The car scene in Houston is as diverse as its population. One weekend you can find yourself at a car meet full of luxury sports cars, and the next, at a car show filled with exotic imports. On this specific June weekend, I found myself at Texas Showdown, surrounded by slammed trucks sitting on chrome dubs and candy-coated slabs.
Texas Showdown has been an annual event on the Houston car enthusiasts’ calendars for as long as there has been a car scene in Houston. For the first time in several years though, the show was moved from its normal venue at Sam Houston Race Park in North Houston to the Pasadena Convention Center in Southeast Houston. The change in venues may have led to a smaller than usual crowd of spectators for a Showdown event, but the area car clubs still showed up to fill the convention lawn with their custom rides.
A modded import or Mopar-outfitted muscle car could be found amongst the sea of trucks if you looked hard enough, but make no mistake, Texas Showdown belonged to the truck enthusiasts. From classic trucks with muscle car engine swaps to more modern trucks sitting on major lift kits, there was a build to impress every truck lover. There was even a legit monster truck! In addition to the car show, the event also included live music performances and a tattoo expo.
As Texas Showdown settles in to its new home, hopefully there will be a return to the larger crowds that are expected of a Showdown event next year.