I was recently in Austin Texas for a close friends wedding over the Memorial Day weekend. Though it was in Austin, I was flying in and out of San Antonio which is about an hour away. So I hopped in my rental Jaguar F-Pace (p.s. which was great and a totally different story) and headed to a coffee shop I picked in the middle of nowhere. After about an hour in the car, I pull into a town square where I see about 20 hot rods and classic cars. Then beyond that, keeping in mind this is the middle of nowhere, I see a close family friend. Someone I didn’t expect to see in Texas, let alone in the middle of nowhere! So this is how you end up going from a regular boring day to a hot rod show in Texas.

I was on the phone with my dad who told me to call his buddy and family friend who lived in San Antonio. I thought to myself I didn’t want to show up unannounced on a holiday weekend and I was sure he was busy. Low and behold, he wasn’t only doing the exact same thing I wanted to be doing, but he was at the same coffee shop, at the same time, in the same small town. Now if this isn’t proof that the “small world” theory isn’t real, I don’t know what is. There are about four different ways to get to San Antonio from Austin, and the odds of finding him when they only stopped for about 20 minutes to grab coffee still blows my mind. So after bumping into him, he invited me to join along on a drive to the Treaty Oak Distillery for a Hot Rod show and I just couldn’t say no.

So I had about 4 hours before my flight was to board back to the cold and wet of Minnesota so I wanted to make the best of it. I had planned on getting coffee and doing nothing, but this classic car show at the distillery with some amazing hot rods was absolutely perfect. Not only the show but the town square of Blanco, TX which made for a pretty cool backdrop for some hot rods. In black and white, these photos would actually look like hot-rodded classic photos.

I couldn’t believe how cool the Treaty Oak venue was for a car show. I’m more use to the parking lot show, but this being a different environment completely just blew my mind. My cell phone photos don’t do it any justice, but the way the trees were hanging over the hot rods, and the 90-degree heat was just incredible. I had to take off as cars really were just starting to show up, but I couldn’t have been any happier to spend what I thought was going to be a throwaway travel day, and making it something quite special.

Treaty Oak 3rd Annual Rod Run – Link to the original event page.