Any car enthusiast worth his salt makes sure to set aside the first weekend of April each year for the annual Lone Star Hot Rod Roundup. This event is becoming Texas’s Pebble Beach for hot rod enthusiasts. Each year, literally hundreds of car people from literally all over the U.S. and beyond, show up to participate in this event. The primary focus is, of course, hot rods, rat rods, and other custom cars and bikes of every imaginable variety.
Show central is the Travis County Expo Center, on the outskirts of Austin. It is here that car and bike owners display their beauties in the vast parking lot. On the same grounds the swap meet and vendor areas are open. And, of course, there is live music all day long each day (Friday and Saturday).
There is a fee charged for both car-show entrants and spectators.
However, one of the more popular components of the weekend is the nightly (Friday and Saturday) South Congress cruise (and, it’s totally free!). Classic cars and rods begin lining both sides of South Congress early on Friday morning, and few parking spaces will be found until all is done late Saturday night.
Spectators and drivers alike share a camaraderie unlike any other. The final result is an endless moving “car show” as these beautiful cars parade up and down along South Congress. And, of course, period costumes are prevalent.