photos by Phil Jones
published in the Fall 2013 quattro quarterly
TEXAS, THE LONE STAR STATE, is the largest state in the continental United States. But that never stops Audi Club members from driving across its interior to spend time with fellow Audi enthusiasts. For 2013, Texan four-ring owners descended upon Frisco, Texas in the Dallas Fort Worth area to celebrate all things Audi. This year’s meet brought a bevy of Audi models, including some of the more rare breeds on display at the Show n’ Shine event. Rarities such as three RS6s, four TTRSs, a D2S8, Sport quattro, and Don Istook’s Pirelli World Challenge GTS class TTRS were on display. Audi Dallas also brought a new S6 and R8 V10 Spyder.
The Details LTD Show n’ Shine event boasted over 30 competing vehicles vying for Audi prize packs including a grand prize ticket package for the 2013 ALMS and WEC Audi Club Lone Star (ACLS) Car Corral package courtesy of Circuit of the Americas. Throughout the weekend, various prize packages were given away to lucky club members.
After a driver’s meeting, the group headed off for a side- winding drive through some of the best back roads in North Texas. The target was the 50s throwback diner called Yesterday’s in Bridgeport, Texas. After lunch, the club made their way to the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) to meet and learn about several species of large cats from tigers, lions, and cougars to leopards, panthers, and mischievous lemurs.
CARE inspired the call of the wild and the Audi caravan engaged in a spirited drive back to the hotel through the rural roads of northwest DFW area for dinner. Touted as the “Best German Restaurant in America,” the Bavarian Grill hosted the State Meet’s dinner in full German theme. Complete with oom-pah band and a custom menu exclusive to Audi Club Lone Star members, the Bavarian Grill proved the perfect place to reflect on the day’s drives and activities.
Sunday opened with an old favorite route to the lunch destination that featured a leg of New Hope Road, a popular route driven for years by seasoned DFW Audi Club members. Snaking their way through Plano to Carrollton, drivers made use of their quattro-equipped Audis gripping some nice corners before a brief highway stint to La Hacienda Ranch for lunch and the keynote address.
ACLS attendees were privileged to have fellow ACLS member, enthusiast and Audi of America Academy instructor, Chris Ceret, take attendees on an impromptu journey through Audi history. He focused on the Audi lineage peppering it with personal insight in a lively and engaging style. Did you know the oil filter was a Horch invention?
All good things must end, so after one last group photo, the Audis who had invaded Frisco went their separate ways redistributing through Texas to represent the brand with the four rings in the Lone Star state.
Audi Club Lone Star thanks the following sponsors for their generous contributions to make the event a success: Audi Dallas, Details LTD, Circuit of the Americas, Silvercar, APR, STaSIS Revo Group, RS Werkes, Aloft Plano and Audi of America.