2009 marks the eighth year for the Chupacabras' Pistons and Paint Car and Art show. This event, held at the North Texas fairgrounds in Denton, Texas, has become a favorite to car and truck enthusiasts of all ages. Unlike some of the other larger shows in Texas, this one has a more 'down to earth' feel, with a laid-back sentiment. This is very refreshing in the times of megashow productions that have become popular in the 2000s. Pistons and Paint is also unique in the fact that it is only open to pre-1965 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Nothing beats a spread of classic hot rods, nonstandard art, local music, and eats on a warm November day!

Trucks were noticeably present this weekend, which leads one to ask: What does a ‘hot-rodding’ truck mean to auto enthusiasts? For many, it is a mode of individuality. Rebuilding a heavier, less aerodynamic vehicle, such as a truck, can be more of a challenge to achieve the same speed and acceleration than it would be in its lighter car counterpart. One advantage of a truck is that generally speaking, it has more room in the engine compartment than a car or custom, which could make it more discreet to house a sleeper motor. More room under the hood would also make the engine more accessible and easier to work on.

Another pull to trucks is the intense feel of nostalgia they invoke. Trucks have been in families’ generations, and often have fond memories tied to them. Something as simple as an old farm truck bonds family members and serves as a meaningful and real piece of history. There is definitely more than just monetary value in these trucks. They represent hard work, speed, beauty, creativity, time spent with family and friends of yesterday and today, and a sense of accomplishment.

Bill Keene, of Haltom City, showed off his beautiful 1955 Chevrolet Cameo. This hot rod has a fierce ZZ430 under the hood.

For more information about this show and upcoming shows, check out www.pistonsandpaint.com.

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