Lone Star Throw­down 2018

Can’t mess with this Texas mega show

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY BY PHIL GOR­DON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: PHIL GOR­DON

Var­i­ous things are judged and viewed by star rat­ings. It’s of­ten an honor to be given four or five stars for a com­pany or busi­ness. But for Texas, the ti­tle Lone Star State is used to sig­nify its former sta­tus as an in­de­pen­dent repub­lic, and as a re­minder of the state’s strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence. A cer­e­mo­ni­ous open­ing to the 2018 truck show sea­son, Lone Star Throw­down was held at the Lone Star Con­ven­tion & Expo Cen­ter in Hous­ton’s neigh­bor­ing city Con­roe, Texas.

Sched­uled to be a “wet week­end” by ev­ery weather re­port, LST 2018 didn’t skip a beat, wel­com­ing trucks of all shapes and sizes to the spa­cious show­grounds. Tak­ing up the en­tire in­door arena with its trucks and prod­ucts, Amer­i­can Force Wheels was one of the main spon­sors, along with All Out Per­for­mance, Full Flex, Kicker, Alamo Cus­toms, Ek­sten­sive Metal Works, 20.Nine.20, and Ac­cuair.

Just to give scope to the size and level of qual­ity this show rep­re­sents, LST is capped at 2,000 trucks. That is all the Lone

Star Con­ven­tion & Expo Cen­ter can hold. So once that num­ber is reached, reg­is­tra­tion is cut off. That means the num­ber of awe­some trucks will al­ways be 2,000—though there are dou­ble and triple that num­ber that ap­ply to get in.

Show pro­mot­ers Lon­nie Ford and Todd Hen­drex wish to thank every­one who ig­nored the weather re­ports and made LST just as suc­cess­ful as past years. Top awards went to Ricky Holly for his Chevy C10 for Best De­but, Kristy Win­berly and her lifted ’16 Ford for Ladies Choice, Josh Bur­nett for Best 4x4 with his ’17 Ford F450, Court­ney Car­roll and her ’94 Ta­coma for Best Mini, Bobby Long with his ’92 Chevy for Best Paint, and Nick Ger­mano and his ’68 C10 for Best of Show.

Plans are al­ready be­ing made for LST 2019, so keep your browsers tuned to lon­es­tarthrow­down.com for more info about next year’s event. To view the full gallery of 150-plus im­ages, visit truck­trend.com.

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