MEAT UP

Al­bu­querque, NM

Low Rider - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY BY BETO MEN­DOZA PHO­TOS BY COREY RINGO & BETO MEN­DOZA

On July 28, Artemis Pro­mo­tions hosted the third stop of the Quaker State Meat Up se­ries, and the lo­ca­tion was his­toric, to say the least. With its nar­row streets and cen­tury-old adobe houses, Old Town Al­bu­querque was the per­fect lo­ca­tion for a gather­ing of the finest lowriders from in and around town.

As the cars made their way in, the event was at full ca­pac­ity be­fore most lo­cals were even up. The day be­gan with a speech from Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Joe Ray, fol­lowed by a prayer led by our friend House. Af­ter that, the grills were fired up and the en­tire block was flooded with bel­lows of smoke as each club be­gan grilling their best home­made recipes. “Bar­be­cu­ing, show­ing off our rides, be­ing with our fam­ily, that’s our cul­ture. This is our her­itage and the Meat Up events were de­signed to de­liver just that,” Joe Ray says.

As with all of our Meat Up events, the Quaker State “Spin The Wheel” at­trac­tion had peo­ple lined up for a chance to win prizes rang­ing from gas cards to tees. As we made our way through the cars, we spot­ted Low Clas­sics Car Club, whose cars were so clean and di­aled in that you’d al­most for­get that they drove some three hours away from Farm­ing­ton, New Mex­ico. And while their cars were spot-on, their cus­tom bar­be­cue pit is what dreams are made of. En­cased in a '65 front end, the grill fea­tured wire wheels, candy paint, hy­draulics, and enough blaz­ing meat to feed a small army.

As the day went on, we shad­owed Joe Ray as he walked and talked the show. He was ea­ger to learn about all the dif­fer­ent clubs’ his­to­ries, take a good look at their cars, all the while sam­pling all the food they had to of­fer.

Now, if you un­der­stand how our life­style gets down, then you’re al­ready well aware that we know how to chill and grill. But among the high­lights was Dig­nity Car Club who dished out pas­tor tacos, and Rollerz Only where big homie House rolled out a com­bi­na­tion of spe­cial recipes that were per­fectly mar­i­nated with his se­cret herbs and spices.

Vieji­tos and Dukes brought out plenty of clas­sic rides and recipes and just a stone’s throw away was Low Vi­sion Car Club who were out cel­e­brat­ing their 10-year an­niver­sary. In­ter­est­ingly enough, club pres­i­dent Chris Chavez told us, “Ten years ago, our very first car club meet­ing took place across the street, so it’s great how ev­ery­thing fell into place and how we could cel­e­brate our an­niver­sary at this lo­ca­tion.”

In all, this was yet an­other suc­cess­ful Meat Up and we would like to thank all those who par­tic­i­pated. Of course, none of th­ese fes­tiv­i­ties could have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of Quaker State and Artemis Pro­duc­tions, so a spe­cial thanks goes out to them for help­ing cre­ate last­ing im­pres­sions that sup­port our cul­ture and her­itage.

"... OLD TOWN AL­BU­QUERQUE WAS THE PER­FECT LO­CA­TION FOR A GATHER­ING OF THE FINEST LOWRIDERS FROM IN AND AROUND TOWN."

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