As always and like in all those years passed, the Las Vegas Super Show lived up to all the extreme hype as usual. The passion of custom paint, chrome, and custom modifications were out on mirrored floor displays. We are the only reasons why this traditional show continues to survive all previous show expectations. We become involved with the production, exhibition, and spectatorship of this Super Show. Every year, the quality of cars and their building standards continue to grow.

The Lowrider of the Year contenders are still the main attraction, but just as equally are the hundreds of other custom rides that represent the “best of the best” from each car club fighting for the limited space inside. This year’s car show layout design brought the main stage and hop exhibition over and closer to the adjacent main hall’s outdoor car display area. Because of this layout rearrangement causing a shortage for space, car selections and quantities had to be cut down some, even though there was still about 500 of the baddest vehicles out in full entertaining view. It becomes all too funny sometimes when you hear rumors that this is the last Super Show, when we all know and believe that next year’s event will have more hype and that Vegas will always live up to those expectations because we, the lowrider world, are committed to guarantying that!

In this special issue of LOWRIDER Magazine, it’s good to finally see Mike Lopez recognized in our “Original” segment for April. This has been a long time coming and even more deserving for his dedication and declaration to our way-of-life car culture. In all my years of out-of-state car show travels, Mike’s name and or his famous ride known as Twilight Zone always comes up in conversation more than anyone else I know. What also surprises me more about those lowrider long-distance show travels is that many of the enthusiast supporters who know quite a lot about the history of lowriding know more about Mike than I do? Mike Lopez is well respected and acknowledged for being the product of our lowrider environment.

The commanding attractive tangerine-colored 1964 Impala that takes over this cover is represented well by the strong and ever-growing plaque of the High Class Car Club. Luis Rodriguez, also known as “Speedy’s Chrome” also comes well defined like his car club’s name. When you meet this guy, he becomes like a friend that you have known for a long time; he’s just a high class act.

Joe Ray

We are our own worst critics sometimes. Others outside don’t need to view us negatively because we do that all by ourselves. Positive criticism within is more constructive. Remember that we stay down or climb up in this whole thing, all together.