MOVING WITH THE TIMES
“How come the Lowrider Super Show isn’t held in Los Angeles?”
This is a common question that’s been asked time and time again, and it comes with good reason. Lowriding and the Lowrider Super Show have deep roots that are set in the city of Los Angeles—a city where it all started, and a city that used to host some of our biggest annual kickoffs.
They were special times marked with plenty of festivities, but it also happened to be the location of a few serious altercations—but that was decades ago and much has changed. Unfortunately, some city officials haven’t kept up with the evolution of lowriding and how it’s changed. They’re stuck in their old beliefs and reluctant to lend an open ear, which is why venues such as the Los Angeles Convention Center, Pomona Fairplex, and Fontana Speedway have still rejected our numerous attempts to relocate.
It’s sad that the negative stereotypes of lowriding still remain, and it’s also kind of ironic that many of these same venues host classic car shows, of which many features lowriders or are lowrider-centric. But we’re not here to argue, we’re here to make a change, and we have to move like water to go around any blocks.
And while past L.A. Super Shows held at the Sports Arena may never return, there’s nothing lost as we’ve definitely set a new benchmark ever since hosting it in Las Vegas. Whereas our Los Angeles shows were simply one-day affairs, the Vegas Super Show has become a multi-day shindig in a city that’s known for partying 24/7.
But seriously, let’s keep this real. Las Vegas is action packed. From the buffets to the cheap beers, the shows to the shopping, there is just so much to do that even after decades of visiting the city of glamour and glitz I can honestly say that I’ve done a lot—but I haven’t done it all. Now throw into the mix the thousands of lowriders flying, driving, and being trailered in and you’ve got a recipe for the ultimate party.
That said, this year (as many of you already know) we will be hosting the Lowrider Super Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There will be close to 500 of the top lowriders on display and applications for this event will start on July 9. Now, for those interested, you can find all necessary information online at www.lowridershows.com.
To help accommodate the setup process, the Saturday before the day of the show will be designated as a roll in and set up day. From early in the morning to late night, show cars and vendors will have the entire day to set up. Car show judging will also take place later on the same day, and this time around trailer parking will be close by, which means a faster and more efficient process.
Along with this year’s venue change come three more categories that have been included to the car show’s special award list:
BOMB “MASTER CRAFTSMAN” (’36-’54):
Similar to what took place in the “Traditional” class, this category excludes any Bomb with body modifications, such as chop tops and suicide doors. This new award had to be added due to the fact that it’s not fair to have a fully restored Bomb compete with a full custom.
Bomb Truck and Radical Truck will have separate and distinct award categories to compete for. Again, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that it’s just not fair for an early Chevy truck to compete against a radical Lincoln Navigator.
Hydraulics will have an “Old School Aircraft Style Hydraulics” category and will be separate from the Radical one off-built creations we have seen as of late.
Judging of entries will be based on this revised point system. The criteria and points available are as noted below and have been in place over the past year: CRAFTSMANSHIP/DETAIL 30 PAINT 30
BODY MODIFICATIONS 20
ACCESSORIES 15 DISPLAY 15
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 275
But the three aforementioned changes are just a start. Next year we will see a change in the Lowrider “Traditional” class. It’s time to open Pandora’s box, so to speak, and allow the very talented builders to extend their craftsmanship in this class, so stay tuned as we break down the additional changes in the next editorial.
As I have said before, lowriders are continuing to raise the bar of excellence.
There are more mods being performed, more technology being infused, and when it comes to paint technology and interior styling, the sky’s the limit and it’s time for us to evolve not only as builders, but as judges and as a magazine and a movement. The judging categories need to be expanded, and while lowrider judging points have more or less dictated the way a car should be built, it’s about to change because in the past few years some incredible builds surpassed our old judging points and category systems.
In closing, cars, trucks, bombs, motorcycles, pedal cars, and bicycles will also be more selectively chosen this year compared to the past. As our lifestyle continues to influence mainstream America, all I can say is that we’re experiencing some legendary times. So as the dust settles a little with the confusion, hang tight because the best is yet to come and we’re looking forward to taking the game to even higher levels.
Respectfully, Joe Ray