Texas Hot Rod Week Kicks Off Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals Weekend

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals, which was expanded this year with Goodguys’ first-ever Texas Hot Rod Week! That’s right, we’ve brought a West Coast tradition to Fort Worth with three-days of vintage vehicle touring around the Metroplex leading up to our signature early-autumn event. It was a week that reinforced the “Ya Gotta Drive ’Em” spirit of Goodguys founder Gary Meadors and celebrated some of the cool shops and collections in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Our first day of touring on Tuesday saw more than a dozen rods, customs, and vintage trucks joining us for a day-long drive visiting five cool stops around the metro area. This included a looks at the Mustangs and Cobras being built at Texas Speed Factory/Classic Recreations; an exclusive peek inside the Sam Pack Car Collection; lunch at Texas Collector Car Storage and Owners Club; a visit to the Marshall Collection at Grandpa’s Hot Rod Garage; and an early Beers ’n Gears Happy Hour at Roanoke Chop Shop Live.

Day two added some more substantial miles to our odometers, with a journey south of Fort Worth toward Waco. We started with a visit to Killer Hot Rods in Alvaredo, and then cruised down I-35 to So-Cal Speed Shop Waco. After lunch nearby, we toured the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco before hitting the road again and heading back up north to Mansfield and a stop at House of Hotrods & Classics. We finished the day at the new Goodguys Garage + Members Club so participating cruisers could get a look at this exciting new business venture for Goodguys.

True to Hot Rod Week tradition, our Thursday outing was a Poker Run where our caravan picked up a poker card at five different stops around the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. We started at the Goodguys Garage + Members Club in Fort Worth, and then cruised down to the Summit Racing showroom and warehouse in nearby Arlington. From there we checked out some of the cool projects at Shorty’s Custom Paint before a lunch stop at Fort Brewery & Pizza. The afternoon saw us visiting Murray Kustom Rods before finishing the day at Triple F Automotive.

Goodguys would like to thank everyone who joined us for Texas Hot Rod Week as we cruised around the metroplex. These three days of on-the-road adventures, shop tours, and visits to local collections were the perfect way to get our engines running and interests engaged for a weekend of Goodguys Good Times at the 30th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals presented by BASF. It’s a new Texas tradition we’ll look forward to continuing in the years ahead!

Photos by Damon Lee

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.