The One And Only Las Vegas Super Show

The 2014 Las Vegas Super Show was an event to remember both for those who had quite a surprise on the show’s outcome, and for others who correctly predicted the best of show titles earned that weekend. Another noticeable change was the redesigned floorplan with handpicked entries from throughout the Southwest partaking in this year’s grand finale of the final 400. But for all who attended, they were part of the longest running LOWRIDER tour ever produced.

Since 1979, LOWRIDER Magazine has showcased the Worlds Best of Show winners. The Las Vegas Super Show is a melting pot of lowrider culture from all over the world. We were honored in meeting and greeting car club members and LOWRIDER fans from Brazil, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and other countries who traveled across the globe to see our raza in action. Our shows aren’t perfect, but they are a product of our own environment and we should value and embrace what we have built as an industry.

I believe this because I was around when we had no Super Show, no tributes, no recognition, and like Rodney Dangerfield, no respect. Our past and present titleholders earned their respect by working 110 percent in forging art, engineering, imagination, and most importantly, true sportsmanship onto metal, chrome, and chassis. The entrants transformed their rides from body by Fisher to body and design by Ruelas, Valadez, Tovar, De Alba, Torrez, Roark, and the list goes on like an MVP honor roll. This year’s titleholders are in great company.

The Super Show featured Mariachis greeting the lowrider fans as they walked onto the Super Show grounds. The hop exposition got things going with front bumpers hitting the sky and clearing triple-digit inches. Andy Herrera (Big Latin) managed a second stage entertainment lineup throughout the day featuring Chicano rapper and actor Troublesome and L.A.D. singing their hit Ridin’ Low. The main stage entertainment lineup blended the new with the old school. Chicano rapper Mr. Capone-E kicked things off, and Baby Bash made a return appearance with his hip hop hits. Ray Carrion’s Latin all-stars featured Chicano Legends like Rudy Salas, Bobby Loya, and John Burrola of Tierra, Jimmy Espinosa of the Thee Midniters, and Hank Castro formally of Malo and Thee Midniters. Tony Hernandez was on keyboards, Paris Escovedo of Azteca on percussions, harmonica player Tex Nakamura formally of War played, and Bobby Navarette and George Luna joined Pat Vegas, an original member of Redbone. Old School Thump Records, OG LOWRIDER Magazine artist Rocky Padilla, and band leader Ray Carrion, formally of El Chicano, brought back all their hits back through memory lane.

The LOWRIDER Magazine Vegas Super Show was a good mix of new and old featuring some of the finest originals, classics, and customs displayed within clubs and independents showcasing the best they had to offer. Vendor row was full to capacity with a variety of special and custom wares, novelties, and specialized automotive parts. LOWRIDER Magazine sincerely appreciates the support and contributions their sponsors and advertisers provide. They wish to thank Hoppos, Logos Two, DGA, Lucas Oil, Krazy Kutting, Old School City, and Vegas Party Nights! These contributors add real value to these shows and they are part of our LOWRIDER extended family!

The Class of 2014 Titleholders was announced at the end of the awards presentation. Best of Show Trike winners were Third Place David Cervantes from Goodtimes CC, Second Place John Twitty from Rollerz Only CC, and First Place Auerim Sandavol from One Bad Creation CC. Best of Show Bike winners were Third Place Rubio Austin from Onda BC, Second Place Daniel Cornejo of Legions BC, and First Place went to Mike Linville of Nobility BC.

The Best of Show (1969 and below) Original winners were Third Place to Ron Kuan’s 1957 Bel Air from Traditionals CC, Second Place, Porfe Maldonado’s 1937 Coupe from Oldies CC, and First Place honors going to Jesse Lopez for his 1959 Impala from Traditionals CC. Best of Show Truck Class winners were Third Place Chema Juarez’s 2003 Navigator from Nokturnal CC, in Second Place, Pure Insanity made a very popular return visit with Fabian Villarreal’s 1983 S-10 from Rollerz Only CC, and First Place marking his third championship, Hector Esquivel’s 1998 Tahoe from Nokturnal CC.

Best of Show Bombs Third place went to Bernardo Casian’s 1950 Chevy from Uniques CC, Second Place to Ricardo Alvarado’s 1936 Buick from Oldies CC, and First Place and three-time world champion Gene Bare’s 1954 Chevy from Rollerz Only CC. The Traditional Class winners were all top shelf. In fact, all 60 classes were so stacked, many beautiful rides normally doing great only walked away with a plethora of compliments that weekend. Edging out the stacked deck was Third Place Ken Jacquez’s 1964 Chevy Impala from Prestigious CC, Second Place Andres Espana’s 1963 Chevy Impala from Elite CC, and Best of Show Traditional First Place was awarded to Abel Zavala’s 1964 Chevy Impala from Imperials CC.

Best Car Club Display was awarded to the Bow Tie Capital of L.A. Southside Car Club with their impressive lineup of ’50s-era Bel Airs and ’50s- and ’60s-era Impalas. Club participation was awarded to the Majestics who showed up in full force inside and out. Where there was plenty of discussion was the obvious Lowrider Car of the Year. Though I saw six potential choices, the final three awarded were Third Place Ricardo Baran]s 1961 Chevy Impala, Second Place Chris Roark’s 1958 Chevy Impala from Traditionals CC, and First Place honors going to Bobby Garza’s 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass from Goodtimes CC.

Overall, the showcase that covered the main floor was all Super Show worthy. As the motorsport continues to move forward, so do all the factors that go with the culture. LOWRIDER Magazine would like to most importantly thank you our attendees, the sponsors, and the Lowrider event staff for this year’s Las Vegas Super Show and look forward to next year’s event.