Apr 8th and 9th, 2016
As if MotoGP and the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show weren’t enough excitement for one weekend, the Lonestar Round Up will be held in Austin this weekend, as well.
To quote organizers of the annual event, “The Lonestar Round Up is a huge outdoor car show and live music festival featuring vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country, that has become an annual pilgrimage to Austin for folks from all over the world.”
And that – as they say – pretty much says it all. Registration for vehicles entered in the Lonestar Round Up is limited to model years 1963 and earlier, traditionally-styled American hot rods, custom cars, and traditionally-styled bikes. ‘Traditionally-styled,’ in this context, refers to a car built in the ‘40s, ’50 or ‘60s, or one reminiscent of hot rods and customs built during those three decades, according to the event organizers.
The Lonestar Round Up is held at the Travis County Expo Center. There’s a $15 general admission charge for the public to attend the show, but the $15 price of admission gets you a wristband that is good for both Friday and Saturday at the Expo Center. And kids under 12 are free. Plus, there are some events offsite – like the after show party at the Austin Speed Shop on Saturday night – that require that same wristband for admission. Expo hours for the Lonestar Round Up are 10am-6pm on both days.
Besides the activities at the Expo Center, cool cars can be seen all over Austin throughout the entire weekend (beginning on Thursday night), especially on South Congress Avenue.
The beauty of strolling South Congress to see the cars is that they’re out there, driving up and down ‘The Main Street of Texas’ in all their glory. The avenue still offers that wide boulevard experience, reminiscent of when hot rods prowled their natural habitat, cruising up and down the streets, in and out of both drive-ins and dives. Plus, you can grab a quick bite to eat at local places like Guero’s Taco Bar, Home Slice Pizza and Amy’s Ice Cream, all on South Congress, while you watch the cars roll past.
In addition to cars that have come to town to enter the show at the Expo Center, there are plenty of other hot rods to see on South Congress that don’t fit the profile necessary to compete in the show, but are just as stylistic in their own right. And there’s music in the air, and music everywhere. Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, and that doesn’t change when events come to town. In addition to various restaurants, bars and other music venues at night, there will be music on stage at the Expo Center, all day, both days.
Whether personal preferences lean toward two wheels, four wheels or a combination of both, this is quite the weekend. For a complete and up-to-date schedule of events, venues and additional information on the Lonestar Round Up, go to: www.lonestarroundup.com.