Above are the first outdoor car show pictures that I ever took. They were all taken in 1972 at the Northline Mall in Houston and the Mall is still there after those 40+ years. Early Irons was the host club.
On the left is another image from that Northline show above and next to that is the same rod, forty years later taken a few years ago at the Spring Fling in nearby Rosenberg. Not much has changed in that time. In the background in the first image you can see my brand new 1972 Datsun pickup and on the far right is that same truck with American wheels and Goodyear big and littles.
Since I posted my first ever outdoor car show pictures above, it's only fitting that I also post my first ever "indoor" car show pictures. Looks like I hadn't moved up to a 35mm camera yet.
Finally, 35mm! What a difference a year (or two) makes. All the photos above, including my first above that, were taken at the Houston Autorama in the early '70s.
Every year I'd attend an AHRA Grand National event at Alamo Dragway in San Antonio. Due to the extreme heat in central Texas in June, the event was moved to St. Louis on the same date. Off I went. On the same weekend just eighty six miles away in DuQuion, Il, the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals was going on so I took one day to cover that and above are some of those pictures taken thirty years ago.
Before the Goodguys scheduled their Texas Lone Star Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway up in Fort Worth, they had an event at the Texas Fairgrounds in Dallas. Above are a few of those images taken a little over twenty years ago. This wasn't their first Texas locale though; check below.
As far as I remember, the Goodguys first visits to the Lone Star State were at the Southfork Ranch just outside of Dallas where the hit TV series "Dallas" was filmed. I remember going to the Goodguys Southfork event for several years. All of the above images were taken at Southfork.