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Hot Rod Heaven

Careening into its fourth year, the Lone Star Rod & Kustom Roundup is growing by "leaps and bounds," says Continental Club owner and Roundup jefe Steve Wertheimer. Preregistration for Saturday's main event at Festival Beach is up to 500, plus maybe another 200 "roll-ups." Unlike other hot-rod shows, where the cars mostly sit in some sterile indoor hall, Lone Star is geared toward actually driving around. Events are scheduled all over the area, but the highlight is always the street scene on South Congress, where tricked-out rides cruise between Roundup venues the Continental, Trophy's, and Jo's Hot Coffee. "There's nothing cooler than seeing five '32s together on South Congress on Saturday night," says Wertheimer, who credits his love of cars to a youth spent poring over auto magazines at the soda fountain in his dad's drugstore. Choosing a soundtrack for all this sledding is easy, he adds: "All you have to do is get that hot-rod box set that came out on Rhino a few years ago." Get the whole scoop at www.lonestarroundup.com.

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