The 2003 Legends Tour Super Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, features the best low show cars in the country, but the event also includes a hydraulics “showdown” pitting the top hoppers and dancers in the sport. As it turned out, the 2003 Hop competition was the best such event to date and it could not have been put together without the help of sponsor CCE Hydraulics.

Even though the Super Show was held in early October, the warm “Indian summer” weather was the perfect setting for a Hop featuring a field of more than 40 of the nation’s top competitors. Competitors came from all over the US; from as far east as New York, as far south as Texas and as far north as Michigan.

During the competition, there was a brief time-out in order to award the Wayne Costa Memorial Award, which pays tribute to street truck dancer Wayne Costa and girlfriend Leslie Bowen, who were involved in a tragic fatal accident which occurred on their way home after attending one of our Tour events a few years ago. This year the award was given to T&D Customs, who attended several Tour events and scored several points throughout the season with their ’89 Chevy S-10.

The 2003 Super Show Hop proved to be a worthy grand finale to a memorable Tour as it featured the best of the best. In fact, several records were broken or tied throughout the competition. Whether you were there or not, we hope that you enjoy our coverage of the Las Vegas Hop and we look forward to more hydraulics madness and mayhem next year. We can’t wait for next season to start.

2003 Legends Tour Super Show Champions

Single-Pump Hop
First Place

David Marquez, ’63 Chevy Impala, 53 inches
Second Place
Sotero “Shorty” Villareal, ’64 Impala, 51 inches
Third Place
Eddie Baeza, ’63 Impala, 43 inches

Double-Pump Hop
First Place

Augustin “Augie” Gomez, ’61 Impala, 63 inches
Second Place
Marco Perea, ’61 Impala, 59 inches
Third Place
Sotero “Shorty Villareal, ‘62 Impala, 58 inches

Radical Hop
First Place

Caesar Martinez, ’62 Impala wagon, 166 inches
Second Place
Mike Moreno, ’86 Mazda truck, 70 inches
Third Place
Zefe Carrizales, ‘90 Mazda truck, 60 inches

Truck Hop
First Place (tie)

Sotero “Shorty” Villareal, ’87 Ford Ranger, 84 inches
First Place (tie)
Jay Marchese, ’92 Ranger, 84 inches
Second Place
Ernie Lopez, ’86 Ranger, 72 inches

Luxury Hop
First Place

Chris Ponder, ’87 Olds Cutlass, 63 inches
Second Place
Jorge Guzman, ’86 Buick Regal, 59 inches
Third Place
Jesus Gonzales, ’87 Cutlass, 56 inches

Car Dance
First Place

Sotero “Shorty” Villareal, ’85 Cutlass, 22 points
Second Place
Fernando Casas, ’81 Cutlass, 21 points
Third Place
James Raudabaugh, ’79 Chevy Malibu, 17 points

Truck Dance
First Place

Juan Galvan, ’85 Chevy Blazer, 22 points
Second Place
Mike Kaufman, ‘80 Chevy El Camino, 20 points
Third Place
T&D Customs, ’89 Chevy S-10, 18 points

Radical Dance
First Place

T&D Customs, ’89 S-10, 26 points
Second Place
Juan Chavoya, ’81 Malibu, 25 points
Third Place
Jay Marchese, ’91 Mazda, 22 points