I post images of local Houston area car shows here but if it's a larger show, I submit coverage or extended coverage to Hot Rod Hot Line. Click on the logo on the left to visit their site, follow "Car Shows" and then "Leal Brothers".
I go to quite a few car shows during the year and I can honestly say that the Niftee 50ees Saturday Night Cruise Ins top over half of those shows in quantity and quality. They run every Saturday night (weather permitting) from April through October. It's held at the Corum Shopping Center in Spring, Texas just north of Houston and for me living south of Houston in Pearland, it's a forty mile one way drive but well worth it. Check my "RODDING" page for continued coverage and click on the Niftee 50ees logo (left) to visit their website.
For years the "Joy Ride" down in Freeport marked the beginning of the outdoor car show season down here in the Houston area. Several years ago the "Texas Hoedown" was held the weekend before but that's now in late April. In the past couple of years more and more "new" shows have popped up beginning earlier in the year. This year alone at least a dozen shows have pasted. Now that the "Joy Ride" is here (March 20-22) and I look at the schedule for the next couple of weekends, it still feels like the season opener with several well known shows on the way. The "Niftee 50ee Saturday Night Cruise In" begins next weekend. I'll be in League City for the Space City Cruisers Show and my brother at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown for a big truck show before the Cruise In. The following Saturday I'm at the "Spring Fling" in Rosenberg and my brother at Lone Star Motorsports Park in Sealy for the "Legends" Nostalgic Drag Race and Rod Run again before the Niftee 50ees Cruise In. I currently have lots on my plate but below are a few images from this year's "Joy Ride". As always I see several "new" vehicles. I'll continue working on the event pictures and will submit extended coverage to Hot Rod Hot Line. Until then, enjoy!
On occasion, I post images from "last year" as a preview to an upcoming event. Below are images from the Longhorn Heritage Rod Run held in late September in Old Town Spring just north of Houston. It has always been one of the larger outdoor car shows in the area. Unfortunately, this isn't a preview. After thirty-one years as a Houston area mainstay, the event has been canceled.
I know I've been doing this for awhile, but I surprise myself sometimes just how long when I see stuff like I've posted above. I bought the October 1966 issue of Drag Strip Magazine with my "allowance" (49 years). Not sure of the year but the admission ticket to Houston International Speedway is $3.00; any guesses? I found the 1982 AHRA Nationals (Alamo Dragway) and NHRA Cajun Nationals decals adhered to the back of one of my old Craftsman tool boxes that I found in my parent's garage (33 years). My first "new" vehicle purchased while I was a student at the University of Houston was this sharp looking Datsun pickup that I mounted American Wheels on Goodyear big and littles. License plate reads 1972 (43 years). I guess time does fly when you're having fun!
Our (my brother and I) Saturday ritual is covering one or two car shows early and then heading to the Niftee 50ees Classic Cruise In in the afternoon. Since its on the way, we swing by a large Hyundai dealership just north of Houston in Spring. They always seem to have classic cars and trucks or muscle cars on display and they change up pretty regularly. Their latest addition was this nice looking '54 Ford mild custom.
A few years back, I had a guy from North Carolina paint a diecast replica of George Barris' HIROHATA MERCURY for my son using a 1/18 scale Muscle Machines release. We took the car to the Houston Autorama where Barris was a featured guest and had the car autographed. While we were there, Barris posed with my son in front of my favorite Barris' creation, the MUNSTER KOACH.