They have been doing this show for 18 years very successfully in College Station, TX. The Blubonnet Streetrodders are an active car club deep in south central Texas where the Aggies call home, at the A&M University. |
On Friday evening, June 12th the early arrivals to the show were treated to a full course meal at the host motel, the Manor House on Texas Avenue. This is undoubtedly one of the best feeds to ever be given to car show attendants, with all kinds of meats, side dishes and deserts. The motel was full and we did enjoy the company of everyone and the food. Games were being held in the parking lot until after dark.
Saturday morning, the 13th, we drove the short distance to the Central Park for the show and set up our display. The day was very sunny and clear already. This was going to be a typical Texas summer day. The promoters have planned well for this, with a large enclosed canopy with air conditioning. Prime spots under the few shade trees are taken early by those parking there.
People filled the park with all kinds of cars and trucks. This show draws some very beautiful vehicles from points all over south Texas and well beyond. The attendance is large and consistent. There were 283 that came to the show this year.
There is a large paved parking lot and plenty of spots on the grass. Several door prizes were given out throughout the day, along with the 50/50 pot, etc. The DJ cranked out the music from inside the canopy, and there was a large crowd of spectators milling around in spite of the heat.
There were plenty of muscle cars, antiques, street rods, rat rods and even an old restored Gulf gasoline truck. Roy V. Torres had a huge custom F 750 truck there; unusual to say the least at a car show. Jim Holubar had a beautiful Camaro drag car he races. Bill & Annita Hoekstra’s Ford Coupe had a custom interior and very clean lines, with a striking paint job that really shined in the bright sun.
One thing this show has to offer that is unique and a big hit is the chance to actually drive on a speedway with your car. The old Texas World Speedway is only a few miles away, and the show participants can let it out for a few laps. Starting out in twos, soon some were strung out as they sped by the deserted stands. This was quite an experience for us to see the various cars and trucks roar by; not too fast, but surely a thrill to the drivers!
Back at the show, the day was wearing down and it was time to gather inside the huge canopy for the auction and awards. There was even a genuine rat rod given away. The winner was thrilled to get it and was already bragging about driving it to work.
The proceeds from the show go to the Still Creek Ranch, a local home for abused and abandoned children. Thousands of dollars are raised each year from this show for this worthy cause. The city of College Station provides electricity and the tent.
We want to thank the car club for their hospitality and the opportunity to attend their show. The 2010 show is June 11th & 12th. Put this one on your calendar for June in sunny Texas.