Happily married and residing in San Bernardino, California, Louie and Cynthia began hosting community car shows back in 2003. Their local events were small but successful as they were able to network and build a following of custom car enthusiasts, most of which were among the lowrider crowd. To make things more official, the couple created their own company and named it Happy Times Events. Shortly after, the couple decided to move away from the big city to Laughlin, Nevada, knowing that they wanted to stay in touch with all the people they had come to know and were looking forward to seeing their events continue.
Laughlin is a unique city that hosts a proud population, while also being a popular gambling and water recreation destination for tourists of all ages. Mostly known for the strip of large hotels and casinos that sit along the Colorado River, the city attracts visitors from all over who are looking for a mild Vegas-like experience with large bodies of water accessible to enjoy with their friends and family. Directly across the river sits Bullhead City, a rapidly growing town that is occupied by local residents as well as vacation homeowners who also spend their summers at the nearby Lake Mojave.
About seven years ago, Louie and Cynthia reached out to the management of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino to see if they were interested in partnering up to host a car show event. Fortunately for them, the Tropicana agreed to provide the venue for the event. Since then, the show has grown each year while attracting more locals and out-of-towners.
This past Cinco de Mayo, Happy Times Events and the Tropicana Hotel & Casino once again welcomed custom car enthusiasts from all over the Southwestern states of California, Nevada, and Arizona for their annual car show in Laughlin. Car clubs in attendance included Majestics, Groupe, Sueños Locos, and Rollerz Only. With the desert heat keeping things hot all day, spectators and participants headed to the casinos to enjoy the air conditioning as well as the refreshing hotel swimming pool directly after the show. The after party kicked off later that night with a live band and dancing.
Louie and Cynthia give thanks to all those who helped put the show together including their staff, judges, friends, and family. Amy M. Carrera, marketing coordinator at Tropicana Laughlin, stated, “We at the Tropicana Laughlin would like to extend our gratitude to all who came and celebrated Cinco de Mayo with us. Each year, this celebration grows larger and we love to host the car club culture with their vehicle history.” She went on to say, “We also extend a thank you to Happy Times Events.” Both Tropicana and Happy Times look forward to next year’s celebration, but in the meantime, they will be hosting a similar show called, “Viva Tropicana.” The event takes place on September 26-27 and they hope many can make the trip to come see the show!