We’ve been in Texas all week shooting a gang of Ford hot rods, a cool Chevy custom, and a restored vintage Top Fueler for upcoming issues. Now the 14th Annual Lonestar Round Up is finally here, and hot rods and customs are pouring into Austin. If you’re coming to the Round Up, stop by and see us at the TRJ booth. And if you’re not, we’ll be posting from the show live to Instagram, so you can follow along there.
In the meantime, here are a few teasers from some of our friends already in town and Round Up hosts, The Kontinentals, along with coverage from last week’s Chattanooga Cruise-In, courtesy of our pals at Coker Tire. See you in Texas!
The Round Up kicked off this afternoon with a BBQ at Beyersville Hall in Taylor, Texas. The clouds rolled in, but that hasn’t kept a soul away.
Round Up co-founder Steve Wertheimer’s ’57 Cadillac (TRJ #6) and fellow Kontinental Jimmie Vaughan’s ’54 Ford (TRJ #37) sit in the glow of C-Boys on South Congress. Both cars were customized by Gary Howard.
Here’s last year’s scene at the Travis County Expo Center. It’s a great home for the Round Up, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space for countless vendors, great food, live music, an incredible swap meet, and nearly 2,000 hot rods and customs.
Last weekend was the Chattanooga Cruise-In hosted by Coker Tire and Honest Charley Speed Shop. With great weather and over 1,500 vintage machines on hand, a great time was had by all. Here are a few highlights.
Downtown Chattanooga is filled with century-old buildings with loads of character, as can be seen behind this nicely flamed ’40 Ford Deluxe coupe.
TRJ contributor Gerry Burger cruised to the show in his ’57 Ford Ranch Wagon. The perfectly raked hot rod stance is backed up by a 3×2-fed Y-block.
Coker’s own Tommy Lee Byrd is a hardcore hot rodder with a handful of street machines and old drag cars, including a Lyndwood dragster and a Kellison Funny Car. That’s his ’64 Corvette behind his daughter’s slammed Buick stroller (built by Tommy Lee’s dad, Troy).
Lucky Dog Hot Rod Shop in Harvest, Alabama, built this chopped and airbagged ’54 Chevy custom. The car was the basis for the Cruise-In t-shirt for this year.
We didn’t catch the owner’s name, but this Deuce highboy roadster sat right and looked great rolling into town for the show.
This Ohio-based Model A coupe on Deuce rails looks right at home among the 100-year-old buildings housing Coker Tire and Honest Charley Speed Shop.
Ricky Bobby’s Rod Shop built this heavily hammered, flathead-powered Model A coupe for Lebanon, Tennessee, hot rodder Zach Whitlock.