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    Lone Star Roundup 2009

    Any of you that look in on the HAMB will be well aware that last weekend, Austin Texas was the place to be if traditionally inspired Hot Rods are your thing. Fans of this style of build came from near and far to be a part of this ever more popular meet, The Lone Star Roundup, and Austin, with it's "Keep Austin Weird" slogan makes the perfect backdrop for all that ensues.

    Travis County Exposition center is the daytime location of the show. It is a large fairground facility perfectly suited for a show of this size. Full use of the four acres under roof was necessary when torrential down pours threatened to wipe out the Friday activities. But you can't dampen the spirits of hundreds of rodders that wait all year for this event. Just move the whole shooting match under cover, let the bands play, the minibike riders race, the vendors and swap meeters display their wares and the participants mingle and renew friedships, all while looking at the couple of hundred cars assembled there.





    Some of my junk..


    Acouple of my favorites from Friday..






    Saturday was a different day alltogether, clear, bright and dry.
    The rods and customs came and came and came!























    Terry Bennet was ahead of the curve when it comes to limo rods.




    A couple for the great Gatty










    Strange brew..


    Never heard of it..




    Looks like fun..




    Of coursethe Tats-N-Rats brigade were out, providing entertaining relief for us fogies.














    Ray Davies would be so proud..


    Get me out of here..




    And then comes the night.............

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    OK, I here you all saying, big deal, sunny weather, big field, lots of cars, there are shows like that all over the country. Why would anybody travel hundreds of miles to attend this one? I can't speak for anyone else, but I do it for the night action. Once the sun goes down and the bat colony leaves it's Congress street bridge roost, the cars come out to play, and boy do they play. The locals arrive early to stake a good parking and viewing spot from which to watch the action. Then the rods and customs from the show start to arrive, just a few at first as many are attending the party out at Jesse James' Austin Speed Shop. Along with all the early birds are local owners of other modified and collectible cars. Camaros, Mustangs and Mopars cruise alongside restored model As and VWs and donks and anything else that rolls.

    Congress is an older street that has been brought back to be a thriving eclectic collection of businesses, a far cry from the state of dereliction and decay that it was just a few years ago. Converted gas stations and old general stores now house resteraunts, bars and "interesting" clothing stores. Prime cruising and viewing takes place between Doc's at the north end of the road, past the Continental club and Joe's Coffee bar, past the Austin Motel, affectionately known as the Penis, you'll figure why later, past Frans drive in burger joint, the Magnolia and up to Trophy's club, a distance of about half a mile. But it will take about thirty minutes to travel it. That does not include the half mile back up at either end of the route waiting to get on, and all the back streets full of cars trying to get turned around.
    Just like Chelsea in the 70's!

































    Lots of great cars lining the street too,,












    And crowds. This one was taken way after midnight.



    Kev Elliot was around someplace.














    That hotel...


    Taking off for one last circuit. Jump in the back, there's plenty of room, and we'll get some shots from the passenger seat...
















    Fifty years after the last gallon of oil has been pumped from the ground, this will be traditional!!!!


    Keeping it weird in Austin.
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    great pics not a bad way to spend a weekend

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    Pete another stunning show report! So glad we're still getting them. Thanks

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    Beat me to it Steve ! Pete, good to see you over here and many thanks for the reports.

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    Another pukka report,Petel!! You're wasted doing them ol' T-birds,you should moonlight as a journo'!! I think I recognise a bit of your junk,did that large piece come from sahf London!!?
    Life's a bitch,and then you marry one!!!

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    Great Pete.Did Jimmy Vaughan show up?

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    I'm guessing the Austin Motel rents rooms by the hour!.....right?

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    mazin pete ,thank god your here..............

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    Great pics and show report Pete!

    Great to have you 'back'!

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