The 3rd Annual Derrick Ward Memorial Car Show
Derrick Ward has quite a history within the Northern California Lowrider scene. He was the founding president of Low Creations Car Club, San Francisco’s first Lowrider car club. The club’s motto was “no color line,” a philosophy that is still in practice by the club today. Derrick was also among the first wave of Lowriders in the ’70’s to take Lowriding to the next level in the Bay Area by using candy paint jobs, Zenith wire wheels, and chrome undercarriage work. On April 13th 2007, Mr. Derrick Ward lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.
On Sunday, April 18, 2010, Low Creations Car Club, along with Mid-Peninsula Muscle Car Club and Golden Gate Street Rods, hosted the 3rd Annual Derrick Ward Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show at Sierra Point Marina in Brisbane, CA, in his honor. All of the show’s proceeds went to Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Knowing that the event was for a good cause, the city of Brisbane donated the location for that day’s event. The small peninsula that extends outward into the San Francisco Bay worked as a great mood setter, as there was a moment of silence in honor of Derrick Ward’s memory. Soon after, his family and friends spoke over the loud speaker and shared their thoughts and memories of this Bay Area legend.
Derrick, who co-founded a car club that believed in having diversity, was also honored at this dedication show in that same manner as not only Lowriders were in attendance; hot rod enthusiasts, muscle car fans, and motorcycle riders came to pay tribute as well. Some of the clubs in attendance included Excandalow from the East Bay, who showed strong with nearly a dozen clean Impalas, and Chicano Legacy, Nuestro Estilow, Pachuco’s, Hells Angels, Low Vintage in addition to few more clubs and solo riders. The event was free to the public, but a donation booth was set up in case someone without a car entry wanted to donate money to Pancreatic Cancer Research.
With over 250 entries and a fundraising of over $9,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the event was a complete success. I would like to send a special thanks to Don Alonso of Low Creations for all the help as well.
The culture of Lowriding has lost yet another innovator and legendary figure. This past July, electronics master Terry Anderson passed away after battling pancreatic and liver cancer. Terry’s love for all things Lowrider created a legacy for him that will continue to live on.