The West Texas Showdown in Odessa, Texas, is undoubtedly one of the most significant lowriding affairs that attracts entries from every corner of the Lone Star State, competitors hailing from the Southwest territories, and heavyweight contenders trekking in all the way from California. The annual 43rd annual happening was a two-day extravaganza with sensational live music acts, clothing and automotive vendors galore, and a mass collection of the finest lowrider showpieces. The event filled the Ector County Coliseum, seven exhibit buildings, and the outdoor fairgrounds to capacity.
Gracing the main arena stood distinguished masterpieces, such as Manuel Corbala’s world-renowned “Strictly Business,” Juan Pablo Sifuentes’ Lowrider Truck of the Year champion “Krazy Kreation” and one clean candied-out Monte Carlo hailing from Sam Torres’ empire. GoodTimes Car Club displayed two of their best delegates, which showcased a vintage and modern representation with a candy blue 1963 convertible and a 2012 Harley Street Glide with lowrider flavor.
Nick Hernandez is the legendary lowriding icon behind Texas Tours Entertainment who puts on this stupendous production. There’s a good reason Nick was inducted into the 2006 Lowrider Hall of Fame and this celebrated festivital is a prime example of the influence he’s had on the lowriding community for over four decades, and it’s still going strong.
Black gold flowing from the oil fields accounts for much of the prosperity in this West Texas town, but on this particular weekend, it was a sea of candy and chromed-out rides that were showcased for the 10,000 spectators who flooded the grounds.
The remarkable classic creations flying the Imperials plaques were amazing to see, such as Abel Zavala’s ’64 Impala LRM cover car, “El Robado,” from Roswell, New Mexico. Dina Guevara’s 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood conversion made a loud statement that spun gracefully on the exclusive car club turntable. Dina’s two-door conversion, “Pink Pearl,” won top honors and showed men that the female enthusiasts compete on their level too. Odessa’s own Taste of Latin Car Club was well represented with a phenomenal lineup that included Alma Gomez’s flawless 1973 Impala, “Magentalicous,” and Stephen Sanchez’s 1976 Impala, “Unique Pleasure.” Both sported immaculate paint creations laid down by David Leal Sr. The Impalas car club fleet from Texas, California, and in between, were the talk of the show thanks to their unbeatable lineup.
The Texas Death Match car hop championship was another sight to see. Onlookers surrounded the hop pit to witness which of the dozen contenders would be crowned as the elite titleholders. Pete Baeza’s ’63 Impala leaped a colossal 55 inches to earn first place in the Street Class, while Chris Tinoco’s 1987 Olds Cutlass bounced his way to snatching his first place win in the Super Street Class thanks to his 63-inch bounce.
What’s a Tejano Super Show without the musical superstars? Saturday night’s melodious spectacle featured none other than legendary local famed artists such as Jimmy G. y Grupo Mazz, Rick Molina y Estilo Suave, La Differencia, and Corpus Christi’s own infamous AB Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings. Sunday’s stage performers were just as equally exhilarating. Appearances by MC Magic, Lil Rob, and Zapp & Roger captivated the thousands of screaming fans and concluded the weekend party.
The lowriding affair was a significant success thanks in part to the proud sponsors such as Hi-Lo Hydraulics, Logos Two, Zeus Wire Wheels, Krazy Kutting, Bajito Body Shop, Mendoza Welding LLC, Armando & Sons Sandblasting, Desert Energy, and J&J steel. This spectacular event was dedicated to the memory and life of David Leal Sr. This event truly lived up to what David supported for decades, a lowriding celebration with family and friends that shared the passion for the lowriding movement in West Texas.
Nick extends a gracious thanks to his club, Taste of Latin, Imperials, S.I.C. Judges, the fans in attendance and the 700 rides that supported the 43rd annual show. It’s the independent riders and illustrious clubs such as Dignity, Rollerz Only, Impalas, Onda, Fusion, Phaylanx, Solitos, Exclusive, Midtown’s Finest, Brown Impressions, GoodTimes, Imperials, Dominance, and others that make this distinguished event what it has evolved into today.