This was my first trip solo out of town to a car show since my dad passed away. That's what made this trip so important to me along with the fact that this would have a lot of HAMB-friendly rides. I grew up going to the NSRA show in OKC and Colorado and while those were fun in their own ways, they don't hold a candle to the Lone Star Round Up. I had a blast and this won't be my last time heading down there for the show. Friday was very eventful but I would prefer not to go into details. I do need to thank David (Dchaz) for sticking it out with me on that trip. We made it into Austin and headed to the show to take in what we could. For my first impression, it was going to be a good weekend. Long, but good. Saturday, I sold some parts to a couple buddies to help pay for the trip and to meet some new HAMBers, then made my way to the show pretty early so I could get a good parking spot and spend some more quality time with the cars in there. Of course, the show was so big that I didn't cover all of it. I missed a couple of the ones I was looking towards to seeing like Tuffy, JohnnyCola's Caddy-powered Ford, etc.. But I still saw a lot of the rides that I had only been able of admiring from behind a computer screen so it was definitely more than worth Friday's events and the trip down there. I also met up with a good friend, Jared (JJK) and finally got to see his sister's car that he had been telling me about. I spent some time BS'ing around with him and Darrell (Caddy-O) who traded his gorgeous short-wide Chevy truck for an early '50's Chevy coupe at the show. One of the things I was looking towards to at the show would be seeing the reactions from some of you guys when y'all saw that I'm deaf. There were plenty of moments where I told people that I'm TexasSpeed on here and they gave me that blank stare that said: "Oh shit.. He's deaf." I would have to say Elrod was the most accommodating. Thanks, Elrod! He pulled out his iPhone and we were talking back and forth about his car and my project at home. He was pretty cool about my deafness as were several other HAMBers like Ryan, Chris, JeffreyJames, Anderson, DreddyBear, etc.. I met Jesse James as well but I was more excited about meeting Brian Bass and Ryan than I was Jesse so it's all good. Brian's a pretty laid back dude. Totally different from what I was expecting. Joyo was excited to meet me but because he recognized my handle from DogFightMagazine. Haha. Jeff Norwell was also pretty cool to me when Flat-Top Bob introduced me to him. I came back and bought a couple things from him.. I need some of that Norwell flavor in my room. This was a pretty great weekend! I didn't really get out much outside of the show and the ASS party but this was a great learning experience. Now I have a better idea of how to plan my weekend next year. Here are some pictures from the Dallas-Fort Worth HAMBers meeting at the BBQ place to all drive down together. David (Dchaz)'s ride in front of my cop car.. There were several others in that group but I didn't get them all.. One of them had trouble with their '53 Chevy so Dchaz and I stopped with them to help them get back to a friend's shop so they could drop their ride off and get another one. Hope you guys made it to the show okay! More to come..