I went out to Gulf Greyhound Park in LaMarque, Texas to enjoy what would be an absolutely pleasant day at the track. I did not go to see dogs, even though I have heard the weenie races are fun, but to see a wide assortment of great rides.

Yes, I was going to attend the 2012 Battle Drag car show. Throughout the day more and more rides kept flowing through the gate. It was a steady pace of custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The show grounds filled up nicely. Over 400 registered vehicles and 2500 spectators from as far away as Japan, California, and Florida came through the gates. Active military, police, and firefighters got in free. Nice.

The show was title sponsored by MadGear Apparel and was hosted by Damage Inc. and Car Tunes. Many more companies were present and were there to show their support and to give attendees and spectators the opportunity to buy some great stuff and to see what is trending in the scene. Patrons could also enjoy a sky high view of the grounds by riding in a military helicopter provided by The Collins Foundation.

There were several contests held throughout the weekend such as a bikini contest, club tug of war, drifting, a raffle, and graffiti demo. My favorite was the relay tricycle races where individuals had to spin around a baseball bat, ride a tricycle through a slalom course, slam a beer, and then the cycle would repeat a couple times. Good times, for sure. The winner of the race received a custom painted tricycle. Some of the winners were Sunset in the tug of war, and LJF Memorial crew won the tricycle competition accepted the award in memory of a fallen friend. The raffle provided close to $2000 for the college fund in memory of Damage Inc. member Jesse Flores.

There were some very cool Fender guitars painted by Maxed Out Designs for the Best Of trophies. They were well planned as the different paint schemes tended to show the types of vehicles which would be vying for their respective trophy.

Custom painted skateboards were provided by Dougy at DB Artwork for the top 100.

There was intermittent cloud cover which gave everyone a break from the heat and made the show relaxing and very enjoyable. The constant breeze was a welcome relief from the more recent and familiar Texas heat. What more could one ask for. The show had great rides, fun games, plenty of people, comfortable weather, and a calm and relaxed feeling. I look forward to the show again and will surely have just as great a time.

If you missed this year, make sure you head out next year. Also, check out their website at www.battledrag.com or on facebook.