While the Lonestar Rod and Kustom Roundup is itself a one-day event, you can easily make more than a week's adventure out of attending this gathering, as we found out while attending this year's fifth annual festivities. We knew there were a few people and shops we wanted to visit in the Lone Star state before the event so we went in early and made our rounds. On Thursday we took up Jim Jard's invitation to attend his Roundup pre-party at his Houston warehouse. Good people, cars, entertainment, and food were all part of Jard's get-together, and we were back again the next morning to set off for Austin.
Once in Austin on Friday afternoon, it was very obvious what the weekend had in store--plenty of great rods and customs from Texas and far beyond. Cruising up and down the South Congress strip was the entertainment for the night.On Saturday morning, the air was again alive with the rumble of dual pipes as rods and customs of all shapes and sizes rolled through the gates and found parking spots on the grass next to the shores of Town Lake at Festival Beach. The day continued with great live music on the performance stage and special delicacies in the huge food court. After a great day checking out the parked cars, the live action started all over again with cruisers prowling up and down Congress.
We concluded our own Texas trek with a few more visits on Sunday, and before we headed home we had already made our plans for another week of Lonestar adventure next year.
Extended CoverageAfter a good nights rest a group of road ready rodders formed back at Jim Jard's shop on Friday morning to head over to Austin. Bruce Burroughs would lead the way for the adventurous bunch of rodders in his '32 Ford Roadster. Some of the "free-wheelers" like Jim Jacobs in his '29 Ford panel and Mark Morton in his chopped '32 Ford coupe started their journeys to the Round Up from Southern California.