2018 LAS VEGAS SUPER SHOW
LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER
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
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LOWRIDER OF THE YEAR 2018, "DOUBLE TROUBLE."
TRADITIONAL FIVE-EIGHT FROM THE TRADICIONALS CAR CLUB.