On the weekend of July 22-24, 2011, the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, Texas was engulfed by hundreds of custom show vehicles attending the Custom Sounds’ Texas Heat Wave. Spectators and vehicle owners infiltrated the grounds, and a steady stream of golf carts, show trucks with pounding sound systems, and action-hungry enthusiasts explored the show all day long. Some, seeking momentary refuge from the pounding heat, found comfort in the indoor show area, taking advantage of the hydraulic contest followed by an air bag battle between Hellboy and Cyclone II.

Meanwhile, dust, rubber, and debris flew outside as high-horsepower monster trucks crushed cars and brave participants demolished their tires in a burnout contest, all alongside Truckin’ Magazine’s first ever autocross event. Coming head-on with dozens of cones marking the narrow, windy autocross path, drivers were able to show off their driving skills. Egos were both bolstered with fast times, and likewise bruised by bulldozed cones. Project Novakane, Truckin’ Magazine’s screaming 2004 GMC beast and current cover truck, hit the autocross course hard and was on display all weekend. All in all, a heck of a good time was had at Heat Wave this year.

Make sure to keep an eye out future events at www.heatwaveshow.com.