2017 Odessa Su­per Show

AN ALL-STAR LINEUP OF CARS AND EN­TER­TAIN­ERS MAKES FOR AN IN­CRED­I­BLE TWO-DAY EVENT

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY FER­NANDO DEANDA

With his­tory comes re­spon­si­bil­ity, and there was not a shadow of doubt that Nick Her­nan­dez (a 2006 LRM Hall of Famer) would de­liver yet an­other colos­sal lowriding ex­trav­a­ganza to cel­e­brate the muchan­tic­i­pated 46th an­nual Te­jano Su­per Show. The Lowrider-sanc­tioned two­day af­fair in Odessa, Texas, dis­pensed ex­cep­tional rides, re­mark­able mu­sic line­ups, plen­ti­ful ven­dors, and the op­por­tu­nity for fans and car own­ers to en­joy the week­end bond­ing with fel­low lowrid­ers. By far the most dis­tin­guished hap­pen­ing in the Lone Star State, this event came to life much in thanks to spon­sors like Domingo Gar­cia Law Firm, Wire­less 4 U, Ba­jito Body Shop, Let It Shine Mo­bile Wash, and Square Heads Me­dia.

The show has grown by leaps and bounds and the Ec­tor County Coli­seum con­tin­ues to be their venue of choice. Hun­dreds of il­lus­tri­ous rides were scat­tered through­out the six mas­sive ex­hibit halls and out­door des­ig­nated show grounds. The main hall of the coli­seum fea­tured some of the best of the best lowriding mas­ter­pieces.

Fa­ther and son cus­tom build­ing duo Vic­tor and Stacy Ste­wart, from San An­to­nio, Texas, proudly show­cased

their chopped '39 Chevro­let Mas­ter DeLuxe. Robert Casas’ '64 Chevro­let Im­pala trekked in from San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. This candy red and sil­ver tra­di­tional had gleam­ing en­graved parts in­side and out, not to men­tion from top to bot­tom, all cour­tesy of Krazy Kut­ting.

Sit­ting di­rectly across from the '64 was an equally im­pec­ca­ble Chevy be­long­ing to Sam Tor­res from Dal­las. This Tor­res Em­pire–owned im­mac­u­late '59 Chevro­let Im­pala wagon is just one of the ex­em­plary rides from Sam’s sta­ble.

Austin Ru­bio from Onda Car Club pre­sented up­grades to his in­tri­cate LRM sweep­stakes-win­ning trike that caught the judges’ in­ter­est and right­fully de­served to be fea­tured on the cen­tral floor.

Top hon­ors went to Im­pe­ri­als L.A. Car Club Pres­i­dent To­mas Vazquez’s

'62 Chevy Im­pala. The 2014 LRM Hall of Fame icon proudly dis­played his im­pec­ca­ble deuce, “Tipsy,” for all the Te­jano fans to set their eyes on and adore.

Artist se­lec­tion for the show cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point and the crowd on both days could hardly con­tain their ex­cite­ment. The Satur­day evening party was in full ef­fect with Te­jano tracks per­formed by the in­fa­mous A.B. Quin­tanilla and Elek­tro Kumbia, Pete As­tudillo & Te­kno Mex, and Ste­vie D. Sun­day’s mu­sic ticket fea­tured SPM’s son, JD Coy, Carolyn Ro­driguez, Tiny B, and Hous­ton’s own Z-RO. West Texas bad boy, DJ Lil Mario, who has been dubbed as an of­fi­cial Kid­dNa­tion DJ spun the 1s and 2s in be­tween the

phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mances. While the mu­sic afi­ciona­dos rel­ished in the mu­sic con­cert, hy­draulic fa­nat­ics took plea­sure in the high-fly­ing back bumper ac­tion in the hop pit, spon­sored by Krazy Kut­ting and HiLow Cus­toms Hy­draulics.

Through­out the ex­hibit halls, rows and rows of candy-painted and chrome-plated rides hail­ing from Texas, New Mex­ico, Ari­zona, Colorado, Kansas, and Cal­i­for­nia ei­ther sat planted low to the ground or perched on stands dis­play­ing il­lus­tri­ous de­tailed un­der­car­riages.

The high chief, Kita Lealao’s big-body Cadil­lac “Tribal King,” gra­ciously made it from the West Coast and led an as­tound­ing col­lec­tion of USO rides. High Class, City Styles, Im­palas, and Brown Im­pres­sions re­vealed numer­ous works of art and ex­em­pli­fied why they are clubs to re­spect and ad­mire not only in quan­tity but also with qual­ity. Ad­di­tional rep­utable clubs in at­ten­dance not to be missed were Im­pe­ri­als, Ma­jes­tics, Our Style, Rollerz Only, 1st Im­pres­sions, West Texas Finest, Il­le­gal Toys, Orig­i­nals, Latin Edge, Mys­tic Styles, Sig­nif­i­cant Oth­ers, Ex­tazy, and An­geli­tos.

Whether you were an in­di­vid­ual rider or a band of club broth­ers, the love for lowriding set the tone for the show and the vibe was pos­i­tive unity to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s par­tic­i­pa­tion and pres­ence. Nick Her­nan­dez would like to ex­tend a gra­cious thank you as he does ev­ery year and in­vite all to re­turn for an­other LRM-sanc­tioned ex­pe­ri­ence in West Texas.

Full cus­tom and fully loaded Krazy Kut­ting show­stop­per.

Har­vey Flores' sil­ver and black '64 Rag with mu­rals down the side.

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