2018 LAS VE­GAS SU­PER SHOW

LAS VE­GAS CON­VEN­TION CEN­TER

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

Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter

The Su­per Show isn’t just a show, and it’s def­i­nitely not just a date on the cal­en­dar ei­ther. The Su­per Show has be­come a des­ti­na­tion that pro­vides a mind-numb­ing, gut-wrench­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that’s best cel­e­brated with friends and fam­ily. It’s a rit­ual cel­e­brated in many dif­fer­ent for­mats, and while some party on rooftops and oth­ers hit the strip (or the strip club), I start off by hit­ting Fre­mont Street and get­ting wasted with friends from all across the globe.

In typ­i­cal fashion that’s ex­actly how it went down this year, and the rest of the weekend was the most amaz­ing blur. Yet as I strug­gle to re­mem­ber what in the hell hap­pened on what day, I will al­ways re­mem­ber all the faces and all the places and how this time was dif­fer­ent.

Since 1998, the Su­per Show has been a main­stay in Ve­gas. Cash­man Field was the place we called home up un­til they shut their doors last year. At that point we were forced to look for a new venue; while scout­ing for lo­ca­tions we even con­sid­ered tak­ing it to an­other city, but that was short-lived sim­ply be­cause there’s no place like the City of Sin.

In the end we chose the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, and the decision to do so would not only heighten the ex­pe­ri­ence but also pro­vide an in­door venue that shielded us from the 100-plus de­gree heat. This brought a sigh of re­lief from at­ten­dees and spon­sors and while we did have a bit of a hic­cup dur­ing stag­ing this year, it’s a mat­ter that’s since been taken care of so by next year it’ll be smooth sail­ing.

By the time the doors opened, the usual sus­pects were on hand. As the crowd rolled in, some wan­dered off to see the cars while oth­ers packed ven­dor row. DGA was out show­cas­ing his lat­est art and ap­parel, Krazy Kut­ting was blind­ing the crowd with its chrome ac­ces­sories, while Hoppo’s had mul­ti­ple set­ups on dis­play along with count­less show cars boast­ing their work. Of course Lo­gos Two was busy as cus­tomers came to place and pick up or­ders, and for the first time ever we even had a Norteño banda per­formed by In­teligen­cia Norteña fol­lowed by mari­achi, Mel­low Man Ace, and Mack 10.

Just four years ago, Bobby Garza cap­tured the Lowrider of the Year ti­tle for the first time with his '87 Oldsmo­bile Cut­lass (RM Se­ries) and this year he was able to cap­ture the ti­tle once more, ex­cept this time around with his '57 con­vert­ible Bel Air called “Dou­ble Trou­ble”. In ad­di­tion to the cov­eted award, he also cap­tured Sec­ond Place with his Cut­lass, while Jesse Sal­dana’s '65 Im­pala Su­per Sport ("Blvd Mad­ness") placed Third for the Lowrider of the Year ti­tle and the cov­eted Lowrider Ex­cel­lence award.

Mov­ing over to Bomb of the Year, Cal­i­for­nia had a clean sweep as all three ti­tle win­ners came from the Golden State. The Bomb of the Year ti­tle went to Bernardo Casian of the Uniques Car Club with his '50 Chevy DeLuxe. This

'50 Chevy qual­i­fied for sweep­stakes at the Mi­ami show and went un­der the knife shortly af­ter and did enough to get the ti­tle. Sec­ond Place went to Frank

LAS VE­GAS SU­PER SHOW PG. 20

LOWRIDER OF THE YEAR 2018, "DOU­BLE TROU­BLE."

TRA­DI­TIONAL FIVE-EIGHT FROM THE TRADICIONALS CAR CLUB.

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