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November 9th, 2024

Honoring our American Veteran's is not something we take lightly in Bastrop, Texas. We are again hosting the annual Bastrop Veterans Weekend Cruise-In, Veterans Tribute Ceremony & Car Show on the weekend of Friday, Nov. 10th & Saturday, Nov. 11th, on Main Street in Downtown Bastrop.

The Veteran's Weekend "Heroes & Hot Rods" Car Show is a popular automotive event. In 2022 we had approximately 400 vehicles on the car show field, with an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 attending the event, over the weekend, as spectators. 2023 will be the 17th year for the car show and Veterans’ tribute event!


The Bastrop Area Cruisers car club is proud to facilitate the veterans weekend car show event. Along with the Saturday car blog show there is a Veterans’ Tribute ceremony honoring those who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. On the Friday night before the car show there will be a Cruise-In on Main Street in Downtown Bastrop. The City of Bastrop, and many Bastrop businesses strongly support this event and welcome all visitors to our historic downtown and surrounding areas.


Well over 75% of the proceeds from the event go primarily to many local & central Texas Veteran support organizations. The remainder goes to automotive technology scholarships for several Bastrop County high schools and to other local charities (food pantries, homeless resources, children’s organizations, etc.).


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Bastrop Area Cruisers 17th Annual "Heroes & Hot Rods" Veterans Weekend Car Show & Events Info. We are looking forward to meeting you and your special vehicle as our guests in Bastrop!


Friday, November 10

Festivities begin on Friday evening AT 5PM with the Cruise-In on Historic Main Street in Downtown Bastrop, TX. Come hang out as we watch classic cars roll into town. This is a great opportunity to snag photos of your favorite car and talk to the fine folks displaying them.


5PM - 9PM | Cruise-In Begins, Downtown Bastrop

*Parking on Main Street & surrounding areas reserved exclusively for registered car show participants until 9PM


Saturday, November 11

Saturday's Car Show begins bright and early AT 7:30AM. This event is expected to attract 400 cars to be displayed along our historic downtown Main Street, side streets & parking lots.

*Please note, you must pre-register in advance of the car show. There is NO day-of-event registration.


7:30AM | Veteran's Day Car Show Gates Open | Check-In and Parking Begins


10AM | Car Show Vehicle Check-in & Parking Ends


10:30AM | Veterans Tribute March on Main Street  

*ALL military are welcome to join in the Veteran's March. To be part of this special event, please gather at


10:30AM in front of the Bastrop Post Office, 1106 Main Street, Bastrop, TX 78602


11AM | Veteran's Day Tribute and Ceremony | Bastrop County Courthouse Gazebo (804 Pecan Street)


1 PM | Silent Auction Closes Don't miss the amazing World War II and Camp Swift Exhibits!

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How the vehicles will be judged in our 2023 BAC Veterans Day Car Show: First and foremost, we want to thank our participants and spectators for supporting our veterans in our 17th annual Veterans Weekend Car Show “Heroes & Hot Rods”.


The judging information below will be the guidelines we will use to judge all registered vehicles, using a 70 point total scoring system. It is our intention to have 2 person judging teams judging one or more classes approximately between 10:00AM and 1:30PM. All vehicles in a specific class are judged by the same judging team for fairness & equity in scoring. No judges will be judging a class in which their own vehicle is entered. Award presentations will begin approximately at 3:00PM in front of the Bastrop Historical Museum at the corner of Main and Pine Streets, by the DJ stage. You are not required to be with your vehicle during the judging, however it is good to be available in case the judges require some assistance or information. They will not discuss results or deductions with the participants. Please be aware the judges have a time constraint and do not have time to carry on conversations with the owner. All decisions of the judges will be final. Once your vehicle has been judged a business card will be placed under the driver’s side windshield wiper or placed on the dashboard in front of the steering wheel. To it make fair and equal to all our participants we do not judge Build Photos/Books, Props/Display Items, or Previous Awards – However we do encourage and enjoy them, so please feel free to display them.


Please note our judges to properly judge all participants vehicles in the categories listed below you must have the following: Your placard placed in plain view (window or dashboard on driver’s side). Your Hood and Trunk open. At least one side window down but preferably both side windows down.

EXTERIOR (Maximum Points 25)

Body – Panel Fit, Dents, Waves, and Evident Repairs

Paint Quality – Smoothness Lack of; Scratches, Nicks, and Orange Peel

Condition of Bright Work & Glass, Trim, Door Handles, and Moldings

Tires, Wheels, or Hub Caps – Matching, Condition, Detail, and Wear

Overall Appearance – Cleanliness, Detail, and Quality of Workmanship


INTERIOR (Maximum Points 25)

Hardware – Dash, Instruments, Console, Steering Wheel, Etc.

Upholstery – Seats, Door Panels, Headliner, Etc.

Carpet, Mats, and Floor Treatments

Trunk/Cargo Area – Cleanliness, Detail, and Spare Tire

Overall Appearance - Cleanliness, Detail, and Quality of Workmanship


ENGINE (Maximum Points 20)

Cleanliness – No Oil, Water Spots, Debris, Rust, Etc.

Paint – Engine, Firewall, Fenders

Assembly - Detail in Plumbing & Wiring Routing

Overall Appearance – Cleanliness, Detail, and Quality of Workmanship



Awards will be distributed for each class, pending the number of the class entries, at approximately 3:00PM. Various specialty awards will be given out as well including Best in Show, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine, Presidential Sponsors Choice, Veterans Choice and Favorite Chevrolet, Mopar and Ford. The Best of Awards will be determined after all the judging has been completed. A Vehicle may place in their class and win a Best of Award, but not multiple Best of Awards.


Note: The Bastrop Area Cruisers Club vehicles are on “display only” in a designated club area. We encourage every car show participant to cast a vote on your favorite BAC choice using the ballot given to you at check in.

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