Lonestar Round Up Combines Classic and Country

Chevy Commercial transport truck[3] II

By Peter A. Hubbard

Not to stereotype, but the two things most Texans are passionate about are pickup trucks and country music. Put the two together in the guise of a car show and you've got a winning combination.

That's exactly what happened in 2002 when longtime Austin music club owner and custom-car lover Steve Wertheimer hosted a one-day custom car show/country music concert on the grounds of a football stadium. From that humble beginning, the Lonestar Round Up has blossomed into two-day event on the grounds of the 128-acre Travis County Expo Center. It showcases music, art, classic and custom vehicles, a swap meet and vendors. In fact, Wertheimer may have to rename it the Lonestar Truck Round Up, since a majority of the nearly 1,800 vehicles on display at this year's 14th annual show in April were pickups in one form or another.

Given Wertheimer's connection to the Texas music scene, the Round Up's music lineup provides four or five bands a day. The show attracts A-list musicians such as Dale Watson, Wanda Jackson, James Burton and Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan's younger brother. Jimmie Vaughan was set to attend this year's event, but the April dates conflicted with his deceased brother's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.

While he's certainly pleased with how the event has grown, Wertheimer said coordinating such a popular car show also has its downside.

"In the beginning, we could all cruise our hot rods on South Congress with no problem. Now the traffic has gotten ridiculous, to the point where we need the Austin police to help with parking and traffic control," he said. "So what's starting to happen now is we're spreading out and taking the cars to several 'after party' type venues around the city, where there may be food and entertainment as well, including such places as the Top Notch restaurant and Austin Speed Shop. But that doesn't mean we won't welcome larger crowds if they come."

The 2016 show is slated for April 8 and 9; those interested in exhibiting or registering a vehicle can visit www.lonestarroundup.com for more information.

Cars.com photos by Peter Hubbard


Ford Hod Rod Truck 3[9] II

Chevy 3100 pickup[6] II

Chevy Apache pickup[3] II

Ford Commercial truck 3[3] II

Hot Rod huntin' truck[3] II

Chevy Cameo 2[3] II

Commercial truck - Dodge or other[3] II

Chevy Hot Rod pickup 2[6] II

International pickup 2[3] II

Ford commercial truck 2[3] II

Vintage Ford 2[5] II

Hot Rod Truck 2[3] II

Chevy Apache red truck[3] II




I keep forgetting to go to this event despite living nearby.

By the way, Jimmy Vaughn is Stevie's older brother.

That's disgusting in my point of view.

Love those cab forward trucks!

Does Jimmy Vaughn still play with the Thunderbirds?

Love my wife and kids. Those trucks are very ,very ugly.

I will never be a fan of low-riders, no matter what body they may be carrying. Same holds true for extreme lifts (more than two or three inches). Stock or near-stock height I appreciate. After that, pretty much anything goes as far as I'm concerned. Some will look good; some will look like junk. But then, that's personal taste.

Some of those pickups aren't quite my taste.

I do like original or a slightly modified look that doesn't take away from the manufacturers original.

To me, some of the pickups have no heart and soul, or at least the owners don't.

Mark, why so many of those low riding and ugly pickups?

Were there not any "normal" restored pickups?

@Big Al--Low riders are popular among a certain group. I know people who take standard American trucks and lower them. In California it is popular to take old compact pickups like Chevy Luvs, Ford Couriers, Mazdas, Toyotas, and Datsuns. I believe there was an article on PUTC about this lower rider compact pickups. I like the Apache, Cameos, and International. Al I would be willing to bet that there were some other older pickups that were stock but that were either not restored or partially restored. There are a lot of older pickups in Texas. Texans love their pickups.

Love these older trucks. It don't matter which brand they are. This is old stuff and this is when trucks were trucks. Riding high or low, they all are a part of our history.

@Jeff S - I'll admit I have a big weakness for low riders, when done right. But not for trucks. Except when an "air ride" or air bags, bring them up to 'normal' ride height and "lays frame" when parked/showing. I'm almost sure that's the case with these truck. You couldn't actually drive them on the street as they sit, let alone put them to work.

Love the old COE reso-mods in their "natural patina" state of paint. Stops me in my tracks every time!!

The Cab forwards look like old Engish Pickups

Bedford Pickup Truck

Hi folks ... I took at least 140 or 150 pickup pictures at this event, and sent in dozens for possible posting with the story, including at least a dozen rat rod pickups, plus quite a few restored to original look and specs, or resto-mods status. Mark cherry-picked some of the better ones, but wasn't able to post more.

@Denver Mike--I like looking at old trucks. This would be a neat event to go to.

Love old trucks. All makes. But I wouldn't stop to look at a lowrider.

I appreciate modding in all it's forms. Lifted, lowered, etc. Practical is for daily drivers. Hot rodding is all about the fun

Still not sure about the whole Rat-rod" fad. I read that it all started because people were fed up with 6 figure concours grade vehicles.
Flat black a colour? si9nce when is primer a main coat of paint in circles other than Trailer Park Boys.

Yeah flat black, satin black, hotrod black, call it what you will, is a color. Doesn't have to shine to be pretty. Sissy boy

All of these trucks are painfully ugly!

This is my favorite show of the year. I find it hard to believe that a majority of the vehicles are trucks. I'd say it's 60% cars, 40% trucks. I was there both days and have been going for years. I live about 25 miles from the Expo Center.

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