Texas is known for its extremes. With phrases like “don’t mess with Texas” and “everything’s bigger in Texas,” the state is known for being home to those that push the limits. Texas is also referred to as truck country and is a real hot spot for customs. In fact, we find ourselves going to this state several times each year because there is always something exciting going on there.
One thing that continues to bring truck fans to the Austin area is the Texas Heatwave held at the Travis County Fairgrounds. This past event was held on July 24-26, 2015, making it the 26th year of the show. It all started back in 1989 when two Texas-based mini-truck clubs got together and came up with the idea to throw a show in the style of a West Coast three-day truck run. Just to be funny, they decided to call it the Texas Heatwave and hold it during the hottest weekend in the Austin area, which is usually near the end of July.
To help make this particular show happen, promoter David MacDonald had 125 people on staff, and that number didn’t include the numerous people working security. Another interesting fact is that Dave always makes sure that all show-goers are physically safe by having a team of certified EMTs in a sanctioned building throughout the event.
For anyone in attendance, the show is chock-full of things to see and do. In case checking out the many aisles of custom vehicles was not enough for you, there was plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend. A few exciting things to watch were the burnout contest, truck-o-war/rolling coal contest, monster truck show and the hydraulic contest. Besides watching these vehicular acts, there were several live musical performances on stage, wrestling matches, a bikini contest and a few BMX/skateboard shows by United Freestyle Stunt Team. Oh, and let’s not forget that there was a tattoo expo where you could get inked up by some of the finest artists in Texas.
For information on this event or any of the others on the Heatwave tour, visit Heatwaveinc.com.