Texans love everything homegrown, from our athletes, to our music, to our lovably inept presidential assassins who had no idea at the time that Jodie Foster was probably into girls. For a massive gathering of homegrown auto-nuts, hit QuikTrip Park's inaugural Best of the Best Car Show.
A Longview-born alternative to the nationally touring auto shows that regularly descend on the state, BoB is a 200-vehicle-plus extravaganza showcasing an insane range of mostly-Texas collectors: classic restorations, lunatic-fringe customs, lo-riders, late-model sports cars, stupid-fast sport bikes, and...lo-rider bicycles (yay!). Entries, which'll ring the field's warning track and spill over into the parking lot, include a chromed-over, 30s-era, open wheel/engine/pipe/seat hot-rod with a stonkin' V-8 and flamed metallic-purple paint; a white/gray, spoke-wheeled 1950s Pontiac Silver Streak; several 1960s Impalas given the full candy-coated, hydraulics-assisted curb feeler/hopper/cruiser treatment; a flame-red, beyond-mint, ZZ-Topped Ford Deuce Coupe; ultra-clean late-model Ford GT40s & Dodge Vipers with one-off paint/interior jobs; and an orange/black late-80s Chevy Caprice Classic plastered with Cheetos logos -- you'd better believe the owner knows it ain't easy...driving a Chevy Caprice Classic. To lubricate the attendees, the park's Whiskey Charlie's is running all-day food/drink specials, served up by its "world famous" Whiskey Chicks: babes dressed in tight referee getups and knee-high softball socks who'll you'll desperately want to ump.
If your own whip's worthy, you can register it day-of for $25, then stand proudly by your muscular ride as passersby gawk and whisper, "Wow, he's probably into girls".