The Las Vegas Supershow brings folks out every year for a variety of reasons, and for many, the hop is a huge draw. The action and competition found within the hydraulic hop exhibition at the Las Vegas Super Show have made it a fan favorite, as the culture’s best hoppers duke it out for bragging rights. This year, just like so many past years, the bleachers were filled to capacity as the spectators came out to see who could top the field in the invitational hydraulic exhibition.
With almost twenty strong exhibition hoppers on hand, the hour-long exhibition captivated the crowd. The single pump class started the event, which quickly became the battle of the G-bodies. The crowd favorite was Shayne Attertan, with his ’86 Cutlass. The next group to battle was the radical single pump class, which was also decided by the crowd not the measuring stick. The results from that class left Chris Jimenez’ crowned king, with his ’01 Lincoln Towne Car winning over the heart of the spectators.
The show hoppers took the competition to another level as a clean, ’63 Impala convertible, owned by Max Morena went up against Gary Smith, and his ’61 Impala convertible. When it was all said and done, Gary Smith won the hop off, as his convertible kept reaching for the sky.
All told, the hop exhibition had a couple of great moments, but one that could not be forgotten was Shorty’s Hydraulics’ truck hopper, which stood straight up and never got stuck as it came down. The ’96 Ford Ranger, a “Texas Ranger” named “La Ley 2,” kept the Lone Star State on the map as it cleared the 155–inch hop measuring stick. Once team Shorty pulled off that never-before- attempted hop, it was over, as they became the kings of this year’s hop thanks to the near-perfect performance of the Ranger.
To see the video highlights of the Ranger as well as our 2013 hop feel free to browse our website. Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you at one of our future show stops next year. Until then, keep your hands on them switches!