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April 13th, 2015 No comments

My son and I are gearing up for a road trip to see the 14th Annual Lonestar Round Up April 17 & 18th, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

The Lonestar Round Up is a huge outdoor car show and live music festival featuring vintage hot rods and custom cars driven in from all over the country, that has become an annual pilgrimage to Austin for folks from all over the world.

Held on the rolling grounds of the Travis County Expo Center just minutes east of downtown Austin, the Round Up is a unique celebration of cars, culture and music that we plan to experience in person.

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In addition we’ll get to see family & friends we haven’t seen in a few years.

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Wes and friends racing weekend

February 22nd, 2010 No comments

Wes and his Car buddies with the 92′ Eagle Talon at the Circuit Grand Bayou.

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2009 Mississippi International Auto Show

February 18th, 2009 No comments

For $7 a ticket Wes and I were a little disappointed about this show. We found out after the show that some tickets were simply given away through various auto parts stores, etc. The biggest issue was that all of the cars batteries were disconnected. It’s a little hard to test feature’s of a car when you can’t play with them. Ford’s SYNC service could not be tested and neither could the NAV system on the Dodge Challenger.

There excuse was that “some” of the cars were available for a test drive. This much was true. Wes and I test drove the Dodge Challenger and got it up to 100MPH rather quickly. SWEET! We also test drove the Mazda 6. I am not a Mazda fan but I think I would buy this car if I didn’t already like the new Toyota Venza. We didn’t test drive it but will soon. I’m going to write MADA and suggest some things for next year.

FINALLY a worthwhile quality car show comes to Jackson! It starts Friday, January 23 and runs through Sunday, January 25, 2009. It is being held at the new Capital City Convention Center. It will feature a collection of exciting new-model and pre-production vehicles, concept cars, specialty vehicle displays, alternative fuel vehicles and family-style entertainment. All of this for only $8 a ticket. The tickets are $7 if you purchase online and you get a free 1 year subscription to Motor Trend magazine. This is certainly going to be better than the fiasco we paid $10 for last year.

Wes and I are taking off on Friday to see it first hand. Very excited.

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Ken Block Gymkhana Practice Video

December 31st, 2008 No comments

This guy is probably the best driver I have ever seen! It is 4 1/2 minutes long but well worth it.

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2008 Fireball Run comes through Jackson

September 29th, 2008 No comments

My son and I went to see a group of racers performing in a transcontinental race called The Fireball Run. I read about them coming into town and knew it would be a great opportunity to take pictures and see some really nice cars we normally do not see in the Jackson area.

What caught my eye about this particular rally is their charity, Child Rescue Network. Each Fireball Run team is assigned a different missing child. Their mission is to distribute as many posters as possible along the 3500 mile journey from Baton Rouge LA to Grand Rapids MI. Upon arrival to the 2008 Fireball Run teams receive a full color removable decal of their missing child to apply on their vehicle. We were handed fliers from only one team but I think that was due to the lack of anyone really being there from the Jackson area. Even the TV crews left after 30 minutes.

What impressed me the most was last years results. “This three million dollar awareness campaign was hugely successful last year when the rally traveled from Orlando, FL to Beverly Hills, CA. Of the 65 children featured last year, 23 have since been rescued and reunited with their families and guardians.” WOW. Have you ever heard of a program having those kinds of results?

Next year the race is going to cover Route66. My son and I sure wish this was something we could do. It would be a blast! My “hats-off” to Judy Bardin of the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau for bringing the 2008 Fireball Run to Jackson.

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