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Laddie & Karen's Texas Stampede Adventures
2004-06-12
Karen & I had a fantastic time at the Texas Stampede Prowler Event. We arrived at Lakeway Inn (on Lake Travis just west of Austin), Texas on Saturday, June 5th and returned to Mandeville on Friday, June 11th. 2,342 miles (1,108 on the Prowler and 1,234 on my Truck). We had some rain but, that didn't stop us from having lots of fun and seeing some nice country. We got to see many of our old friends and meet some new friends.

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  View from our Lakeway Inn room overlooking Lake Travis. 
 
 
  The area was full of deer... 
 
 
  On Sunday, we headed south for Boerne to attend National Charger Assn. show. Nice cars hosted by the San Antonio Mopar club. 
 
 
  We stopped in Luckenbach, TX. Willie & Waylon weren't there but, the boys were pickin' on the back porch. There's only three buildings. Neat place... 
 
 
  Karen & I in the bar... 
 
 
  From Luckenbach, we headed to Fredricksburg a German community with lots of gift & antique shops. Also, home of Admiral Nimitz and Pacific War Museum. 
 
 
  Stopped by Wildseed farm on way to Johnson City. Lots of wildflowers and butterflys... 
 
 
  Stopped by the LBJ Ranch and adjacent state park. Required taking a bus ride for the tour. So, we skipped and decided to tour a working replica of old homestead in state park. $3 tour of LBJ ranch. 
 
 
  On Monday, we led a group of 20 or so Prowlers on a cruise to Llano, TX to have lunch at Coopers Pit BBQ. It's suppose to be the best BBQ in Texas and the favorite of George W. We were not disappointed - outstanding BBQ and quite an experience... 
 
 
  It's been awhile (40 years since the military) that I was surved chow like thie. You walked by the pit and selected what BBQ you wanted (Chicken, ribs, pork chops, brisket, two kinds of sasusage) and irrespective of whatever you said, it seemed the same size piece of meat got placed on the tray.  
 
 
  There were a few pits smoking the food... 
 
 
  Here's Karen & my sampler plate. You take the platter inside they place the BBQ on wax paper, weigh it, wrapit in the paper and place it back on your tray. You get your drink and other fixin's... 
 
 
  After passong the counter, you sit yourself down at the tables to enjoy ... 
 
 
  WildBill looking for the refill line... 
 
 
  Jesse, Steve & Gary E. 
 
 
  The VIper Truck was the center of attention. The Prowlers must have felt like step children. The truck drew attention all over Texas. 
 
 
  California Kid 2 Prowler built by Larry W. Vista, CA.  
 
 
  Nice wheels & flames. Larry W. hauled the car her in a special Dodge Dually diesel. Debbie W. did the driving of the CA Kid 2 around on the cruises... 
 
 
  WildBill with his "after lunch" drink... 
 
 
  Our host and Event Planners. Larry (AC) & Lethia Salzman, Fred & Debe Henkel, Martha & Bob Mart, Tami & Ken Fischer. After registration, we were off to the dock to board the boat for a nightly cruise and dinner over Lake Travis. 
 
 
  Some of the tow rigs... 
 
 
  Rick Buehler's SSR tow rig... 
 
 
  My tow rig. 01 Dodge Diesel 2500 with 20' Wells Cargo trailer. 
 
 
  More tow trailers 
 
 
  On Tuesday morning, we headed out before the group to scout out the roads and report back on any problems and announce our ETA to the hosting facility. Here we're in front of our 1st stop the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. 
 
 
  This is a large building. 
 
 
  Prowlers in the parking area... 
 
 
  More Prowlers on the other side and some folks took their tow vehicle on today's cruise because of the weather. 
 
 
  Lethia, AC, Phil Genet & Wayne (Waynew) 
 
 
  Some of the cars... 
 
 
  more cars 
 
 
  Rich trying to capture pic of Ed explaning how he had been through all the states represented by the license plates. 
 
 
  Jim Kenney viewing the cars... 
 
 
  Impressive set of Headlights 
 
 
  And, a large car... 
 
 
  After the museum, we were off to the Texas Grill in Bastrop for lunch. Than we began the Hill country cruise traveling west, northwest and back over to Lake Travis for dinner at the Oasis. 
 
 
  Overlooking Lake Travis from one of the many decks at the Oasis. 
 
 
  Overlooking our dining room... 
 
 
  Wednesday morning and the plan is to take pictures before heading to Houston. Here's Marty getting his car clean. 
 
 
  Jim Reece's polished front end done by Jay Harris. 
 
 
  Fred conducting the morning drivers meeting... 
 
 
  Getting our Group Pic taken... 
 
 
  Mike Gatlin filming Bob & CJ with Dave Mills providing the narration... 
 
 
  Dave Foshee had a pigeon visit him in his room and land on top of his head.  
 
 
  Dave would try to get pigeon to step onto his finger and all the pigeon would do is peck his finger... I understand this same pigeon landed on Fred Henkel one morning and caused Fred to spill coffee all over... 
 
 
  Our arrival at front gate of Mike & Judy Krehel's house in Houston. 
 
 
  The High Voltage Blue... 
 
 
  Karen & Laddie in front of the last Prowler built. 
 
 
  Last Chrsyler Prowler Candy Red built & last Plymouth Orange Prowler built. 
 
 
  Debe Henkel's handmade Quilt that she made and was auctioned off with the proceeds going to the POA... 
 
 
  Mike K's garage museum. 
 
 
  The other side of Mike's garage... 
 
 
  His GTO sitting on the Dyno... 
 
 
  Mike K. talking with Rick Buehler. Mel & Rick Beyes in the background. 
 
 
  Prowlers in Mike & Judy's Driveway. We ended up with 58 vehicles & 48 Prowlers in their driveway... 
 
 
  Our Red Kat... 
 
 
  Afternoon BBQ in front of garage/museum. 
 
 
  Waterfall in back of pool. Linda Marten & Rick Buehler behind the waterfall in the cave. 
 
 
  Gary Archer welcoming everyone to the backyard... 
 
 
  Looking out from under the cave and through the waterfall.  
 
 
  The view from the back of Mike's garage/museum. 
 
 
  Raffle & door prize time inside the museum. 
 
 
  The last Plymouth Prowler built. 
 
 
  The last Chrysler Prowler built. 
 
 
  AC meets AC... 
 
 
  Jerry & Marcia Scholten 
 
 
  Here's me signing the Inca Gold hood in the museum. 
 
 
  CJ, Judy Krehel, Brenda & Dave Mills... 
 
 
  On Thursday, several mini cruises were planned. However, we were invited by Dave & Janet Foshee to cruise on the water in their boat which they keep docked on Lake Travis. 
 
 
  View of our room from the Lake. 
 
 
  Hotel in background. Mike Gatlin, Jerry Scholten, Dave Foshee & Chris (Cnote). 
 
 
  Pauley and his family out doing a lil water skiing... 
 
 
  Debe Henkel enjoying the cruise. 
 
 
  Back to the dock to pick up Ed & Sandy M. & Marcia Scholten. 
 
 
  Dave Foshee our Captain. 
 
 
  Now this is what you call kickin back... Marcia S., Ed M. & Sandy M. 
 
 
  Now, I did get to film Mike using his video camera. However, I caught him napping or sleeeping on the job with my camera... 
 
 
  We cruised over and docked to have lunch at Johnny Fins... Lto R Debe & Fred (Fred's hidden behind Ed); Ed & Sandy; Jerry & Marcia; Dave & Janet (or hosts); Back row - Mike G.; Laddie & Karen; Christy & Chris... 
 
 
  Thursday night we were at San Antonio Raceway in Sequin, TX for the 4th Annual Prowler Drags. 
 
 
  Mike K's two Kats arriving in the RSI rig. The Blue has stroker, NOS & Gears. The Orange has Low boost Paxton & Gears... 
 
 
  Some of the Kats lettng their motors cool down... I didn't do an actual count but, my estimate is 45+ Prowlers at the track. We had 36 tech cards (so 36 cars were on the track) and 40 drivers (four cars had multiple drivers). The others were there to support the event and watch the fun. It was a very successful night - no breakdowns and seems everyone enjoyed the drag racing or just running down the track during time trials & test & tune. We had five members of the local San Antonio Mopar club out to join us. We started the time trials at 7:00 and began the 1st round of the Bracket race at 8:30. We continued the Test & Tune runs between the rounds of racing so this gave everyone a chance to get as many runs as they wanted.... We had 26 cars & Drivers participate in the 4th Annual Prowler Drags Bracket Race. 
 
 
  Viper Truck headsup against Prowler. It was a very good event and no one broke anything... In looking over all the results, and trying to apply an average, it looks like the Stock Prowlers ran around 15:3s. Those with Gears and/or headers ran around 15:0s. NOS, Superchargers 13:5s. There's always exceptions above or below... We had three Paxton low boost cars, one NOS car, one Stroker & one Stroker plus NOS... Not sure of the exact breakdown between Stock & Gear cars (two had Gears plus Dean's headers)... 
 
 
  Here's the Bracket Race winning Prowler. Made three time trial runs best ET was a 13.49. Than, made five rounds through the Brackets to win 1st place. Just for point of reference, the weather (temp, humidity & pressure) had a negative affect on your ET times as compared to good cool weather & low humidity... For the stock Prowlers or those with gears, my estimate is a .3 affect on your times. With cooler temps and lower humidity and at sea level your times would have improved by .3 tenths. For those Prowlers with NOS, Supercharger, Stroker, the times would have improved by .6 tenths in cooler & less humid weather... 
 
 
  My Ram Diesel tow vehicle made three runs down the strip. 
 
 
  On Friday morning we had the farewell breakfast. 
 
 
  Farewell breakfast saying good byes until the Canada event. 
 
 
  Cool looking Tow Rig. 
 
 
  Me & my 1st Place trophy. 
 
 
  Karen made these two vests for the event. Mine has all the Kats embroidered in the colors of the Prowlers. Karen did good job and vests got quite a few comments. 
 
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