Event Coverage: 2011 TexMex Custom Car and Truck show
Camping, custom trucks, and a good time with friends
This year's TexMex Custom Car and Truck show brought out the best custom trucks for a weekend of camping with truck exhibitionist from around the state and beyond. TexMex 2011 took place on April 14-17 in the small town of Lake Sommerville, Texas, and held at Welch Park. The wonderful people of Sommerville welcomed the swelling crowd of 7200 showgoers with open arms. The setting was perfect with the show grounds being right next to the lake. Many people also brought out boats to enjoy the water.
Last year's event was rudely disrupted with bitter cold temperatures, rain, wind, lightning, and thunder -- cutting a lot of attendees' trips short. Mitch Rall and the Severed Ties crew hoped this year's show wouldn't suffer the same fate. Luckily, the only thing we had to worry about this year was the dust -- we'll take that any day over a rainy weekend.
DJ Get Low was on stage all weekend, spinning music for everyone's entertainment while guests took part in the fourth annual Mini Trucker Olympics with games of dodge ball, wheelbarrow races, and a Bar-B-Q Cookoff for the truckers to show off their culinary skills.
Of all the cool minitrucks on hand, this 94 Toyota pickup of Joseph Schade from Spring, Texas, stood out the most. With its PPG Scarlet Red paint job, it caught the attention of many. The truck was originally built by Jamey Jordan, and when Joseph took it over he knew he would have to add some new flavor to it to make it reflect his personality. The truck received a face-lift with a set of Toyota 4Runner front fenders, a grille, headlights, and a Grant Customs front bumper. The truck is lowered with air ride suspension and four-link rear setup. It rolls on a set of 19-inch Foose Loose Twos wheels. The interior is decked out with custom smoothed-out surfaces, a Colorado Customs steering wheel, one-off door panels, ostrich leather-wrapped seats, and a full-blown audio setup.
Another showstopper that could be both seen and heard was Zachary Quatrevingt's 1937 International D2 Pickup, which took him only three months to build. Zak gave the truck more go by replacing the factory motor with a Chevrolet 305 and a 350 Turbo Transmission. He lowered the truck with full air ride suspension using Firestone bags on all four corners with a set of upper control arms from a Mazda B2200 in front and a custom four-link setup for the rear. The truck sits on a set of original Astro Supremes wheels with American Classic 1.25-inch whitewall tires. Zak pretty much left the interior of the truck stock with only a custom-built floor and Lokar shifter and left the original paint as is.
For information on next years event go to texmexcarshow.com!