Show Coverage: Lone Star Throwdown 2017

It’s been proven time and time again that the age-old adage “Everything’s bigger in Texas” holds true. Known for its rowdy presence, the Lone Star State is the home of true Americana soul. Equal to the bold and brashness, however, is a quiet love for the little things and the simple life. These two characteristics meet perfectly at the now world famous Lone Star Throwdown. This truck show is truly heaven on earth for those who miss the old days of the truck scene and who still prioritize a laid back approach to enjoying their projects in huge group settings. Lovers of all things low as well as Lift’d trucks travel from states near and far to converge upon Conroe, Texas. Many show-goers make it from the very edges of the US of A and further. In fact, the longest travel award for 2017 was given to Mary Davis, who traveled more than 2200 miles in her ’71 Road Runner to be there amongst all the truck madness that ensued.

Words: Michael Phillips | Photos: Stetson Bowerman & Mike Alexander

As the very FIRST ever truck show to sell out of 2,000 Pre-Reg spots, the Lone Star Throwdown was founded by good friends and long time truck scene enthusiasts, Todd “Radar” Hendrex and Lonnie Ford. The two were committed to recreate some of their favorite, iconic truck shows and bring together enthusiasts from all over the globe to enjoy their passion in a centrally located environment with friends both old and new. Since its first instance, the show has done just that. Local and commuters alike look forward to the classically styled event, full of the nation’s most exciting builds and debuts.

Whether your particular taste leans more towards classic, moderns, full-size, or mini’s, LST has a lot of something for everyone. A broad range of both custom cars and trucks arrive to strut their stuff. With a heavy emphasis on Slam’d trucks, the show also boasts imports, hot rods, and of course a healthy dose of Texas-styled lifted vehicles. The variety ensures that inspiration and appreciation flow freely as in-progress and fully-finished projects make their way through the massive show.

Now a regular staple in the Slam’d calendar of coverage, Lone Star Throwdown continues to excite die-hards of the scene. Every year we look forward to seeing what the most passionate builders have set out to accomplish. As long as shows like LST continue to thrive, the industry will remain alive and well, carried on by the next generation of enthusiasts who seek to make their mark in the community. #TeamSlamd looks forward to seeing what LST 2018 has in store. And even though it’s a 25-hour drive for us (one-way), we’ll never miss it – see you out there!


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LST 2107 Awards

BEST OF SHOW
PASCAL BARONE 2000 FORD RANGER

BEST OWNED 25YR AND UNDER
MCKINLEY HENDRYX 1969 VOLKSWAGEN BUG

BEST FEMALE OWNED
KRISTIN JUSTUS 2016 SUBARU WRX

LADIES CHOICE
DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL 1987 CHEVY 3500

BEST GRAPHICS
JONATHAN BARRON 1995 GMC SIERRA

BEST DEBUT
ELIAS HAROUN 2011 CHEVY SILVERADO

BEST BIKE
ROBERT MEZA 2012 CAPON TRIKE

BEST TOWPIG
HUMBERTO ORTIZ 1985 DODGE RAM

BEST FULL-SIZE TRUCK
MICHAEL LOSH 1965 CHEVY C10

BEST 4X4
DOUG LAWSON 1951 FORD F6

BEST LOW RIDER
ROBERT CANTU 1966 CHEVY CAPRICE

BEST MINI TRUCK
ALFORD IMPROTA 1987 CHEVY S10 BLAZER

BEST SUV
BRAD BOSMAN 2001 FORD EXCURSION

BEST UNDERCARRIAGE
WILLY SUAREZ 2017 FORD F250

BEST ENGINEERED
AARON KITTRELL 2015 GMC SIERRA

BEST ENGINE
TRAVIS BAUMAN 2011 CHEVY TAHOE

BEST PAINT
BEN GARDNER 2007 CHEVY SILVERADO

BEST INTERIOR
MATT HOERAUF CHEVY TAHOE

BEST UNDER CONSTRUCTION
SETH CURRY 1959 CHEVY APACHE

BEST CLASSIC CAR
CADDY CUSTOMS 1972 CHEVY CHEVELLE

BEST CLASSIC TRUCK
CRAIG PIGGOT 1968 CHEVY C10

BEST IMPORT CAR
ROBERT ROBINSON 1994 HONDA

BEST AMERICAN CAR
JEREMY BACH 1956 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN

ALL OUT OFFROAD
DOUG LAWSON 1951 FORD F6

C10 CLUB AWARD
ANTHONY GONZALEZ 1968 CHEVY C10

C10 CLUB AWARD
C10 TALK RONNIE WETCH 1973 YELLOWSTONE C10

EKSTENSIVE CHOICE
JASON MATHEWES 2005 FORD F350

PROMOTERS CHOICE
JULIO GARCIA 2011 FORD F350

PSE CHOICE
JORDAN SCHULTZ 2017 FORD F250

PHILBUILT CHOICE
BOBBY RICHARD 1946 CHEVY 1 TON

ROADGRATER CUSTOMS CHOICE
HEATH SCHULTZ 1955 CHEVY TRUCK

LAURIE STARLING MEMORIAL AWARD
BJ HOLTHAUS 1993 ISUZU PICKUP

KEVIN HYDE MEMORIAL AWARD
BRAD BOSMAN 2001 FORD EXCURSION

TITO MEMORIAL AWARD
HENRY BUENO 1951 FORD F1 TRUCK

LONGEST DISTANCE
MARY DAVIS 2,295 miles 1970 PLYMOUTH ROADRUNNER

CLUB PARTICIPATION
NEGATIVE CAMBER (103 ENTRIES)

KIDS CHOICE
ROBBIE BRYANT 2016 JEEP WRANGLER


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