Each fall, more than 60 TAWA automotive journalists and 100-plus manufacturer representatives from throughout the nation meet for a two-day evaluation of the industry’s best trucks, SUVs and CUVs. The 2016 Truck Rodeo will be held at a new venue: the Longhorn River Ranch west of Austin, near Dripping Springs.
Results from the Texas Truck Rodeo are widely covered in national publications such as Motor Trend, Consumer Reports and USA Today.
Manufacturers covet the prestigious awards they earn at the Texas Truck Rodeo and often mention the honors in their promotional material across the globe.
The Texas Auto Writers Association, Inc, is very proud to announce our continued association with the Steel Market Development Institute as the title sponsor for the 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo!
For more on the Steel Market Development Institute, visit http://www.smdisteel.org/
JOURNALIST REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Register by August 31st to guarantee a hotel room in the host hotel. Manufacturer registration will open September 1st, releasing the room block to the first-come-first-served.
Long Horn River Ranch
Dripping Springs, TexasThe Texas Truck Rodeo has a new home for 2016: the Longhorn River Ranch, which is located in a picturesque Texas Hill Country setting west of Austin, near Dripping Springs.
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.
routes follow the winding river roads along Onion Creek and stints at highway speeds more closely represent drive cycles Texans experience every day.
Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel
Bee Cave, TX
Perfectly situated at the Hill Country Galleria west of Downtown Austin and just south of Lake Travis, the all-new Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is just 20 minutes away from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The newest property of the Sonesta Collection with it’s contemporary chic, laid-back charm and tasteful design reflective of the natural beauty and textures of its Hill Country surroundings.
The property features 195 modern guest rooms, spanning five floor, filled with amenities for you to relax and rejuvenate after long days at the ranch. Enjoy the fitness center, 24-hour business center and rooftop bar - Meridian 98 actually visited nightly by locals!
October 9-11, 2016
The schedule now mirrors the Texas Auto Roundup springtime event where our members arrive on a Sunday and drive on Monday and Tuesday. Like always, following the two days of driving will be an awards ceremony at the end of the second day of driving.
Also new this year, there will be NO EMBARGO for the awards announcement. We encourage social media coverage such as live tweeting and Periscoping as soon as the announcements are made. News outlets that want to report the results are encouraged to attend and report from the awards ceremony.
Sunday, Oct. 9
Monday, Oct. 10
Driving Day 1
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Driving Day 2
Dinner / Awards Presentation