Texas Thaw 2014 Photos

It’s that time of year again (or it was yesterday, at least), when the temps rise and hot rods from all over the southwest leave their garages on a pilgrimage to North Star Dragway in Sanger, Texas for the annual Texas Thaw car show and drag races, which benefits the USO and Unite for Troops.

Classic cars at the 2014 Texas ThawClassic cars at the 2014 Texas Thaw

It’s easy to forget what year it really is at Texas Thaw

This event draws a bigger crowd each year, and proves the nay-sayers that carry on about drag racing being on the decline wrong. The track was packed and cars filled with spectators consistently filed in all day long. We took our 63 Chevy C10 for some racing fun, and I brought along the camera bag to capture, as best is possible, the sensory overload of the day.

classic car at Texas Thaw 2014

A barn (or field?) find resurrected

It really doesn’t matter what your automotive taste is, there is something for everyone. From traditional classics to the outright weird, full-on racecars to subtle cruisers, the ‘Thaw has it all.

hot rods in the staging lanes at Texas Thaw

All shapes and sizes

We managed to grab a few win lights with the truck, and kept the attitude for the day light by not worrying about the timeslips (which were a bit off of what we were hoping for). Overall, there’s nothing like the Texas Thaw, and we can’t wait for next year.

Vintage coupe at Texas Thaw 2014

Goldfinger’s classic ride of choice

Check out the full gallery of photos from Texas Thaw 2014 by clicking any of the images above, or at the Shutterspeed Photo Site:


Texas Thaw 2012 Photos 2: Emblems and Letters

I had said in the last post this would be a 3 parter, but the second set, emblems and letters, set didn’t end up being as big as I thought it would. Here’s a few preview shots, check out the whole set on the Shutterspeed photo site:

 Texas Thaw 2012 Photo Gallery 2: Emblems and Letters

My Ears Are Still Ringing

Today has been marked on my calendar for a while. Each February, North Star hosts the Torques CC Texas Thaw. The original plan was to bring the truck in its new shop truck guise, swap out the slicks and do a little racing. Best laid plans..the truck is rocking mismatched wheels and still has no shop lettering, but I drove it up and had a good time spectating and picture-taking nonetheless.

This is one of the biggest events they have every year at the track, and definitely attracts the widest variety of cars. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, purpose built 5 second drag cars, polished out street rods, patina’d hot rods (don’t call them rat rods) that look like they could be sitting at the wrecking yard next door, several of them housing force-fed LS engines – there’s always something for everyone.

I have around 250 pictures to weed through, but I couldn’t resist cutting up the video from the 4 car Cackle Fest first. The 60D continues to amaze me. I’m still only using the internal mic, and it did a phenomenal job of capturing these brutally loud cars.

So, crank up your speakers (or headphones if you want to respect your neighbors), and enjoy a little nitro:

Pics to come shortly.