Although I post images on my website of all the car shows I go to, sometimes I send extended coverage to Hot Rod Hot Line (link left). Go to their website, click on "Car Shows", under "Roving Reporters" click on "Leal Brothers" located under Midwest and check them out.
June 11 / Baton Rouge / Lamar Dixon Expo Center
June 12 / Baytown / Royal Purple Raceway
June 13 / Austin / Circuit Of The Americas
June 14 / Grand Prarie / Trader's Village
June 15 / Oklahoma City / Remington Park
June 16 / Wichita / Kansas Pavilions
June 17 / Kansas City / Kansas Speedway
Although the Niftee 50ees Saturday Night Cruise In doesn't officially begin until March, their "Lover's Lane" Cruise In in early February was very much appreciated by both participants and spectators. Check out some of the great turnout on my "RODDING" page.
I began collecting diecast a little over 25 years ago and it started with NASCAR. The driver I followed was "Texas Terry" Labonte who was originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. He officially retired in 2014 and NASCAR released a commemorative Hall Of Fame t-shirt (above) honoring his induction, his championships, his wins and his poles. Since the shirt was available in my size (big man), I quickly ordered one from NASCAR. I also purchased a 1/24 scale diecast of his "Last Ride" Ford Fusion (above, right) with a very special paint scheme. The center stripe depicts his first ever NASCAR ride while the sides reflect his two championship winning paint jobs; Piedmont Airlines and Kelloggs. Although the car came to his final race with the special paint scheme, NASCAR disallowed it stating that both side have to be the same color and design. They were allowed to run the car during qualifying but changed the right side to his familiar Kelloggs paint scheme for the race on Sunday.
I love automotive caricatures, fittingly called "CARtoons". While 99% is artwork, several resin cast "sculptures" have been released in "CARtoon" form and the examples posted above are from my own personal collection. Below is a caricature t-shirt design I came across recently and the first thing I thought of was one of the "regulars" from the Niftee 50ees Saturday Night Cruise In. I've also posted an image of the actual car for comparison.