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Austin Rock and Roll Car Museum

By: motoraustin 10/8/2015 1:01:00 PM

Austin Texas finally gets a classic car museum! Sort of. more...

Local Hot Rod Shop Featured in Upcoming TV Series

By: motoraustin 9/1/2012 1:58:09 PM

Discovery Channel launches its hit new series 'Texas Car Wars', featuring Round Rock's very own Atomic Garage in a thrilling battle of auto customizations.  Tune in to support your neighbors and friends on September 6, at 9pm.   

Atomic Garage on Facebook

Central Texas Museum of Automotive History Auction

By: motoraustin 2/4/2012 11:28:25 AM

"After 32 years, Dick has realized his dream of a new museum facility in his hometown of San Marcos, Texas and is retiring the location in Rosanky.  Approximately 93 vehicles will be offered, 88 without reserve.  Mr. Burdick will be closing the Rosanky location of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History and moving his base of operations completely to the new facility, Dick's Classic Garage in San Marcos, Texas."[1]

Although Austin does not have a classic car museum, we don't have far to drive to enjoy Dick's Classic Garage in San Marcos, Texas.

It appears that the closing process has already begun as of January. If it was on your list of to-dos, like it was for me, it might be too late. However, you can check out a load of photos here:

Friday, February 17 through March 2, 2012. 10am – 5pm (Sundays 12 N – 5pm CST).

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10am PST

Central Texas Museum of Automotive History
2502 Highway 304
Smithville, Texas

See Also:
Dick's Classic Garage
San Marcos, Texas

Texas Automobile Museums


About Dick Burdick
When one begins to describe Dick Burdick of San Marcos, Texas many words come to mind. Successful businessman, avid classic car collector, museum curator, community leader are only a few of the accolades Burdick has earned during his over 50 years in business. He is the founder of Thermon Manufacturing Company, Inc.  a powerhouse in the heat tracing business which manufactures electric and steam heat tracing equipment for the petrochemical, oil and gas, engineering and power industries in the United States and internationally. Thermon Industries went Public in 2010 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. .

Aside from his established corporate career, Burdick’s passion for collecting classic cars has resulted in him owning one of the best car collections in the world. It is so extensive that he opened two museums over his years of collecting, the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History which opened in 1981 in Bastrop County near Rosanky, Texas and Dick’s Classic Garage in San Marcos, Texas which he opened in 2009. Burdick opened the non-profit  museums to give visitors a chance to experience the American dream and see excellent examples of European estate cars, town cars, limousines, sports cars and those American made classic cars which bring back memories from the bygone days of yesterday. The museum collections also includes a variety of early automotive tools, gas pumps, hood ornaments, oil company signs, license plates from around the world and equipment. Dick Burdick is also the Chairman of the Boy Scout’s International which has taken him around the world where he has met members of the Royal family and dignitaries from various countries. This continues to be one of his most proud achievements in addition to dedicating much of his time and resources to preserving American History through the display and refurbishing of antique and classic automobiles.

Jesse James Presents Austin Speed Shop and Off Road Racing Around The World

By: motoraustin 7/19/2011 7:14:58 PM

Jesse James and El Jefe Entertainment, LLC Announce “Jesse James Presents Austin Speed Shop and Off Road Racing Around The World” Home Video Series

American Outlaw Jesse James Brings Direct and Core Motor-Sport Entertainment Content to the Worldwide Market with the “Jesse James Presents” Video Series

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- 
El Jefe Entertainment, LLC announced today that the first two installments of the highly anticipated “Jesse James Presents” home video series are available now at and various retailers worldwide. Master fabricator Jesse James has developed and produced a series of videos which allow him to share his skills in the form of How-To videos beginning with “Jesse James Presents Austin Speed Shop” and a personal look into the out of control world of Trophy Truck Racing he lives for in “Jesse James Presents Off Road Racing Around The World.”

“El Jefe Entertainment provides a blank canvas to bring the fans and enthusiasts what I live for everyday, building and racing,” said Jesse James, CEO of Payupsucker Productions. “These videos allow me the opportunity to express who I am through my passion to craft with my hands, inspire others to create their own projects and also give fans a shot-gun view of some crazy Off Road Racing around the globe.”

In the first volume of his long awaited How-To Series “Jesse James Presents Austin Speed Shop,” Jesse James takes you on a personal journey through the custom fabrication process of his new 32 Ford Roadster from the new shop he calls his home.

“Jesse James Presents Off Road Racing Around The World” - A high energy, earth shattering look into Jesse’s favorite hobby Trophy Truck Racing. Jesse and his crew take you on an intense journey from the dangerous deserts of the Baja 1000 to the world famous Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

The “Jesse James Presents” series of movies released to market from the El Jefe Entertainment venture are available today at,,,,, and numerous other retailers globally.

About El Jefe Entertainment, LLC

Established in 2011 by Jesse James’ Payupsucker Productions partnered with motor-sport based home entertainment company Circle King Networks, Inc. (CKN), El Jefe Entertainment, LLC brings James’ interests, passions and skills to audiences worldwide. (

Murpho's is Hiring

By: motoraustin 7/8/2011 8:34:23 PM

We have at least two openings available - 1 builder and 1 asst./ apprentice.

Builder must be able to weld all materials and must be familiar with and able to troubleshoot problems and develop solutions encountered with hot rods and vintage cars (disassembling, wiring, brake systems, fabrication, mechanics, etc.). We are looking for someone that is a self-starter that doesn’t need hand holding but can take direction without attitude. Anyone that is brought into the shop needs to have people skills and a personally that fits. Certifications a plus, previous experience in chopping is plus

Assistant / Apprentice needs to have an amazing work ethic and ability to learn fast and take direction. This person MUST have a passion for hot rods and restorations.

          Email all resumes and project pics to