The Lowrider Magazine big rig rolled into Northern California. Having just rolled nearly a thousand miles from the Lowrider Experience show that O.D.B. Entertainment hosted in Pueblo, Colorado the weekend before, the eighteen-wheeler had no time to rest. In fact, just seeing the Lowrider Magazine big rig in NoCal added to the excitement that had already been built-up as the date to my favorite show in NorCal, the Lolystics Car Show got closer. This show can now be considered as the preview to the Lowrider Magazine Las Vegas Super Show, as all the sweepstakes winners in Vegas qualified at this show. From Car of the Year to Truck, Traditional, Original and Bomb of the Year, all of the big boys were in the building.
Finally the day of the show had arrived and the staff was still working hard parking cars until the last possible moment before the gates opened to the public. Upon entrance, the spectators were treated to over 700 cars that filled up four buildings with rows and rows of candy and chromed rides also spilling outside. The first thing that caught the eye of the spectators was Traffic Car Club’s Legalized Sixty-Five on full display. Other fan favorites flying the NorCal plaque of Traffic included Cherry 64 and Money Green.
Once the spectators made their way into the front entrance of the main building, they saw a pair of ’58 hardtops owned by Chris Roark. Even though this wasn’t the first time that Chris Roark showed Perfect Score and Darkside Dynasty together, it was the first time that he showed the pair of 58s with the Tradicionals Car Club plaque in the back window. Other rides that also broke in their Tradicionals plaque included Danny’s ’48 Fleetline, Jesus Villalobos ’62 rag, Vicente Leon’s ’59 convertible, and Halalo James’ Hawaiian Punch, which showed with a few new upgrades. They say that first impressions are lasting impressions, well Tradicionals Car Club made sure of that, as they came out strong in their first show as a club.
Another club that showed strong in the main building was New Style Car Club. Doug Vigil’s Heavy Hitter was one of the crowd favorites that featured a New Style plaque. With no sleep from driving all night, Imperials Car Club also made the long drive up from Los Angeles to display their breathtaking rides. The main building was packed with the big guns, such as Manuel Corbala’s Strictly Business, Jimmy Gustamante’s step side, El Uno from Rollerz Only Reno Chapter, Gilbert’s Oldies 51 that showed with skirts for the first time, Marcos Psychotic Pineapple, and Eric Wisterman’s Mint Condition. Delegations, Rollerz Only, Aztecas, Goodtimes, Classic Dreams and a few other clubs also had cars on display in the main building.
Not wanting to break from tradition, the members of Impalas Car Club took over a whole building to themselves as they have done here in the past few shows. Impalas members from every part of NoCal had their cars on full display inside the building. Sam Gonzalez’ hardtop ’59 was one of those rides to leave a lasting impression on the spectators. Sal Herrera’s ’62 and Ralph Garcia’s ’66 were among the Impalas members also showing strong at the event. As you walked outside the building, you could see row after row of Impalas, all flying the Impalas Car Club plaque.
USO car club had another strong showing, as they normally do at this show, but this time fellow club member Money Mike, as he is called by fellow USO members, showed up from Las Vegas with his OG black ’63 convertible fresh out of Bowtie Connection. Another OG busting out at the show was Benny Gallergo’s ’58, called Late Great 58.
Luxurious Car Club had an intense line up with over twenty cars on hand. One of the key cars in the Luxurious row was Dan Drofenik’s 1980 Lincoln Mark VI from British, Columbia, Canada. Dan made the 20 hour road trip to NorCal from Canada with his little boy. Hats off to you, Dan for doing something that very few would ever attempt to do. Keep an eye out for a full feature of Dan’s Lincoln Mark VI in an upcoming issue of Lowrider Magazine!
Even though the LoLystics Car Club was busy running the show, they also had their incredible line up of breathtaking rides parked in front of the Lowrider Magazine big rig.
Other clubs showing strong at the show included Untouchables, Blvd Kings, Parliament, Viejitos, Padrinos, Excandalow, Nokturnal, Sangre Latina, Family First, Devotions, Rebirth, Individuals, Goodfellas, Final Chapter, Boulevard Image, Carnales Unidos, Skanless, Oldies, Kool Impressions, Socios, Cali Life, Hightone, Low Conspiracy, Low Creations, Classic Image Bombs, Showtime, Mi Familia and a few other clubs and solo riders.
Nor-Cal Entertainment brought out a few of their pit bull dogs to the show. The massive, yet friendly pit bulls were a favorite for spectators to take pictures with.
As the day progressed the crowd made its way to the stage to see some of the performances. MC Magic, who is always a hit with the ladies at the show, took the mic and played some of his hits. Rodney O’ & Joe Cooley took it back old-school with some of their hits, like the timeless Everlasting Bass. The ladies went crazy when Baby Bash came on stage to perform before the skinnier Mike Jones took over. The day ended with the model search contest that was sponsored by Nor-Cal Entertainment. The San Diego resident and Lowrider Experience model Tanya Love kept her undefeated streak alive as she won over the crowd at the contest. Be on the lookout for more of the 20-year- old Tanya Love in future pages of Lowrider Magazine.
I want to give out a special thanks to LoLystics, O.D.B., and all the staff that never gets proper credit for throwing a show that has become NoCal’s premier car show.