They do things bigger in Texas, and the 10th Annual Lonestar Round Up, hosted by The Kontinentals Car Club of Austin, lives up to the boast.

From humble beginnings 10 years ago on a local football field, the show has grown to a couple thousand cars and trucks, several live bands, a swap meet, a car culture art show, and completely obnoxious mini-bike races.

The best shows don’t limit themselves to what’s happening only at a fairgrounds and the Round Up delivers on that score as well. There’s a garage-crawl on Friday morning and plenty of cruising on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin each night.

We’ve been to a lot of big shows with cruising afterwards, but we can’t think of one that’s been in the very heart of a city of over a million people. Austin has a killer downtown, with a club and restaurant district covering several square blocks. Combined with being a college town, the city fathers know how to handle crowds, and rather than throw up the barricades to keep hot rodders out they added a little more crowd control and let the rodders cruise.

Texas is synonymous with cattle ranching, and ranchers need trucks. Fifty years into the modern truck era and Texas is full of vintage trucks, and the Round Up’s show field is heavily weighted toward hay haulers. Though the show is billed as ’63-and-earlier, one of the great things about trucks is that the mid-’60s are pretty difficult to differentiate; for instance, we saw a lot of “1963 Chevy” trucks without wraparound windshields. But guys have been doing that with trucks since the ’70s when NSRA had the “’49-and-older” rule, and every ’55 first-gen Chevy truck was built in ’49. The rest of the entrants are traditional hot rods and customs, along with vintage motorcycles.

By the time we drove back home, the dates for the 2012 show were already up on The Lonestar Round Up’s website, at www.lonestarroundup.com. Check it out and plan on attending next year’s event—we’ve already marked it on our calendar. ct