Photography: Courtesy of NHRDA
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and if you look at both the truck count and attendance figures for the National Hot Rod Diesel Association’s annual visit to the Lone Star State, you’d have to agree. Last year’s event was plagued by rainy and cold weather, which hurt attendance, but this year, the Eyes of Texas and the sunshine were upon the NHRDA at the Texas Motorplex, in Ennis, Texas, just outside of Dallas.
According to the NHRDA, slightly more than 85 trucks showed up for the Fourth Annual Texas Diesel Nationals on April 2nd, with attendance reportedly more than 5,000—setting an attendance record for an NHRDA event. Not bad for a one-day, diesel-only event. Of course, that’s if you don’t count the two jet car dragsters that put on ear-splitting, high-speed exhibition runs. On the other hand, jet cars technically run on kerosene (that’s kind of a form of diesel, isn’t it?).
In typical NHRDA fashion, the event, sponsored by Bullet Proof Diesel, of Mesa, Arizona, not only featured a full day of drag racing, but also a “Show-and-Shine” competition and the ever-popular burnout contest, which was won by Fred Butler, who was behind the wheel of a 1978 Peterbilt. Diesel Alley featured 17 vendors and manufacturers, all of whom stayed busy all day talking with customers. The event also raised $1,000 for the Wounded Warriors fund.
For more information on next year’s Texas Diesel Nationals or any other NHRDA event, stop by the NHRDA website: www.nhrda.com or call 360.658.4353.