Rodder's Journal will be set up at the 2014 Lonestar Round Up

The 2014 Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas, is just a little over two weeks away. Once again we’ll be there April 4th and 5th at the Travis County Expo Center, hanging out all weekend in The Rodder’s Journal booth and checking out the thousands of hot rods and customs on hand. And with any luck, we’ll finish readying the TRJ roadster in time to drive it from California to Texas for the show. It looks like this year’s event is going to be even better than ever, and we wanted to tell you a little about what’s in store.

Rodder's Journal roadster road trip to Lonestar Round Up

The TRJ ’32 Ford roadster

Since its kick-off in 2002, the Round Up has grown from a one-day outdoor show at House Park Stadium to a weekend-long custom culture extravaganza. Bands, art exhibits, a giant swap meet, and nearly 2,000 traditional cars from across the country will take over the sprawling Expo Center on Friday and Saturday.

Jimmie Vaughan Lonestar Round Up

Jimmie Vaughan performing at the 2011 LSRU.

We were particularly excited to hear that fellow hot rodder and renowned blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan will be taking the stage Saturday afternoon with his Tilt-A-Whirl Band. Also on stage throughout the weekend are a range of acts that include Western Swing quintet The Horton Brothers, rockabilly siren Marti Brom, and New Orleans rock and rollers, The Iguanas, among others.

Rodder's Journal at the Lonestar Round Up

Gary Clack’s ’50 Chevy Fleetline, from Round Rock, Texas, at the 2012 LSRU.

There’s always plenty going on in and around Austin during (and in the days leading up to) the Round Up, and this year is no exception. In addition to his Saturday afternoon set at the Expo Center, Jimmie Vaughan will be playing Friday and Saturday night at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, the latest South Congress club opened by Round Up co-organizer Steve Wertheimer. Down the street at the Continental Club, Southern Culture on the Skids takes up a five-night residency beginning Tuesday, April 1st and continuing through the weekend. And then there are all the usual bar-b-ques, speed shop open houses, and cruise nights the Round Up has become famous for.

Rodder's Journal at the Lonestar Round Up

Mark Ford’s Model A coupe, from Austin, Texas, at the 2013 LSRU. 

If you haven’t been to the Round Up before, it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss. This year we’re looking forward to seeing it through the windshield of our own hot rod. In past newsletters we’ve mentioned some of the changes we’ve been making to the roadster. The latest is a new top that’s in the works for some cross-country travels we have planned for this summer. In addition to the Round Up, we’re hoping to drive to the 50th L.A. Roadsters Show in June, and a handful of other events across the country on our way to Baltimore, Maryland, for our own Rodder’s Journal Revival this September 27th and 28th.

Rodder's Journal at the Lonestar Round Up

Clint Moses’ ’53 Ford Customline, from Fredericksburg, Texas, at the 2013 LSRU.

You can see the full schedule of Round Up events, bands, and attractions at, and for the first time you can also register for the show online. We’ll have more coverage from Texas after the show.

Rodder's Journal at the Lonestar Round Up

K. Morton’s ’47 Fleetline, from Houston, Texas, at the 2012 LSRU.