Three years ago, while working for a large promoter, who was putting on a show in Houston, Darryl Tracy realized the need for an annual gathering in the area. He saw that there was enough interest and certainly enough quality vehicles to support such a show and that by combining the two he could create a killer event that would meet not only the needs for show participants but for vendors and spectators as well. He began the process by finding a location to host such a gathering, and while the Houston area and its surrounding cities provide an unlimited number of options, he chose Sam Houston Race Track as the location for the first Texas Showdown. The track provided ample space and a great location with easy access, along with plenty of room for growth for any future shows. Obviously, he made the right decision, because the show, now in its third year, has increased in numbers for both attendance and registered vehicles, with each year surpassing the one before. Last year's event had such a great turn-out that the decision was made to turn this year's show into a two-day event, rather than just a one-day show.

The really unique thing about this show is that you do not have to attend both days to qualify for the trophies and cash. Your vehicle can be registered either of the two days and still get judged and qualify for your class. This works out great for those folks who for whatever reason cannot make one of the two days. From a spectator point of view, it is unique in the fact that if you attend both days, the vehicles differ from one day to the next, so it is like really attending two separate shows. Cash and trophies are awarded for each class, with First, Second, and Third all getting a piece of the money.

Advertised as bigger, better, and badder, this year's show proved to be every bit of that. While this year's show was a huge event, we predict next year's should simply explode, judging by the sheer number of quality vehicles that were worthy of being photographed for feature articles. In fact, there were so many amazing trucks that, while we normally come well prepared with ample amounts of film and media cards to cover such an event, we found ourselves needing to make a trip to the local electronics store for back-up. A live DJ was on hand both days to pump out the tunes, and at times, some of Houston's upcoming rap groups took to the stage to entertain the huge crowd of spectators. A large number of vendors were available to display their goods for the curious. The Texas Showdown show also had a large number of activities scheduled, such as a burnout contest, a hot dog-eating contest, and a host of other events for all ages.

Plans are being made now for next year's show, so visit the official site at www.texasshowdown.com, to keep posted on next year's date. Mark it on your calendars, and book your hotel rooms as soon as possible, because it is a must-see show!