In our opinion, there is no better weekend than when you cannot only enjoy an awesome car show with friends but also sleep in your own bed. For us, the 2006 Texas Showdown was that event. Held at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas, and literally five miles from our home, we look forward to this show each year for many more reasons as well. This Texas giant continues to pump out some of the hottest rides, events, vendors, and ladies in not only the state but also the nation. This show is quickly gaining the respect it has earned and with good reason.

Saturday started early and as with any Texas show, the heat is always a factor. This show was no exception to that rule. It was HOT but still a stellar example of a perfect mini-trucker-friendly weekend to enjoy some good times with friends, with plenty of events going on all weekend long like a hot dog eating contest, beer chugging contest, and one of the hottest Texas-sized wet T-shirt contests ever. (Note to self: Bring plenty of crisp dollar bills next year.) It was no wonder why this show draws such a huge crowd each year. And in between these great events were some awesome vendors on hand as well catering to all in attendance. Kustomz Ink Klothing, Ekstensive Metalworks, Crime Pays Video, and Hotridesmag.com were all on hand with their latest creations and threads to keep us all happy.

Saturday night played host to so many area parties it was hard to choose which to hit. We heard of one hosted by the Severed Ties crew, one at the Surf Shack, and another at Red River, so no matter where you headed, you were bound to have enough fun and good times to help you forget all about the sunburn you were undoubtedly nursing (yours truly included).

Sunday came way too early and produced another clear sky and scorching heat. We caked on the SPF 30 and headed back to the show to make our final rounds, catch up with friends old and new, and finally say our goodbyes before heading home. But before we left I had to pick up my first-place trophy (and this show also pays $100 to every first-place winner) with my body-dropped and 'bagged Toyota in the under-construction class. It was my truck's first show, so I was happy to take a first place - very cool!

Mark your calendars now for Texas Showdown 2007. We have already. For information about next year's event, visit their website at www.texasshowdown.com or contact Darryl Tracy at (281) 844-4960. See ya next year!