For promoter “El Larry” Gonzales, finding the right venue to hold a lowrider car show is a daunting task. The place has to be perfect for cars, indoors and out, in addition to having an area that can be fenced off for the hydraulics contest and can be easily cleaned up after parts and oil spill all over the place. And then you have the weather to contend with.
In April ’06, L.G. Productions presented the eighth annual Que Onda Car Show and Concert at the Fresno County Fairgrounds in Fresno, California. This event once again featured some killer rides and some famous names in the entertainment music world. However, on the Saturday night before the big show, Mother Nature unleashed a torrent of rain that put Sunday’s event turnout in question. At one point, the L.G. staff thought about heading back to the hotel until show entrants parted the gates and rolled in with some trophy-winning custom vehicles on trailers. The party was on.
On super Sunday, the weather was damp, but that didn’t stop lowrider lovers from setting up and displaying the West Coast’s best rides. Everything from Corvettes, Euros and classics to, of course, many diverse lowriders cruised in to pack the Fairgrounds. Amazingly enough, by 11 a.m., more than 400 exhibitors filled up three Fairground buildings, including the outdoor spaces. This list included 20 hoppers and 40 sound-off entries, as well as three LRM champions: the DeAlba’s “Passion” VW Jetta, Jerry Marquez’ flip front end Chevy S-10 Blazer and Oldies Car Club member Gilbert Casares’ amazing and wallet-aching ’54 Chevy.
Through the day, 4,000 fans, friends and spectators strolled through the main gates admiring the sculptures on wheels while also being entertained by the black cowboy hat wearing Chingo Bling and famed rhymesters Rodney O and Joe Cooley and Latin hip-hop pioneer Jonny Z. This past year’s show was truly the best ever with top quality rides both inside and outside despite the wet weather.
El Larry would like to thank Tecate, Genteclothing.com, and all of the clubs and individuals who braved the rain to make this show the best ever in rides, heart and soul. The brotherhood was deep. Albert DeAlba was impressed. “I can’t even remember the last time that I’ve been to a show like this,” he said. “It takes me back to the old school days.” You better believe it, baby.