Pueblo, Colorado played host to the most recent Midwest LRM-sanctioned event, presented by ODB productions and Robert Espinoza. In true Colorado fashion, the weather that welcomed our arrival into Denver's International Airport was stormy and cold, but by the time we had made the two-hour drive south to Pueblo, the weather embraced us with puffy clouds and sunshine. We hit the fairgrounds early the next morning, not surprised to see people lined up well before the 10:00 a.m. start time, eager to see the Midwest's finest go head-to-head. They would not be disappointed either, as the Pueblo Fairgrounds housed over 600 car entries!
On one side of the main hall, Rollerz Only Car Club had lined up over 50 cars in a single row, for all the spectators to enjoy. Other clubs that also brought their "A-game" included Imperials, Nothing Else Matters, Majesty, New Mexico Lifestyle, Just Casual, Estilo, East Side Customs, Superior, Street Dreams, Sweet Dreams, Most Hated, and South Side. This show would be the last chance for many of the participants to qualify for the Las Vegas Super Show, so the competitive atmosphere was tense with anticipation, especially for the participants in the long-awaited hop contest. Around noon, the announcer invited the spectators to head towards the back of the fairgrounds, where this showdown was set to take place.
The hop competition began with the Single Pump category, in which hop veteran Shorty from Houston, TX took first place with his '86 Mazda truck, which soared to the 104-inch mark. In the Double Pump category, Epie Martinez took home the trophy with his '64 Impala, hitting a peak of 81 inches. In the Radical Hop Competition, Shorty again took the top prize with a 98 inch plateau, reached by his '92 Ranger. Then in the Street Dance Shorty proved why he's one of the best in the business, again taking top honors as his '86 Blazer, "El Mero Mero," danced all over the hop pit. Lolo took home first place in the Radical Dance with his Cutlass "El Travieso," pushing it to the breaking point, literally. The Cutty gave it all it had, until two of the rims bent out of shape, and one of the hydraulic lines popped. After the hop competition, a local bike stunt teamed showed off their skills by doing tricks on their motorcycles.
As the day continued, the massive crowd had a few hours to check out all the cars that were on display. The exhibit hall and the main hall set the stage with some of the best Lowriders from all over the nation, including Michael Tovar's "Wanted 37." Tovar drove over 22 hours to qualify for the Super Show, and also took home the Excellence Award and Best of Show Award. Orlando Cabos' '59 Impala Cover Car, "Patron," was trailered in from El Paso to represent for the Imperials Car Club. The crew from Bowtie Connections broke out a new '57 Chevy Bel-Air Convertible, which was finished just a few days before the show. Classic Memories Car Club member Gerardo "Gordo" Yanez also had his '57 Convertible on full display, while Colorado Legend Glen Saiz showcased his '64 Impala's new engine compartment and hydraulic set-up. Lowrider Legends "Prophecy," and "The Omen," were also on full display for all to enjoy.
The concert started around 4pm, as the crowd of over 10,000 gathered around the stage to witness the finale of the event. The concert lineup included Old School legend Kid Frost, and the crown went wild as he launched into his hit "Ain't No Sunshine." Right after Frost exited the stage, Capone-e rocked a set, before the concert was ultimately closed out by Houston rapper Mike Jones. After the concert was over, the world famous bikini contest featured four homegrown Colorado ladies, who strutted their stuff on the stage and showed off their sexy moves for the crowd. At 5 p.m., the bikini contest was over and then it was time for us to head home. Colorado did not want us to leave, as we battled a blizzard in our 3 hour quest to make it back to Denver to catch our return flight home. If you think that Pueblo, CO is only known as being a home for its steel production, think again. It's safe to say that with shows like these every year, Pueblo is also a home for the Lowrider culture. This annual event is one of the best LRM sanctioned shows in the Midwest, so make sure you make it out to next year's event!