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Vintage cars hit Austin streets for 13th annual 'Lonestar Roundup'

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The Lonestar Roundup is in its 13th year.  It's a vintage hot rod and custom car show that thousands of classic car owners from all over the nation make a point to come to...many of them driving their cars all the way across the flat beds.
Steve Wertheimer, owner of the famous Continental Club on South Congress is the mastermind of the whole shin-dig.

"We started with 80 cars out at House Park Stadium right in downtown Austin and eventually wound up having to move it out here to the Travis County Expo Center which is a great facility for what we're doing," Wertheimer said.

And to keep with that classic vibe, there are no cars newer than 1963.

"We kind of favor the traditional hot rods and the early customs and we try to stay away from what kind of happened after '64 and '65 which is when the muscle cars started coming into presence," Wertheimer said.

My dad loves 1955 F-100's so I sought one out for him.  Ricky 'Manifold' has a '55.  He says his love for the truck came from his dad.

"My dad has a '56 and that's how we ran across it, we were looking for parts for that other truck and found this one," Ricky said.

Ricky started working on it when he was just 15 years old and he gave it the love and attention it desperately needed.

"All primer, green...the whole front end was in the back of the bed," he said.

Same goes for Ernest Martinez from Texas City.  I asked him what his '54 Ford looked like before he got ahold of it.

"Uhh didn't look like this!  It was rough," he said.

This is Martinez's fourth year to come to the Lonestar Roundup.  He says it's one of the best car shows out there.

"You see all different people, different cars.  They come from all over.  A bunch of big builders here too as well," Martinez said.

By the way, along with the vintage cars, many attendees chose to dress in vintage clothing too.  Wertheimer says he doesn't know for sure but he guesses about 15,000 people showed up this weekend.

"The quality of cars and the quantity of the cars, it gets better every year and...I'm happy to live in Austin," Wertheimer said.

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