Santa Barbara, California, best known for its incredible ocean swept views and laid back culture, breeds another lifestyle within its palm tree-lined streets; the historical culture of Lowriding. The area's city-by-the-beach feel is perfect for cruising around in a quality Lowrider, and even more perfect for hosting a car club anniversary celebration.
Nite Life Car Club has been around for nearly two decades, and this year, fans looked forward to the club's 17th Annual "Show'N-N Style" Car Show and Arena Hop. The club decided to throw the gala affair at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds. It was just like Nite Life to do their part in keeping the Lowrider cruising subculture alive, and on the road to relevance, despite the news of automaker bankruptcy across the country. The show, which featured some 450 total entries, ranging from mostly vintage American rides from the '40's to the '90's, as well as some motorcycles, was in full swing when Lowrider Magazine arrived to meet and greet the staff. As is always the case, shows with friendly peeps and smooth cars are a haven for photogs to fill up their camera cards.
Even for a struggling economy, seeing the indoor and outdoor show as jam packed as it was, complete with vendor booths and tricked-out show cars, surely rose everyone's spirits, if even for a little while. The main building featured pristine rides crafted into rolling art, courtesy of Groupe, Los Angeles, Techniques, Together, The Artistics, Solo Rider, Super Natural and the Viejitos Car Clubs. In addition, some rides showcased plaques from La Gente, Latin World, InIVLife, Impressions, Old Town, Style Unlimited and Westside. All told, more than 50 car clubs and seven bicycle clubs from the Central Coast landscape rolled in from the 'hoods in support of the Nite Life boys. Danny Trejo, the "El Jefe" President of Nite Life, was a very busy man, as he had to ensure that all obligations, both legal and fun, were being met for the show and its attendees.
After letting LRM in the show through a secret side fence, he gave us a tour around the halls before disappearing into the crowd, discussing show business with a walkie-talkie. It was our journalistic duty to seek-out some familiar faces, and fresh rides, that possibly have never seen these hallowed pages. Therefore, the search was on! Some longtime friends on hand included Veronica and Angel from Together Car Club. They opened up their immensely beautiful four-door 1990 Cadillac, in the hope of adding to their already huge vault of trophies. Through the course of the event, we found a bevy of cute ladies posing it up for all the fellas too. We encountered Vicky and Corina, with endless moves and smiles, and we came across one young teenager, who was undoubtedly the best dressed at the show. Salvador DeLuna from Lompoc was in total fashion mode, sporting a slick hairstyle, super clean gray Zoot Suit, and envious Stacy Adams brand black high-gloss shoes. We gave him ultra props for his dress code styling before heading back outside to find Vivy and Rebecca, sitting in a totally custom and fully lifted blue '62 Chevy Impala convertible, built by Jason Dave from Style Unlimited car club.