The Lowrider tour came back to the Golden State this past June for another amazing event that showcased the country's top lowriders. Featuring a display of the latest and greatest advancements in design and technique, the 2009 Lowrider San Bernardino show took place inside the comfortable confines of the National Orange Show Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. The event, sponsored by Lugz, Dr. Pepper, Krazy Cutting, Stevie Stone and Ruthless Records, was an indoor/outdoor extravaganza that went off without a hitch, thanks to some wonderful Southern California sunshine.
Boasting an incredible line up of 700 pre-registered cars, the show graciously allowed the competitors to show up on Saturday, in order to allow proper preparation time for the numerous competitors. Since the show was on Sunday, this gave the contestants ample time to vie for the perfect spot to park indoors and begin waxing, and buffing their glorious machines for the competition. After several hours, the contestants were all safely parked inside the grounds, and the cars' owners and their assistants shined up their automobiles for the rigorous judging that would soon take place.
As the event attendees walked in on Sunday, they were greeted by several custom lo-los by the outside lake area, as well as a plethora of cars parked along the grass area. Needless to say, it didn't take long for the onlookers to find several machines already worth the price of admission. High Class Car Club came out strong with a great showing of some of their newest rides. Another club in the grass area was the UCE Car Club, holding down the edge of the lake with a multi-chapter showing of some of their best custom- made classics.
The outdoors was a visual playground featuring several cars and car clubs that quickly caught our attention. Young upstarts like The Islanders Car Club of the Harbor Area caught our fancy with a number of great rides, including their custom yellow Cadillac Coupe De Ville. The Good Times Car Club has grown impressively since its inception over 15 years ago, as evidenced by this year's strong summer showing, which had all the other big clubs talking. Other young clubs that stood out at this event included Kings of Kings, Our Style, Maniacos, Trece Style and De Aquellas. The show brought out the veteran clubs as well, which gave a great balance for all the spectators and enthusiasts. Some of the veteran clubs in attendance included the Groupe, Klique, Carnales Unidos, Casuals, Santa Ana and Style Car Club of the Inland Empire.
Though the outer grounds held a bevy of impressive cars, the indoor participants stepped it up a notch, filling two separate halls with the best of the best. Premier Car Club surprised spectators by breaking out a few new rides, including Joey's classy '56 Nomad, and Maclovio's astonishing '75 convertible Glasshouse. Elite also brought the heat to "Berdoo" with a few cars, most notably Mario Senior's candy apple red '37 Chevrolet. The Oldies had a strong presence as usual, breaking out Chris Roark's "Perfect Score." Other strong contenders in this hall included Trino's Wild Cherry 64 Impala and John Torrez's '69 Impala.