MOV­ING WITH THE TIMES

Low Rider - - EDITOR'S LETTER - jray@en­thu­si­ast­net­work.com

“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:

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.

OLD-SCHOOL HY­DRAULICS:

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

IN­TE­RIOR 30

UNDERCARRIAGE 25

BODY MOD­I­FI­CA­TIONS 20

EN­GINE 20

HY­DRAULICS/AIR 15

MU­RALS 15

STRIPING 15

AC­CES­SORIES 15 DIS­PLAY 15

PLATING 15

AU­DIO/VIDEO 10

TRUNK/BED 10

EN­GRAV­ING 5

WHEELS/TIRES 5

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

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