LONESTAR THROWDOWN 2017

THE SIXTH AN­NUAL SHOW

Street Trucks - - DOMINO - TEXT BY JON HANSEN PHOTOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR AND JON HANSEN

Hav­ing grown in size and pop­u­lar­ity ev­ery year since its start in 2012, Lonestar Throwdown (LST) is one of the most an­tic­i­pated shows of the year for truck and auto en­thu­si­asts alike. LST takes over the city of Con­roe, Texas, the last week­end in Fe­bru­ary each year (Feb. 24-26, 2017). It started with a more hum­ble (by com­par­i­son) show size of a few hun­dred cars, since the LST staff ac­tu­ally made the de­ci­sion to cut down the amount of cars they let into the show from 2016. An as­tound­ing 2,500-plus ve­hi­cles showed up last year, mak­ing for a spec­tac­u­lar show, but it was also a lit­tle over­whelm­ing for show-go­ers and staff. Cut­ting the num­ber of ve­hi­cles down slightly to 2,000 with an ad­di­tional 100 ven­dors on the fair­grounds, pro­mot­ers Lon­nie Ford and Todd Hen­drex felt it would be a safer and more en­joy­able at­mos­phere for all in­volved. With more than 15,000 spec­ta­tors com­ing through the gates of this event, it was def­i­nitely a smart choice.

It’s easy to see how pop­u­lar the show is be­com­ing when own­ers and builders book their ho­tel rooms a year ahead of time. With a flood of #Lst­prep hash­tags and an as­sort­ment of pre-show memes float­ing around Face­book and In­sta­gram, it’s the first show of the sea­son for many Mid­west builders as they wave good­bye to freez­ing win­ter temps.

How­ever, this show isn’t lim­ited to peo­ple in the Mid­west. Own­ers from Cal­i­for­nia, Florida, Michi­gan, Louisiana and ba­si­cally ev­ery­where else go out of their way to at­tend. There are al­ways nu­mer­ous hotly an­tic­i­pated build un­veil­ings at the show. Whether lifted or low­ered, show-go­ers with a va­ri­ety of tastes can spend the en­tire week­end dis­cov­er­ing trucks to satisfy their cus­tom ap­petites. With mul­ti­ple food trucks and a full con­ces­sions area on the grounds, there’s no need to leave the show be­fore you see every­thing, as­sum­ing you’re wear­ing your walk­ing shoes. With the ve­hi­cles and ven­dors spread across the Lone Star Expo Cen­ter, it takes a few laps of the grounds to see all that LST has to of­fer.

Ven­dors such as Bil­let Spe­cial­ties, VIAIR, Amer­i­can

Force, Amer­i­can Rac­ing, Ac­cuair, Race­line Wheels, C-10 Talk, Vin­tage Air and many more set up along­side shops such as Delmo’s Speed Shop, Chas­sis Fab, The Road­ster Shop and Ek­sten­sive Metal Works. Many dis­tin­guished car clubs like Neg­a­tive Cam­ber, Sev­ered Ties, Af­ter­math and oth­ers showed up, and long-dis­tance friends used the event as an ex­cuse to get to­gether with fel­low club mem­bers and cus­tomiz­ers. Neg­a­tive Cam­ber ac­tu­ally cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary this year at the show, so they had an even larger than usual num­ber of mem­bers in at­ten­dance. It’s easy to see the brother­hood and strong friend­ships formed just by look­ing around the event.

Sun­day is the cov­eted awards’ day. From Best Paint and Best De­but to Best in Show and Top 100, there was a cat­e­gory to suit ev­ery style. Whether or not they win an award, at­ten­dees al­ways leave the show with a smile on their faces thanks to a week­end packed full of good times. If you’re some­one who hasn’t at­tended LST, start mak­ing plans and reser­va­tions now for next year. You won’t be sorry.

MANY WERE LOOK­ING

FOR­WARD TO SEE­ING PAINT JOB ON IZZY THE RAMIREZ’S TRUCK,

DARK KNIGHT. ON­LINE PREVIEWS

PIQUED CURIOSITY.

PASCAL BARONE TOOK HOME THE BEST OF SHOW AWARD FOR HIS “STRANGER” BUILT BY LIT­TLE SHOP. CHECK OUT FACE­BOOK AND IN­STA­GRAM FOR PHOTOS OF HIM AND BAE.

THOUGH VULCAN SPE­CIAL­TIES HAD SOME SET­BACKS BRING­ING THIS DUALLY, THE CREW UL­TI­MATELY MADE IT.

THIS TRUCK WAS IN LAST YEAR’S LST COV­ER­AGE AS A ROLLING FRAME. WE WILL BE WATCH­ING LST 2018 FOR THE FULLY COM­PLETED VER­SION.

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