The crew from Wilwood goes to events, shows, and races all over the country each year. In the past 20 years, Texas car culture has really exploded, rivaling California or Michigan. The Lonestar Round Up and C10 Truck Nationals have become as important as any of the more established shows out there, especially if you like trucks. Both shows were forced to skip a year or two during Covid, but this year they were bigger than ever.
Lonestar Round Up - Austin, TX
Every year in spring, vintage car and truck fans for hundreds of miles converge on the Travis County Expo Center in Austin. This year there were more than 700 vehicles on display. Originally known as the Lonestar Rod & Custom Round Up, the name has been shortened to include even more types of vehicles. As you would expect in Austin, there is plenty of live music and Texas BBQ to be enjoyed.
Because this show caters to more traditional rods and customs, many cars had solid steel wheels, which unfortunately don't show off our calipers. But talking to people at the show, many of them use Wilwood brakes for the added confidence they get from being better able to stop their traditional cars and trucks in modern traffic. Even if you have a very traditional hot rod with a solid axle, Wilwood has brake kits for you. Some kits even have a solid aluminum back plate that can be painted to hide the shiny brake rotor.
C10 Truck Nationals - Fort Worth, TX
Everybody knows that Texas loves trucks, that's a big part of why Toyota moved there years ago. The Texas C10 Nationals, despite the name, celebrates all Chevy trucks from the solid axle 1950s 3100s to the smooth sided 1988-98 OBS, in 1/2-, 3/4-, and 1-ton, plus GMC trucks, and the related SUVs. Four-wheel-drive trucks are welcome, but most of the trucks there are lowered street trucks, with lots of power and surprisingly good handling.
It was estimated that 2000 trucks were on display at the Texas Motor Speedway over the two days of the show. Autoclinic Restomod even drove up from Mexico to show their custom 1963 Chevy C10 "Blazer" with removable rear roof. Wilwood equipped, it went home with Best in Show at the end of the day.
Since the event took place at a race track, there were NASCAR ride-alongs, and some parade laps by trucks in the show. An autocross also took place with trucks showing amazing abilities you don't expect out of an old pickup. Truck owners favor bigger more open wheels, so Wilwood calipers were on display everywhere you turned.