We just returned from a weekend in Austin, Texas, for The 12thAnnual Lonestar Round Up. For our money, there’s no better way to kick off the outdoor car show season than spending a few days in Texas surrounded by some of the coolest hot rods and customs in the country. We’d like to congratulate the Kontinentals Car Club for another job well done. We’re already looking forward to next year.
The weather couldn’t have been better and over 1,700 traditional rods and customs rolled into the Travis County Expo Center making this the largest Round Up yet. We enjoyed catching up with friends, and it’s always great to meet and talk with readers at the TRJ booth.
The quality of the cars on display was outstanding. In addition to a field of street-driven hot rods and ground-scraping customs from all over the U.S., the show featured a mini cacklefest, an impressive swap meet, live bands and great food. The cacklefest pays tribute to the rich Texas drag racing history with the likes of the Bobby Langley Scorpion I and V dragsters on display.
Moving the Round Up Art Show from the Continental Club to the grounds of the expo center was a nice change, allowing everyone access to some incredible artwork by a number of well known hot rod artists. Nighttime activity centered around the Continental Club, which featured live music from the incomparable James Burton and country/surf/rockabilly legends Southern Culture on the Skids. The Continental Club, by the way, has just been named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 10 live music venues in the country.
Every year we take on the unenviable task of choosing the Rodder’s Journal Pick. Given the level of quality craftsmanship and creativity on display at the Round Up, it’s not an easy job. This year’s award went to a ’28 Model A roadster owned by Nick Hoesing. From the rubber rake and exhaust cut-outs tucked beneath the Deuce frame to the Hallock-style windshield and louvered aluminum hood, the car just looked and sat right. Nick drove his roadster from his home in Omaha, Nebraska, and he told us that when he fired up the 347-inch smallblock Ford to start the 850-mile journey to Austin it was 23 degrees outside.