This past May marked the third consecutive year that the Ventura County Fairgrounds played host to the California Car & Cycle Show. Lowrider Magazine never needs much of an excuse to venture up the coastline, and this show has been more than enough reason to make the annual trip. This year, show producers El Concilio of Ventura County, tasked Ralph Durazo and Jess Gutierrez to produce and coordinate the event. While they certainly had their work cut out for them, the duo of Ralph and Jess did an amazing job securing sponsorship, entertainment, and most importantly, plenty of car club participation for this third annual show. After all, you can’t have a car show without car clubs!
With such full participation, the show canvassed every square inch of available space on the fairgrounds’ property, just like it did during the previous two years. There were over 600 pre-registrations for the indoor areas of the show alone, proving that the reputation for the show spoke for itself, in addition to the great promotion of Ralph, Jess, and El Concilio. The Saturday before the show was the move-in date for any and all cars and clubs that were to be housed indoors, and a couple hundred more participants showed up on the morning of the show to fill up the outside areas of the fairgrounds.
The indoor areas of the fairgrounds were packed from wall to wall with a number of clubs from the surrounding counties on hand to join in the festivities. One entire building was filled with the hard hitting lineup of Los Angeles’ Premier Car Club. A past cover car in our June 2010 Issue, Maclovio Garcia’s ‘75 Chevy Caprice was the perfect choice to lead the lineup, which also included Jose Barba’s pair of Chevy Impalas. Ventura County’s Connected Car Club lineup was topped off with a pair of 1957 Chevy Bel-Airs. Majestics, Nite Life, La Gente, and Oldies Car Club populated the other indoor areas, rounding out quite an arsenal of show-worthy machines. Bomb masters Pachuco Car Club once again took up a whole building as well, with a number of their members and rides coming from all over California, including the Bay Area.
The outdoor areas of the fairgrounds were filled with cars from a number of chapters from the Viejitos Car Club, New Crowd, Dukes, in addition to a fleet of solo riders from the region. Vendors selling food, drinks, and collectables were situated throughout the show, satisfying a hungry, thirsty, and curious crowd. Jeff and Johanna from City Locs eyewear were busy all day, selling eyewear to those not prepared for the sunny Ventura coastline. In addition, there were also a few vendors selling Lowrider-related clothing and auto accessories.
For the third year in a row, the show was a complete success for everyone involved. With three years under their belt, it is clear that there is no stopping El Concilio, and this show has reached “must attend” status for the many clubs that have been coming each year. This year, all of the proceeds will be going back into the surrounding communities to benefit the less fortunate. Helping those in need and furthering the positive image of the Lowrider culture are just two reasons that this show is a “win-win” for the community. We here at Lowrider Magazine applaud their efforts, and appreciate the hospitality shown to us year after year by Ralph Durazo and El Concilio. Like we’ve said in previous years, see you next year!