The word is out! The first show of the 2003 Lowrider Magazine Legends Tour was a resounding success. Miami, Florida, is a tough town since the gente are so knowledgeable about the sport of lowriding and passionate about their vehicles. When the Miami crowd is pleased, you know that you have measured up to a tough standard. Reports after the event show this one to be the biggest in recent memory and full of non-stop action.

Prior to the show, the excitment had been high for several weeks. This is the kickoff event for the 2003 autmotive season and local body shops and hydro shops were pulling double shifts to keep up with the demand. The Saturday roll-in saw a huge crowd of people, along with an especially large number of vehicles, with many in line from the day before. The Youth Expo Center in Miami is the perfect location with its sprawling complex of air-conditioned buildings and carefully manicured outside display spaces.The combination creates an ideal setting for the annual Lowrider extravaganza and it was obvious that everyone was excited to be there. Many new cars debuted at the event, to the delight of the crowd. And with three spacious buildings full of highly polished, innovatively customized vehicles, the spectators knew that they were in for a day long treat.

Name acts like Lisa Lisa and Miami’s traditional favorite, DJ Laz, pounded out their own brand of high-volume entertainment followed by the sexy Bikini and Hard Body competition. While that marked the end of the show for the spectators, the excitment was just beginning for the competitors, with a truckload of trophiesgoing home with smiling new owners. Dozens of car clubs were on hand with Rollin’ C.C. winning Club Participation for the most membersand Bottom Out C.C. taking the Best Club Display.

Over in Fontana, California, specifically the California Speedway, there was a heck of a turnout with mopre than 500 entries; about half of them Euros. They came from the four points of the compass to show off what they they’d been working on over the winter months. Car clubs on hand included Priority, Connected, Fatalism and Team Trigon. Add to the mix a great show put on by the rock group War, and some comedic quips by KJ of Cali Swangin’ and the infamous Bikini contest and you have more than just the spectacular weather to talk about! And these two shows were just the beginning! Well see you guys on the road, peace!