Words and Photos: Travis Scanlan of RoyBoy Productions
I’m ashamed. No, not in the teenager pulling his covers up quickly as mom unexpectantly bursts into the room sort of way. Rather, I’m ashamed in the “how the hell did I miss this show for the last five years” kind of way. After attending my first ever Texas Thaw this month, which was the 6th Annual Texas Thaw, I’m definitely ashamed to have missed the first five, and yes – it was seriously that much fun!
The Vintage drags/car show is held at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas and is opened up to 1973 and older vehicles. This year there was a great mixture of traditional hot rods, kustoms, musclecars, full out drag machines and of course – quite an eclectic assortment of outstanding people to go along with the great mix of vintage iron that was on hand.
The story goes something like this: Six years ago a few of the Torques Car Club DFW members were hanging out talking shop and just spit balling ideas back and fourth when they decided they needed an event to get together with more of the hot rod/car folks in the surrounding areas. So naturally, they moved forward with their idea of a little shin-dig gathering and got a date and location together to put on the First Texas Thaw.
Somehow, even though they only had a couple of months to prepare and organize that first event, friends and family came together to put on one heck of a show and it turned out really well. That sealed it, Texas Thaw went down in history and became an annual event.
The Torques are all fans and supporters of the men and women in uniform; firefighters, police, and military – so the proceeds from their event go to the USO/Unite For Troops every year. Also, as an added bonus, present your military ID at the gate and you get in free. Good people doing a good deed, which is exactly what we like to see!
The action started Friday evening with some fun/grudge races and a little pit party action. I hear tell there was even some fantastic BBQ that night, but by the time I hit the Texas border it was already long gone. Hopefully someone will save me some next time around.
Saturday the gates opened up at 9 a.m. and the car show area quickly filled to the brim with the sights and sounds of vintage machines – all shapes and sizes. The boundary for where the Torques thought the car show would fit kept expanding all the way into the late afternoon.
The beauty of this event is that you could enter your car to show it, race it or do both if you were feeling froggy. The spectator fees were a low $10 a head and cars were a cool $10 to show and $15 to go. That’s a darn good price for nearly unlimited passes down the fantastic 1/8th-mile strip. One racer claimed to have made almost 30 passes by the end of the event, but alas we have no proof to back that claim up except a ton of cool pics of the multiple passes, eh that should work!
The 2013 Texas Thaw had a ton of class breakdowns for the drags to help make sure that nobody has to run out of their class and the appropriate folks have a shot at the kool hand made trophies. From hot rods to full-out purpose-built race cars there was a class for everything and everyone.
One of the coolest drag cars at the event was Bobby Langley’s “Scorpion” which was in the pits all day, firing up for some cacklefest fun a few times through the weekend. The chassis for this car was originally built in 1964, this was truly a ride with some serious history.
Overall, the 2013 Texas Thaw was one heck of a great time! If all goes well, the plan is to return for the 2014 version and bring my ’63 Galaxie for at least one pass down the strip.
We’d like to thank Big Ken and the Torques Car Club for putting on such a great even that raises money for a tremendous cause and supports the car scene by giving back and educating all those that come in contact. We will definitely be back and to try and outlive the shame of missing the first five years.
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