The Lowrider show circuit is a great place to catch a glimpse of the latest in build styles and technology, as well as to meet people who feel the same passion you do when it comes to driving around low. The shows can also be a great chance to explore new places, as was the case with my excursion this past year on August 28th, 2011, when I visited Dallas, TX for the Torres Empire Family Affair Tour. This Lowrider Magazine-sanctioned car show took place at the Dallas Market Hall and it had big shoes to fill; considering the fact that it followed the spectacular show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, just one month prior. This would be my first show in the state of Texas and with over 800 car entrees and over 10,000 spectators in attendance, the show not only lived up to the benchmark set in Los Angeles, it certainly didn’t disappoint my expectations, either! With the sweltering summer weather well over 100 degrees, one could breakout in sweat just by standing outside; luckily most of the show took place inside the venue with the air-conditioner on full blast.
Considering that Texas is Sam Torres’ home turf, he didn’t want to disappoint the fans and in turn, pulled out all the stops to make this show an incredibly successful one. He even went so far as to fly out West Coast Rap legends Ice Cube and W.C., who performed a bevy of hits and classic records, much to the delight of the Texas faithful.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, so of course, some of the culture’s biggest and baddest low-lows were on hand and on jack stands seeking bragging rights. Among them were heavy hitters such as Johnny Salters’ ’58 Impala Convertible from Monetta, South Carolina named “8 Cents.” Johnny’s ’58 was a crowd favorite and you’ll remember this beauty as it was our cover feature for Lowrider Magazine’s November 2011 issue. Mike G. of Traffic Car Club debuted his 1961 Impala, named “King ’61.” Also debuting for the first time at this show was Angel Ibarra’s 1960 Impala. Angel, a devout Stylistics C.C. member, hauled his newly transformed Impala, “Sky’s the Limit,” all the way from Southern California.
The Lone Star State was blessed with several clubs in attendance to show their support, including Majestics, Rollerz Only, Dallas Lowriders, Mystic, Fortworth, USO, Royal Classics, D-Town Bombs, Intokablez, Latin Cartel, Insanity, Estilo, City Style, Goodtimes, Illegal Toys, Del Valle, Texas Ranflas, Oakcliff, Strictly Business, Brown Impressions, Low 4 Life, Maravilla, Phaylanx, Infiniti, Royal Image, Unicos, Latin Kustoms, Latin Fantasys, Pharaohs, Jokerz, Presidentz, Our Style, Los Bajitos and Boulevard Aces.
In closing, this was just one amazing show, and I am very happy and blessed to have gotten the chance to attend it. I would like to thank Sam Torres, Tim “The Peoples Choice” and the rest of the Torres Empire crew, Jay Villa of Street Scene Magazine, and everyone else for the great hospitality I received in Texas! I hope to return next year, and I encourage all of you to do the same.