Imagine a city which for one Saturday each month in the summer closes it's city center to traffic and a deluge of custom and classic cars gather around a historic courthouse building for a show and shine competition. Imagine that this town held an annual swap meet with 3,000 plus vendor spaces full of auto related parts and paraphernalia. Could this be the car culture promised land? Nah, it's Decatur, Texas.
Located about an hour Northwest of Dallas, Decatur has a cool downtown and historic courthouse square. The first Saturday of each month in the summer it hosts a car show which attracts all sorts of cars from the surrounding metro-plex. Here are some highlights from the show.
Around 3pm the cars start rolling in. The surrounding square has places to eat and the standard small town antique and junk shops.
This killer T-bucket rolled on Crager SS rims, had Chevy power, disc brakes, standard shift and big fat Mickey Thomsons out back.
Bill Shores from Special Interest Fords DFW and his Betty rolled up in this gorgeous '59 T-bird. They were just two of the friendly folks we met at the show.
This Oldsmobile had a pretty dang cool hood treatment. I wonder if that planet lights up.
This wagon has loads of attitude and those Radir wheels look great.
What the C3 Corvettes lacked in factory supplied horsepower they made up for with sexy curves and good looks.
This super-clean Chevelle wagon was on hand to show that hot rods can be cool and practical at the same time.
A good looking '37 Coupe.
This Chevelle had the displacement to back to it's SS badge.
There was some oddball stuff in attendance too. This slick little rambler has a flat-six under the hood and custom sat covers with the Rambler emblem stitched in.
A few 4x4s turned out for the show including a trail-ready rig with mega flake paint and a really clean CJ with a Chevy LT1 swap under the hood.
But the hands down king of the 4x4s at this show was this massive quad cab short bed with a 454 blowing spent gas through twin zoomies topped with flappers. It shook the ground and stopped the show when it rolled in on four huge Super Swamper Boggers.
This killer coupe with a super-charged hemi speaks for itself.
Of course this pair of Shoeboxes were a personal favorite. The white '51 with flames had a flathead V8 with dual carbs and aluminum heads. The red convertible was a super-clean 50 model with a continental kit hanging off the back.
This was the first show I attended in Decatur and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of vehicles there. These are just a few of the cars there. There were many more.
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