Say hello to the new Classic Car Capital of Texas

Horton Classic Car Museum (2)

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.

Pete Horton Collection (2)

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?

Pete Horton and Pete Vicari (2)

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.

15 Comments

      1. Sheer Genius!! If they adopt that as the new town motto, make sure you get some consideration for your copyright. I would suggest a very large town key and free drinks for life.

  1. If you're old enough, you know that Nocona made very fine baseball gloves too, long after Rawlings and Spalding moved overseas.

  2. I love the jacked up Suzuki Sidekick/Geo Tracker in the first pic. Totally fits in with all the other classics….

  3. Fantastic news!!! I'm only about 40 minutes from there, all of it over nice twisty deserted country roads. I used to go to Nocona every day in my work….never had any idea this was going on. Great place for it…cool town.

  4. I got a freaking ticket from a Texas State Trooper in a Saab 9-3 in Nocona. The son of a bitch pulled me over, wrote me a speeding ticket, then started asking questions about the car.That was the only time I've ever been to (through) Nocona, and I've held a grudge against that shitty little town ever since.

    1. Don't hold a grudge against Nocona, blame the DPS… it's not the town's fault that the trooper happened to pull you over there. Now, just to the east is a town called Saint Jo, in which local cops DO run a speed trap on US82 almost 24/7. You've been warned.

  5. We take great pride in our town of Nocona, and just so ya know the speed trap has been there since the 60's, before I was driving, get a grip, you speed, you get got, you get a ticket, simple,you could be in Cleveland and the same thing happens if you go too fast in the fast lanes….you should chill out enjoy a fabulous room at the Veranda, enjoy a steak at Times Forgotten, Prime Cut Steakhouse, Fenoglio's Barbeque, Tres Ninos, Del Rios..and guess what…out of millions of dollars in beautiful cars in the museum…not one frickin SAAB in the bunch!!! And oh ya our DPS troupers in the area are awesome!!

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