For decades, Fresno Fairgrounds served as the host of some of the most anticipated shows in Central Cal. At one point, there were up to three huge car shows a year that took place at this location, but unfortunately, for unknown reasons there has not been a show at the Fresno Fairgrounds for years. Thankfully, this year’s Fresno Super Show changed that. It marked the first car show at the location in years and served as the last sanctioned show for all sweepstakes competitors to qualify for the Lowrider Magazine Las Vegas Super Show.
Maricella Rodriguez realized the need of having a sanctioned car show in Fresno. “I wanted to find a venue where it would be accessible for cars to come from Northern California and Southern California,” she explains. The show was originally set to take place on a Sunday but since it was scheduled for August, the City of Fresno suggested that they do a late afternoon and night show on Saturday to avoid that summer valley heat that often exceeds 100 degrees. Other than avoiding the heat, having the show on a Saturday night also gave the car owners a chance to enjoy the show and not have to worry about tearing down their display until the next morning. The late summer heat didn’t stop anyone from coming to the show, as over 850 cars showed up, and over 6,000 spectators passed through the gates. The spectators were able to enjoy the hop contest and a concert that included live performances by Debbie Deb and The Dazz Band, among others.
Oldies car club showed up with the strongest showing with 45 cars, and the Carnales Unidos also repped hard with almost thirty. Dre’s ’58 Impala, “The Blue Print II” was on display for the first time ever, and this Vegas car was a crowd favorite. There were also cars on hand from Utah, Phoenix, Portland, and Mexico who made the trip to CentralCal to represent. Some of the event sponsors included Warner Bros. and Cracker Jack D.
“I’d like to thank the great Fresno lowrider community that welcomed us and supported everything, and I’d like to send a special thanks to the event staff, because it couldn’t have been done without them,” says Maricella. Next year’s 2014 show on August the 2nd is set to be bigger and better of course, so mark your calendars, and make sure for a good time.