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Images From Previous TAWA Truck Rodeos

Each fall, dozens of TAWA automotive journalists and manufacturer representatives from throughout the nation meet for a two-day evaluation of the industry’s best trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles. (SUV)

The 2022 Texas Truck Rodeo will be held at the unique Eagles Canyon Racway.  The extended raceway property provides some unique photo and video opportunities again for this year's event. 

In previous years, the results from the Texas Truck Rodeo are widely covered in national publications such as Motor Trend, Yahoo News, Consumer Reports, and USA Today.  

Manufacturers covet the prestigious awards they earn at the Texas Truck Rodeo and often mention the honors in their press releases, promotional materials and campaigns across the globe.

To learn more about all the winners of past Texas Auto Writers Truck Rodeo click link to be transferred to the event winners page.



October 3, 4, Eagles Canyon Raceway, Decatur, TX



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Time for the Texas Auto Writers 2022 Texas Truck Rodeo

Details for the 2022 Truck Rodeo will be released later this summer.  In the past members arrived Sunday evening for the Texas Tailgate Party, which was hosted on Star Hill Ranch's "Main Street." There was food, conversation, and fun served from the tailgates of participating vehicles. 

Tentative Schedule: All times are listed in Central Time and all activities (including registration) at Star Hill Ranch

SUNDAY, October 2 (optional)

  • 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.:  Registration 
  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Texas Tailgate Party and registration 
MONDAY, October 3
  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast begins
  • 8:00 a.m. MANDATORY safety meeting (please be on time
  • 8:30 a.m. Driving begins
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch 
  • 1:00 p.m. Driving resumes
  • 5:00 p.m. Wave 1 ends

MONDAY, October 3

  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Dinner 
TUESDAY, October 4
  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast begins
  • 8:00 a.m. MANDATORY safety meeting (please be on time
  • 8:30 a.m. Driving begins
  • 12:30 p.m. Box lunches available 

Event summary: 

Each morning, we will provide a grab-and-go breakfast and a quick start to the day. We will be driving on the property and surrounding roads as we have a chance to compare some of the finest trucks and SUVs on the market in a back-to-back manner. Some OEM reps will be on hand to answer questions along the way, providing even more value to our journalist members attending. For OEMs who cannot be at the Rodeo in person, they may offer virtual walkarounds or more information online. 

TAWA will offer flip books to help journalists complete their ballots, which is a very important part of the event. Not only do we have the chance to determine the new Truck of Texas, but it is a chance to provide candid feedback to the OEMs. All ballots will be due the first Friday after the event.  

Driving on Monday will break at noon for 30 minutes, when there will be a boxed lunch to allow members more flexible time to spend developing content. After lunch, there will be vehicles available for additional content development until 5 p.m.

We encourage social media coverage during the event! Please use #TxAutoWriters on all posts in order for TAWA to track our results. 


Sunday, Oct. 2,  2022

  • Registration
  • Texas Tailgate Party 

Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 

  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Driver's Meeting
  • Driving Day 1
  • Dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Driver's meeting



To Be Announced

Choose from one of three options on our list

Event Location

Eagles Canyon Raceway





Benefit of Sponsorship With  the Texas Auto Writers Association

Our sponsors find the one-on-one time with journalists and OEMs during the two annual TAWA events extremely worthwhile, and the benefits of sponsorship continue beyond each event. Participation creates valuable opportunities that far surpass similar events and creates marketing and public relations opportunities that are truly beneficial.

TAWA is interested in creating long-lasting relationships with our sponsors and so will provide customization and activation strategies specific to our sponsor’s objectives. The benefits are created with each individual sponsor in mind, therefore every sponsorship package is unique to the sponsor

To learn more and explore the possibilities of partnering with the Texas Auto Writers, visit our SPONSORSHIP PAGE or please go here and someone will follow up with you.

Thank You,

Texas Auto Writers Board Members


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