Chris Roark’s ’58 Won Lowrider Of The Year.With 700 cars packing the show and over 20,000 spectators there is certainly no lack of enthusiasm for the sport of lowriding, no matter what economic situation the country is in. Car clubs, families, neighbors, and friends from around the world cruised the show checking out the new lowrider innovations, musical acts, bikini contest, and the vendors. We’d like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors–Lexani, the Air Force, and Wanted Wear–for their support.

The inside hall was full of some of lowriding’s best as well as some new additions to the show circuit. All the clubs, for the most part, had their crme de la crme inside the hall. On the new side was Los Angeles Car Club’s Jesus Ortega’s ’87 Monte Carlo, a new breakout vehicle. It features a tilt front end with plenty of murals and engraving, and it took Second Place in Best of Show on its first outing.

Stylistics Car Club showed five of their top cars–look for a feature on them soon. Lifestyle Car Club broke out a few new cars for the super show and formed an impressive display of lowriders hanging out on different boulevards, giving them Best Club Display for their efforts.

A number of old favorites were out on the show floor as well, like Rollerz Only’s “Rollin’ Malo,” Uce’s “Arguello Mexicano,” and Oldies “Darkside Dynasty,” which is owned by Chris Roark. And if having one car at the show wasn’t enough, Roark brought out his latest creation, “Perfect Score,” a ’58 Impala hardtop that has taken the game to the next level. With custom machined parts throughout, along with murals and engraving literally everywhere, it was certainly one of the must-see cars at the show. All his hard work paid off with numerous trophy and plaque awards, including the prestigious ’08 Lowrider of the Year award, which were collected and gathered around his display after the show was over.

Faustino Flores of Uce Car Club and his ’58 cover car “Three-Karat Diamond” did it again, taking First Place in the Traditional Lowrider Best of Show. Flores’ continuous fine-tuning of his car has netted him three titles, which, barring major changes, ends his reign as king of the heap. Does Flores have another secret weapon in the making? Only time and next year’s tour will tell.

On the Euro end of things, Steven Vogel and his green ’85 Nissan Stanza took First Place. There were clubs from all around the country showing in good numbers, but Majestics took the award for Car Club with the Most Members for 2008. A special thanks goes out to them for their continued support, along with all the other clubs and individuals who made their way to the shows this year. Rollerz Only once again snagged the Car Club with the Most Participation During the 2008 Tour, making this their fifth win.

The outdoor segment of the show was slammed with some of lowriding’s most enthusiastic lowriders. Vendor row was full of things to see and buy, like Lexani shoes and apparel as well as T-shirts from the Wanted merchandise booth. A visit to the Air Force booth could land you a career change with just a sign on the dotted line. Pro Hopper had a huge booth that showed and sold hydraulics and air ride wares. The other side of the super show spectrum featured the ever-popular hop, which was full of action. Turn the pages for more detailed coverage.

On stage were some of the finest acts this side of the Mississippi. LaLa opened it up and MC Magic along with Sophia Maria rolled through his hits. E-40 then stepped on stage and kept his slick tongue spitting repertoire like “Yay Area,” “They Might be Tapin’,” and “Sprinkle Me,” to name a few. He and his crew signed a skateboard deck from Lexani, which one lucky fan got to go home with. Last on deck was the always-energetic David Banner, proving he’s a man of the people. Opening up with “Cadillac on 22s,” Banner jumped out into the crowd to perform among his fans from bleacher to bleacher and then finally made his way back to the stage. The end of his show had fans waving their hands in the air and singing along.

There was only one thing left to mark the end of the stage part of the show, and that was the bikini contest. Out of the seven lovely butt-shaking ladies, only one could win the $500 cash prize. Darlene Garcia is the lucky girl who wowed the crowd with her purple bikini, smooth skin, and great personality.

With the end of the bikini contest so comes the end of another super show. The award portion saw battles of the year come to a head with winners and losers alike acknowledging that this year was another good one. Next year’s show will prove to be just as good as all the hype put together this year. We look forward to seeing you all there once again.

Super Show WinnersBest Car Of Show1st–Chris Roark’s ’58 Chevy Impala2nd–Jesus Ortega’s ’87 Monte Carlo3rd–Orlando Ceballos’ ‘80 Coupe De Ville

Best Traditional Lowrider1st–Faustino Flores’ ’58 Chevy Impala2nd–Chris Roark’s ’58 Chevy Impala3rd–Bobby Mack’s ‘57 Chevy Bel Air

Best Original ’69 And Below1st –Luis Lepercio’s ’35 Chevy2nd–Mitch Ramirez’s `65 Chevy Impala3rd–Salvador Mendez’s ’37 Cadillac

Best Truck1st–Armando Gonzales’ ’91 Chevy2nd–Alfred Carr’s ’46 Ford3rd–Mike Ochoa’s ’50 Chevy Panel

Best Bomb1st–Gene Bare’s ’51 Chevy2nd–Michael Tovar’s ’37 Chevy3rd–Cesar Rodriguez’s ’48 Fleetline

Best Custom Compact1st–Steve Vogel’s ’85 Nissan Stanza2nd–Gilbert Rios’ ’88 Nissan Sentra3rd–Bobby Gosal’s ’97 Acura

Best Bike1st–Sebastian Paz2nd–Mike Linville3rd–Danny Morales

Best Trike1st–Noah Gomez2nd–Jose Duran3rd–Xavier Rojas

Lowrider Excellence AwardChris Roark’s ’58 Chevy Impala hardtop