Nocona, Texas is a small town of just over 3,000 people, and it’s situated about an hour north of Dallas. Should you have heard of it before? Not really, unless you love cowboy boots. Nocona was the long-time home of the Nocona Boot Company before it jumped ship for factories in El Paso, Texas and Cassville, Missouri. A few residents of Nocona are banding together though, because they want to make the town known for something different… classic cars.
Two Petes, one is Mr. Vicari of the Vicari Aution Company and the other is Mr. Horton of the Horton Collection, have joined forces to establish Nocona as the new Classic Car Capital of Texas. Horton recently renovated a handful of historic buildings downtown, which now play host to his collection of over 100 classic vehicles. It’s not just about claiming the town as a holding ground for Mr. Horton’s cars though, because the two Petes plan on creating an entire weekend devoted to the old rolling sheetmetal that we all love so much.
During April 19th and 20th, Nocona will serve as ground zero for a variety of classic car events. These will include a parade, pancake breakfast, vendor booths, various bits of entertainment, and, most importantly, a country cruise and classic car auction. It sounds like it’s going to be a miniature version of what goes on in Carlisle, PA. That started small too though, and is now a massive gathering of like minded petrol heads. Perhaps Nocona, Texas is next?
If you’re in the area in mid-April, we suggest you point your vehicle towards Nocona to take in the old-school action. We’re going to try and make it out there ourselves, and see if Nocona really could lay claim to the new Car Capital of Texas.