Lowrider Magazine returned to the Land of Enchantment this past April 14th, thanks to the efforts of a most gracious host, The Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The beautiful Hilton Resort, nestled in the culturally enriched mountains of Santa Fe, was a fitting setting to once again receive the warmth of New Mexico hospitality. Eppie Martinez, of Cultura Promotions, went all out to ensure that everyone felt welcomed at this event. Lowrider enthusiasts from all parts of the southwest got a glimpse of the many reasons why New Mexico Lowriders love their native Land of Enchantment. The food, the culture, and the cars all made for a great weekend of celebration in Aztlan’s heartland.
The Buffalo Thunder Resort was put to the test in hosting a plethora of entries, attendees, and supporters who came by the thousands to witness this 2013 Tour Stop. Over 500 entries filled the Convention Center and outdoor area, which housed top customs and classics from near and far. Taking center stage were The Imperials, Taste of Latin, Klique, Prestigious, Goodtimes, USO, Oldies, Dukes, Old Memories, Uniques, New Mexico, Familial, Low Classics, Viejitos, Otra Vez, Low Habits, Miz Fits, Rollin Royal, Swift, Nokturnal, Latino Riders, Nara Vila, Juntos Por Vida, Natural High, Suenor Unidos, Xpliziz, and other numerous clubs including hundreds of Independents. Most Members honors went to Rollerz Only, as the club had 60 entries from various chapters! Best of Show car winners included Fred Rael, with his ’67 Impala, taking 1st place, Alma Gomez and her ’73 Impala taking 2nd, and Rudy Trevino’s 1959 Impala taking 3rd Place honors. Best Truck 3rd place went to Ken Montoya’s Chevy Dually, 2d place went to Bobby Enz and his 1950 from Uniques of California, and 1st place honors were given to Juan Esquedo’s Navigator. The Best Bombs of the show were Intruders of Phoenix member Robert Gonzales with his ’48 Fleetmaster taking 3rd place, Bernard of Uniques taking 2nd place, and 1st Place honors went to Candido Mendoza of Taste of Latin with his radical ’53 Chevy. The Traditionals were impressive with 3rd place going to Thomas Vasquez of the LA Imperials, Orlando Cobos, also from Imperials taking 2nd, and 1st place honors going to Abel Zavala; making it an Imperial trifecta! Original class winners were 3rd place, Ray and Virgie Sandoval, with their beautiful ’61 Impala, Isaac’s ’61 Impala taking 2nd place, and 1st place honors going to Martin Maldonado and his restored 1936 Chevrolet from Oldies C.C. Best Trike of show honors went to David Cervantes of Goodtimes and Austin Rubio of Onda C.C., who earned Best Bike honors. Dino McCall took away best Motorcycle of Show with his Chopper and the new Motorsport Showcase Peddle Car/Special Interest Best of Show winner was Sharlene Duarte. This year’s return to New Mexico also created a new tradition; The George Jaramillo Memorial Tribute Award which was presented to the New Mexico Outstanding participant. This year’s honors went to Fred Rael of Prestigious car club.
Presenting Sponsor, Budweiser, and Premier Distributing did a fantastic job in supporting the Lowrider Community, and their efforts did not go unnoticed! Cultura Promotions and Motorsport Showcase who orchestrated a super car show, concert, and carhop produced the show. This old-school Super Show was a family-friendly event for all ages with a full day of entertainment and fun with a motorsports flare! Live on the Main Stage, New Mexico’s own Smurf kicked off the entertainment. Zig Zag, formally of NB Rydaz, rapped to his rollas, and from California, Brown Boy made his Santa Fe Debut with his hit “Superman!” Rocky Padilla took the stage and took everyone back with his Lowrider hits! For a finale, we were all treated to a trip down memory lane thanks to the performances of The Latin All Stars featuring Richard Bean, the original singer/writer of “Suavecito,” Steve Salas, lead singer of Tierra, Greg Esparza of Thee Midnighters, Ray Carrion, formally of Azteca and El Chicano, and many others, producing a super mix of our favorite Latin Hits from throughout the years!
We wish to thank our Presenting Sponsor Budweiser and Premier Distributing, as well as The Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino for hosting this year’s return to New Mexico! Brooke Garcia, Phil Gonzales, and Rick Dumiak worked very hard to make the show a reality and their efforts were a crucial part of the event’s success. We would also like to thank our contributing Sponsors Old School City, Extreme Twist Collision, Reds Old School Hydraulics, and Radio host KISS FM 97.3 who all did their fair share in ensuring the outstanding success of the Buffalo Thunder Super Show! Motorsport Showcase and Cultura Promotions teaming up proved that Lowriding in New Mexico is alive and well and even stronger than ever!