For today’s youth, college is essential when it comes to securing a productive and prosperous adult life. The competition to gain entrance to college is tough and some of our youth have been fortunate enough to be a part of their school’s AVID program. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination is an elementary through post secondary college readiness system. It is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. Long Beach California’s Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School’s AVID program is a successful program at the high school level that produces a high percentage of students continuing their education after high school. Cabrillo’s AVID program partnered up with Our Style Car Club to produce a car show fundraiser at the school to benefit the program.

The school and Our Style Car Club settled on a Sunday in February of 2011 as a date for the show. They could not have picked a better day for the show as the sun was shining through the blue sky with a nice ocean breeze to keep everyone comfortable while they checked out the show. Our Style brought out a number of their club cars to the show, much to the delight of the attendees. Some of the clubs that came out to support the fundraiser included Imperials, Showtime, Classic Memories, Stylistics, Pharaohs, Illustrious, Klique and Royal Image.

Along with the four-wheeled rides at the show, there were a number of 2 wheeled rides as well. Way of Life Bike Club and Momentos Bike Club both brought out several of their two-wheeled creations to the show. These bikes were a big hit with the high school students as well as with a number of younger children that attended the show with their parents.

An important part of any show is the entertainment. Our Style and Cabrillo High School made sure to have a deejay playing music throughout the day which kept the crowd happy. They were also treated to a performance by local rap artist Rebble. As is also par for the course, there was plenty of food and drink available for everyone attending the show. If you were looking for a new tee shirt or hat, Mobstar Clothing was at the show with their latest designs available for purchase.

After a day of great weather, entertainment, and a whole lot of beautiful rides, it was time to head home. After the trophy presentation, everyone packed it up and called it a day. By all accounts, the show was a success for the Cabrillo’s AVID program and Our Style Car Club. We, as Lowriders, once again showed our community involvement and proved to the skeptics that there is more to our culture and image, than candy paint and hydraulics.