 The Texas Auto Writers Association annually produces two signature events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. Throughout the year we also participate and hold general membership meetings at the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio Auto Shows as well as the State Fair of Texas. The Texas Driving Energy event is held as a part of the Houston Auto Show Press Days and showcases the latest in "green", alternative fuels and electrified vehicles. Recognition and encouragement of excellence in automotive journalism are the goals of the annual Excellence in Craft Competition.



    • Thursday, September 28, 2017
    • Fair Park, Dallas

    The State Fair of Texas is home to the most widely attended auto show in the United States. The show runs the 24 days of the Fair – September 29 to October 22, 2017, and features 9 acres of brand new automobiles, and millions of visitors.

    The press day for the Auto Show is Thursday, September 28, 2017.

    • Sunday, October 15, 2017
    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • Longhorn River Ranch

    The 2017 Texas Truck Rodeo builds on the success of the  new home established in 2016: the Longhorn River Ranch located in a picturesque Texas Hill Country setting west of Austin, near Dripping Springs. With spectacular elevation changes and, with around 1,632 acres, is roughly 50% larger than our previous venue, giving us the option for more varied and challenging off-road courses than ever before. On-road drive routes follow the winding river roads along Onion Creek and stints at highway speeds more closely represent drive cycles Texans experience everyday.

    This year there will again be NO EMBARGO for the awards announcement. We encourage live streaming, social media coverage as the announcements are made. News outlets who want to report the results are encouraged to attend and report from the awards ceremony.


    All registrants are empowered to make and manage their own hotel room reservations. Upon successful event registration, attendees will receive booking codes and instructions via confirmation e-mail. To reserve your hotel room for the Truck Rodeo, you will need to contact the Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel directly online.

    You will need a credit card to complete the reservation.

    Journalist Members

    TAWA will be paying for your hotel room on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights if needed. Your credit card will only be used for incidentals and can be changed at check-in, should you desire. You are subject to the terms, including cancellation policies, you agree to in the registration form.

    Journalists will be guaranteed a room in the event hotel room block upto the date which Manufacturer & Associate Member registration is opened. Following that date, should the room block not accommodate all reservations, Journalist Members will be accommodated at a nearby property. So, REGISTER EARLY and RESERVE YOUR ROOM IMMEDIATELY!

    Manufacturers and Associates

    Manufacturers and Associate Members are responsible for your own hotel charges and reservations using the Group Code provided in your e-mail confirmations.





    The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) as the 2017 Title Sponsor of Events. SMDI, now in their fourth-year of support of TAWA, will double their presence in Texas as the Title Sponsor of both The 2017 Texas Auto Roundup at The Circuit of The Americas™ and the 2017 Texas Truck Rodeo. We are thankful for SMDI’s continued support and increased commitment to our organization and look forward to welcoming them to our 2017 Texas Auto Roundup.


    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205



    Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) and the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show.


    The ceremonial presentation of TAWA's annual Texas Truck Rodeo trophy winners during the 2017 Dealer Preview Gala.


    Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @6:30 p.m.


    San Antonio Auto & Truck Show at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

    900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205


    To inform the media, automotive manufacturers and the new car dealer members of the San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association of this presentation event. The San Antonio Auto & Truck Show is gearing up for its 49th annual event, and this year, the show will host the Texas Auto Writers Association Texas Truck Rodeo trophy presentations, including the coveted “Truck of Texas” award, for the second time. The trophy presentations will be held at the show’s Dealer Preview Gala, on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017. All TAWA board members will be present and will also attend the SAAS Media Morning on Thursday, November 9th, a special sneak peek for members of the media prior to the show floor opening.

    For more information about the show, visit www.saautoshow.com.

    The San Antonio Auto & Truck Show Dates:

    Dealer Preview Night

    Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.

    Media Morning

    Thursday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


    TAWA, Fabian Campos(214) 674-8987

    SAAS, Tanya Sammis (512) 431-8940

past events

Saturday, May 06, 2017 2017 TEXAS AUTO ROUNDUP
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 2017 HOUSTON AUTO SHOW MEDIA DAY
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2017 DALLAS AUTO SHOW MEDIA DAY
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo Trophy Presentation at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show
Sunday, October 09, 2016 2016 TEXAS TRUCK RODEO
Thursday, September 29, 2016 STATE FAIR OF TEXAS AUTO SHOW MEDIA DAY
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 2016 Excellence In Craft Competition
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 Pre-Event Recce: The New Texas Truck Rodeo
Sunday, May 01, 2016 2016 TEXAS AUTO ROUNDUP
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2016 Dallas Auto Show Media Day
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 2016 Houston Auto Show Media Day
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo
Thursday, September 24, 2015 The Texas State Fair Auto Show Media Day
Monday, June 01, 2015 2015 Excellence In Craft Competition
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2015 DFW Auto Show Media Day
Sunday, March 08, 2015 2015 Texas Auto Roundup
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2015 Houston Auto Show Press Preview
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 2014 Texas Truck Rodeo
Thursday, September 25, 2014 The Texas State Fair Auto Show Media Day
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Excellence In Craft Competition
Sunday, April 27, 2014 2014 Texas Auto Roundup
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2014 DFW Auto Show Media Day
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2014 Houston Auto Show Press Preview
Friday, June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting

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With our two signature events, presence at the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio Auto Shows as well as the Texas State Fair Media Day, TAWA offers many opportunities for select partners to reach our Journalist, Manufacturer and Associate membership and their networks.


TAWA is always looking for journalist, associate and manufacturer members. Journalist members are required to meet professional journalistic standards, must be sponsored by two other active TAWA members and are approved by the Board of Directors.

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