Hod Rod Night at Top Notch

Top Notch, an Austin burger drive-in, hosts regular hot rod nights and I stopped by last night's event for a bit of motor nostalgia. Top Notch is such a great place for events like this. It hasn't changed much from its 1970s origins and it reminds me of the drive-ins I went to as a kid. I'm a child of the late 60s and while a lot of the classic cars I saw pre-date me, I do appreciate the style and craftsmanship that goes into these machines. 

Yeah, these old automobiles are gas guzzlers. The latest technology in cars makes them gas sippers compared to these machines of yesteryear. In my book though, those modern machines built from aluminum and plastic just don't have the soul of these steel forged classics. I'll take that good old art-deco styling over just about any modern car. 

One of the things I love most about car shows is hunting for interesting details, whether they be accents from the manufacturer, personal touches, props, or even reflections in chrome or glossy paint. I always feel like I could spend hours looking over the cars, searching for those little Easter eggs. 

All photos were taken with my Fujifilm X100f using the Acros film simulation. You can see more images from the event on my gallery site.

Hot Rod Night at Top Notch

Last night was hot rod night at Top Notch Burgers in Austin. I love classic cars and a gathering of car enthusiasts at a great burger joint was enough to convince me to brave the oppressive heat this 4th of July weekend. It's usually a fairly small turnout and I was surprised to see more cars than I'd ever seen there before. As usual I gravitated toward the older classics and rat rods. I was dripping with sweat by the time I made the rounds and I was happy to cool off with one of Top Notch's awesome milkshakes at the end of the evening. Here are a few of my favorite sightings.




Photos taken with a Fujifilm X30, Classic Chrome film simulation. More photos from the event can be seen on my gallery site.

Hot Rods at Top Notch

Top Notch Hamburgers in Austin hosted a vintage hot rod show last Saturday and I stopped by to check out the rides and, of course, snap a few photos. While I'm more into motorcycles than cars, I appreciate vintage vehicles of all varieties. There was a nice turnout at this burger drive-in. There wasn't a lot of light left in the day by the time I got there so I quickly made the rounds, pausing briefly to capture the cars and details that caught my eye. Here are a few favorites.

Full image gallery from the event is here.

Fujifilm X-T1, XF 23mm f/1.4, Classic Chrome