad were a few of the cars that traveled from Austin, Texas, to Lafayette, Louisiana, for the first Bayou Round Up this weekend. We featured Lee’s purple ’55 in TRJ #63.
Our pack spent most of the day on the road, moving across eastern Texas before cutting deep into Louisiana. By the time we rolled into Lafayette, there were already signs that something big was brewing.
Mike Young’s ground-scraping ’60 Cadillac also made the drive from Austin. Upon arrival in Lafayette, it was detailed thoroughly by one of the best in town.
Friday morning was centered around a cruise to Abbeville, Louisiana, for a seafood lunch. The town’s old brick buildings and tree-lined streets served as the perfect backdrop for our revolving group of rods and customs. Later that afternoon, we made our way over to Blackham Coliseum to scope out the show grounds. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s looking like it’s going to be a good one.
Paul Coghlan’s nailhead-powered “Gentleman’s Coupe” basks outside the historic St. Mary Magdalen church in Abbeville, Louisiana. The ’30 was featured in TRJ #67 alongside three other Hilton Hotrods-built Model As.
One of our stops along the way to the Round Up was at Jim Jard’s in Houston, Texas. While we were there, we spotted Laura Grable’s ’59 El Camino and Blake Burwell’s Deuce sedan. That’s Joyo’s highboy in the background.
Dan Richards’ ’49 Merc was also on hand in Houston. Gary Howard of Austin, Texas, handled the body and paintwork on the slammed sedan.
Will Muntz’s ultra-low ’63 Cadillac was one of the first cars we spotted on the Blackham Coliseum grounds. Shaved handles and straight black paint enhance the Cad’s sinister look.
During our stop in Abbeville, we were able to take a closer look at Chuck Barrett’s clean ’34 Ford roadster. Lee Pratt’s gold ’40 was featured on both TRJ #13 covers.
Longtime hot rodder Jon Wright brought his ’32 three-window to the Round Up from his home in Grafton, Ohio. The Blackham Coliseum, which was built in 1948, is visible behind the coupe. About 40 cars will be displayed inside.