Brothers Jason and Mike Baxter grew up with an intense love for muscle cars, leading them to accumulate a few over the years. But enjoying these cars wasn't enough. They wanted to share the romance of motoring down open highways inside V8-powered rolling Detroit iron with others. And most importantly, they wanted to make that experience affordable. From out of these simple guidelines, they started American Muscle Car Rentals.
Sporting a fleet of muscle cars that combine modern amenities with bygone-era flair, Jason and Mike outfit drivers with rides such as Dodge Challengers, Shelby Cobras, and Chevy Camaros. The cars contain up to 580 horsepower and enough clout to upgrade Pluto’s status back to planet. A convenient person-and-vehicle dropoff removes legwork and unites man and machine at predetermined locations.
Led by cofounders Dave Appel and Trey Steele, Cycle Camp USA's dedicated community helps riders navigate Austin's paved trails and push one another to extend personal limits and cover new ground. While working with students, Steele shares techniques that placed him among the top five in his age group at the North Carolina Triathlon Series. Avid racer and enthusiastic instructor Allison Atkinson also works with cyclists through CycleFit classes. The comprehensive training curriculum developed by Appel and his staff integrates a balance of core fitness pillars, such as heart rate, endurance, and maintaining speed when being pursued by coyotes on rocket skates. The community also encourages cyclists to test newfound abilities on destination trips, which pit packs of riders against picturesque ribbons of open road.
Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.
Antique Limousines of Austin commands a formidable fleet of lovingly restored rides. Its classic Cadillac chariots seat up to six and feature butterfly doors, wood trim, and air conditioning. Retrophiles ride like jazz kings in the sleek black 1937 Cadillac Series 75 limousine, whose divider window ensures plans to surprise the driver with a dozen sliders remain on the down low.
It’s got 152 horsepower, a top speed north of 150 miles per hour, and at its release was named Best Sport-Tourer by Cycle World. It’s the BMW K1200GT, and it’s just one model in Hill Country Motorcycle Rentals’ fleet. The company’s comprehensive lineup also includes bikes from makes such as Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Honda, in designs ranging from sport to touring. Hill Country Motorcycle Rentals rents these by the day for self-guided tours around the Hill Country area, even offering suggested routes as riders cruise toward the 300-mile-per-day limit. The knowledgeable staff also leads in-depth guided tours through Queretaro, Mexico, during which riders can explore the quaint historical town with unlimited mileage. Hill Country Motorcycle also rents out Buddy, Honda, and Suzuki scooters, who fantasize about the day they will finally have tires big enough to pop a wheelie.
Bavarian Luxury Rentals, the country’s first all-BMW rental company, ensconces travelers and auto enthusiasts alike behind the well-engineered wheel of brand-new German luxury cars. Co-founded by BMW auto mechanic Brian McKinney and Corey Evers—the customer-service-savvy founder of Central Texas Valet—the local enterprise fills roads with its standing fleet of BMWs that includes a 5-series, a 3-series, and a 1-series. On breaks from the open road, renters’ BMWs entitle them to sumptuous amenities at businesses throughout the city, and 24-hour roadside assistance guards drivers against difficulties such as flat tires and toll booths manned by bridge trolls.