Hat Rod Pro­duc­tions ex­pands to Vic­to­ria

Austin American-Statesman - - CARS - By David Wil­fong

A hat maker from Lock­hart

and an in­ter­est in cars and mu­sic spawned a home­town event among friends six years ago. To­day the Hot Rod sand Hat­ters event has be­come a big at­trac­tion for the city of Lock­hart and is spread­ing.

Es­ti­mates of the crowd sur­pass 30,000 for the an­nual event, which was last held Feb. 4. More than 1,200 cars were fea­tured and the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity has warmed up to the hot rods roar­ing into their town each year.

“This time I’ve re­ally lost count, the event was so big peo­ple didn’t know where our show stopped or started from

one end of town to the other,” said or­ga­nizer Joel Gam­mage. “The en­tire city be­came a park­ing (lot) from end to end of Lock­hart for the whole show. We’ve got plans for 2018 to stretch our show across the whole city in 2018 along with com­man­deer­ing sup­port from the city of Lock­hart to uti­lize ad­di­tional ar­eas for park­ing and more shut­tle bus ser­vices will be pro­vided.”

Ap­par­ently other com­mu­ni­ties have taken no­tice as well.

Gam­mage has been re­ceiv­ing calls of in­ter­est from other area cities and has been hold­ing car shows in Gon­za­les as well. Vic­to­ria has slated a Hat Rod Pro­duc­tions event in that city on March 11. Ex­pec­ta­tions are high for this new ven­ture.

“The city of Vic­to­ria ac­tu­ally spon­sored 10 high­way bill­boards and anx­ious an­tic­i­pa­tion of their first an­nual show with us,” Gamma ge­said.“The first year we’ll cover roughly eight city blocks, much like the first year of the down­town show Hot Rods and Hat­ters in its ear­lier days in Lock­hart.”

Gamma ges aid he ex­pects 200 to 350 cars in the first show in Vic­to­ria. Keep­ing up the mu­si­cal tra­di­tion of Hat Rod events; the Oc­tanes, Ready Betty and the Phan­tom Shak­ers are booked to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment through­out the event.

The show runs from 8 a.m. to6p .m. (ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion closes at 2 p.m.) March 11 in DeLeon Plaza, 101 N. Main St. in Vic­to­ria.


Joel Gam­mage (cen­ter on mic) be­gan Hat Rod Pro­duc­tions six years ago with an in­ter­est in com­bin­ing live rock­a­billy mu­sic and clas­sic cars.

Hat Rods and Hat­ters has meant visi­tors and reven ue­forL ock­hart, and other smaller Cen­tral Texas cities are tak­ing no­tice. COUR­TESY PHOTO

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