El Paso was the last stop for the 2014 LOWRIDER Magazine car show tour and it would qualify what would be the potential titleholders of the 2014 Lowrider champions. The Summer Meltdown at the El Paso Coliseum displayed over 300 customs and classics, which all met in Chuco, Texas.
The LRM sanctioned event was hosted and produced by Reloaded Talent & NLB Promotion LLC. Promotions Manager Sixx managed the event with help from Texas’ own Mando Espinoza and Veronica Mendez of EPT Cruising.
This Saturday day-and-night show featured a car show, concert, exhibition, and hop that entertained the crowd well into the evening. Stage Manager Andy Herrera hosted the concert featuring Rigo Luna of Nu Flavor, MANN, and Old School Artists L.A.D. singing their hit “Ridin Low.” Vendors also graced the show grounds, including Willie of Old School City, Krazy Kutting, and the traditional fiesta foods and aqua frescas.
With this show being the final chance to go for the gold in Vegas, potential challengers traveled to El Paso to ensure a place in the 2014 championship circle. Best of Show Bike winners were Mando Romero taking Third, John Twitty with Second Place, and Austin awarded Best of Show Bike. Best of Show Trikes were Rey Mallado in Third Place, Jordan Sanchez taking Second Place, and John Twitty winning overall Best of Show Trike.
Best of Show Traditional was awarded hands down to Ken Jacquez and his 1964 Impala from Prestigious Car Club. Best of Show Bombs were awarded to Third Place winner Richard Berandez and his ’46 Fleetline. Lowrider Hall of Famer and Oldies Car Club President Ricardo Alvarado broke out with his 1936 Buick showing top to bottom and taking the Second Place honors. Best of Show Bomb was awarded to veteran builder Stacy Stewart of 1st Impressions Car Club and his Radical Tangerine candy ’39 Chevrolet.
Best of Show trucks proved to qualify new and old familiar faces of the LRM shows. Third Place went to Victor Lopez. Second Place was awarded to Big V Sandoval of Xplizit CC with his 2002 Dodge Ram and Fabian Villareal of Rollerz Only who brought out a blast from the past with the all-new rebuilt and designed Pure Insanity! This truck was a crowd pleaser back then and it didn’t skip a beat in its re-debut.
Traveling from Arizona, David and Richard Alvarado and company of United Car Club brought out some nice rides and Gilbert Garza secured the Third Place Best of Show Car with his 1973 Monte Carlo. Second Place was awarded to Fred Real of Prestigious CC with his show favorite ’67 Impala, and First Place Best of Show was awarded to Bobby Garza of Goodtimes CC with his rebuilt and rebooted G-Body 1987 Cutlass. The brilliant red flake could be seen for miles and time back at the shop paid off for challenging his competition from the previous year. Explizit Car Club was awarded most members and Modern Times received Best Club Display.
We would like to thank Sixx and his staff at Reloaded Talent & NLB Promotion LLC for producing the El Paso Summer Meltdown car show. As always, El Paso was a great place to visit. The culture, cars, and people are always a pleasurable experience in the Lone Star State.