Lone Star Throwdown is always an incredible show, rain or shine, and this year went down as one of the best.
2023 marked my 3rd year covering LST in Conroe, TX, and I gotta say it has been my favorite so far. For starters, it’s the kind of show that if I turn 360 degrees in one place, I can pretty much spot at least 5 sets of our wheels. I do a good job of tracking whose going to be out there, but this is the show that will usually have, like, 15+ more rides than I expect.
Woke up the first day and saw this fine looking burb in the hotel parking lot.
When I go to LST, I plan on getting show coverage during the day. This means photos and little vid clips for tik tok/ IG Reels/ whatever else we came up with to replace Vine (R.I.P). Then I double check that everyone is down to do an interview showcasing their build, cause I’m all about celebrating the fact that we get to be a part of something that’s bigger than just wheels on a vehicle, we are a part of the story.
Take Chad, pictured above. He’s had his ’48 Thriftmaster for over a year now, built by his buddy Jesus who was building it for his wife at the time. Chad had his eyes on it when it was bought by a new owner, and he scooped it up after just about a year of him owning it. He’s put his own spin on it, keeping the style Jesus built it with but adding pieces that mean a lot to him. If you peep the LS you’ll see a big “F Cancer” which we can all agree on. He nicknamed the truck “Penny” after his mom who he lost to lung cancer, keeping it patina to show that having those scars is still a beautiful thing.
And Shannon from Pot O Gold Kustoms Ford that he’s had since he was 13. He brought this ahead of celebrating his 40th birthday. All his kids helped him get the truck to LST, some of them almost came home in it from the hospital after being born.
Johnny had his ’67 C10 in the GSI booth, sitting on our D-Town Detroit Steel Wheels. We did a full photoshoot with it that was featured in CK Truck Mag with a wonderful write up by the talented Scott Mason, another friend thats always fun to catch up with at the show.
Gotta mention Hunter in here too, she’s finishing up trade school in Texas and built this slick ’66 with her dad starting when she was 16. Her dream is to open her own shop, and sounds like she’s about ready to pull the trigger on it too based on our conversations at the show. LST 2023 marked the second year she pulled Top 100 with her truck.
@louisiana_classics crew always with the good vibes and hospitality at the show.
The beauty of this show is that there’s so many people that we get to see that make up our Detroit Steel Wheel family, it’s nonstop. And that goes for everyone that puts on LST too, huge shout out for the info and ease they provide for me navigating this and getting the best coverage I can. Wouldn’t be able to snake my way through after hours for killer light painting coverage without them!
Like I said, there’s a huge group of our fam that attends, and you can see all the interviews I got (with as many as I could) here. Looking forward to 2024!