The “Texas Tour” is an antique automobile tour that attracts individuals with all types of antique vehicles (automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles) from across the state for several days of activities. The upcoming tour, May 19-22, 2016, marks the 63rd consecutive year for this tour. This event is currently coordinated by five antique automobile clubs in Texas – - four that are associated with the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), and one that is a part of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA). Each year the tour is hosted by one of the five clubs in this rotation, and the setting for the tour changes each year based on a location selected by the hosting club. Participation in the tour is open to individuals who are interested in the restoration and preservation of antique automobiles. Participating vehicles must be at least 25 years old to be registered for the tour; however, it is not a requirement for individuals to own an antique automobile to attend the tour functions.
The attendance at the tour varies from year to year based on location and other factors, but there are generally between 225 and 300 participants, and about 125 antique vehicles. The hosting club determines the details for the tour events. The standard make up of the event includes registration during the day and a social gathering on Thursday evening. Friday consists of judging of the vehicles that are entered for the class judging and certain special awards – - usually in conjunction with ladies events and seminars. Following lunch, the group departs for a short driving tour to visit sites of interest, and the day is culminated with dinner and a style show of era fashions demonstrated by tour participants. Saturday morning generally begins a long tour route, taking in local attractions in the surrounding countryside. Driving events, games, and other contests or demonstrations may also be included in the day’s activities. The Saturday evening dinner includes an awards banquet where the trophies and awards are presented to the recipients, and other program activities may also be included.