G-BODY FEST

THE RED-HEADED STEPCHILD’S SUC­CESS­FUL EVENT

Low Rider - - LOWRIDER - STORY & PHO­TOS BY HEC­TOR LEYVA

With the re­cent price hike of clas­sic Im­palas and Cadil­lacs, it’s mak­ing it much more dif­fi­cult to af­ford one. As a re­sult, the mid­size G-body is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a bit of a re­nais­sance. Once con­sid­ered the “red-headed stepchild” of lowrid­ing, this iconic group­ing of cars has un­der­gone a sway of opin­ion and an up­surge of pop­u­lar­ity. In fact, it’s be­come its own sub­cul­ture; Os­car Se­gura has been part of this move­ment for quite some time.

Look­ing to ex­pand the G-body pres­ence, Se­gura de­cided it was fi­nally time to give these ve­hi­cles a ded­i­cated platform. He wanted these cars and their own­ers to have a stage of their own, so he de­cided to cre­ate a show and chose OG Mike’s in Santa Ana, Cal­i­for­nia, as the venue for his event.

With just a lit­tle pro­mo­tion, the show had over 200 cars in at­ten­dance and packed the fa­cil­ity to the brim. Many solo rid­ers showed, but Ma­ni­a­cos Car Club was out in full force with their re­cently fea­tured cover cars. Lo­cal clubs such as Uniques, Our Style Stylis­tics, and Klique made their pres­ence felt, but it was High­class that stole the show. They popped up at the show in full dis­play mode and brought not one but two full-blown show ve­hi­cles.

Street En­ter­tain­ment had a line of catch­phrase tees for sale, while G-body Wear was of­fer­ing his lat­est installment of G-body–in­spired T-shirts and ac­ces­sories. In all, the show is poised to be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion and plans are already well un­der­way to find a much larger venue to keep up with de­mand.

You just wouldn't un­der­stand. This is a G-thang.

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