The Imperials 10th Annual Benefit Car Show returned to its rightful birthplace for 2010. The newly renovated grounds of the Pharis Feddie School served as the location for one of the summer's most anticipated car shows. If you remember our coverage of the 2009 show, the Imperials had to use another location because of school construction.
Show day started early with show participants lining up at dawn for entry and a first shot at the prime locations. The move-in went smoothly, as it does every year, and as soon as the cars were parked, their respective owners got down to detailing and preparing them for the judges and spectators.
This year's show participants were a mixed blend, and they came from as far as all parts of California, Arizona, and Texas? just to be a part of the show. Groupe, Latin World, Techniques, Premier, Los Angeles, Tradition, Maniacos, Old Memories, Together, Goodfellas, and many other clubs showed up with quite a few entries. From pedal cars to fully restored classics, just about every type of custom car was featured as a part of this diverse show. There were also a large number of vehicles that have been featured on the pages of this magazine.
The Imperials were well represented and the centerpiece of their lineup was the legendary "Gypsy Rose." The newest member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Imperials, former pro wrestler & MMA fighter, Bautista, signed his Imperials poster for his fans. This year also brought out quite a few original members of the Imperials that have not been active in recent years. It was nice to see such great friendships still intact after all these years.
As with every car show, the vendor area had something for everyone. Music, magazines, clothing, and die-cast collectables were some of the items for sale to the public. There was also plenty of food and drinks available for those famished patrons of the event. The city of Hawaiian Gardens and the Imperials offered tee shirts commemorating this car show, and they were certainly doing brisk business throughout the day!
With over 1200 participants at this show, it is quite obvious that this will continue to be a "must attend" show for many of the car clubs and individuals that frequent the circuit. There are rumors of a possible new location for the 2011 date. Whether that is just speculation or truth, rest assured that Lowrider Magazine will be at that show in 2011. It is on our list as a "must attend" show, and should be on yours too!
"Danny Boys Monte"