This year's return back to Mesa, Arizona for the Mesa Super Show was a flashback to Super Shows of the past; where the cars were the stars, and old school was hip before hip hop was old school. Traditionally, this show has remained at the top of the must-attend lists for all Lowrider enthusiasts, as the entire southwest converges on the city of Mesa for an unparalleled display of the area's best Lowriders. This year marked a return to the glory days for Mesa, as close to 12,000 spectators and well over 650 exhibitors packed the Mesa Convention Center and Amphitheatre for this special reunion show and Arizona Lowrider Tour Stop! Young and old were treated to a glimpse of Lowrider royalty and the Motorsport Showcase signature Saturday night show set the stage as the Arizona sun set into the evening for a night of Lowriding at its best.
The 2012 Mesa Super Show was made possible by Presenting Sponsors The Hensley Beverage Company representing Budweiser, and Rockford Fosgate Corporation. These two companies recognize the beauty of our culture and their sponsorship efforts were appreciated by all who attended the show. Cold Budweiser products were on hand to quench the thirsts of festive attendees, and while that only added to the show's fiesta atmosphere, Rockford Fosgate took it a step further by keeping the crowd abuzz with their top of the line audio systems and state of the art sound lab; both of which were hosted by special guest Mr. Cartoon who presented his line of sanctioned car care products. The show also had great contributing sponsors, Mega 104.3 and The Beat Radio, Old School City, Shell Happy, UFCW Local 99, National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, The East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens Committee, Mickey's Signs and Lines, Magoos Hydraulics and Society Car Club. These sponsors all made the show possible thanks to their collective efforts and Motorsport Showcase will be forever grateful for their outstanding contributions and support.
The show kicked off with an old school competition car hop, hosted by Magoos Hydraulics. Hoppers from near and far came to compete for the $2000.00 in cash awards, and Darrell Chapman, Max Moreno, Cool Cars, and Eppie Martinez all won their respective classes and dazzled the crowd with bumpers reaching the sky.
Inside the Convention Center, the best of past, present, and future Lowriders mesmerized the thousands of Lowrider fans who came to see the world's most famous Lowrider, Jesse Valadez' "Gypsy Rose," which was on hand for a special Lowrider Hall of Fame Tribute. Jesse Jr. said it was great bringing the Rose back to Mesa after a 15-year absence as he and his dad last came to Mesa in 1997. The Imperials made an Imperial material statement in bringing out their heavy hitters. Elite Car Club's "El Rey," 2011 Lowrider Car of the Year, owned and built by Albert DeAlba was on hand, along with and one of Lowriding's most revered Hall of Famers, Mario DeAlba Sr. who brought his 2011 Bomb of the Year! The Lowrider royalty just kept coming with an outstanding and strong showing from Klique Car Club, who came to bring it with each club car showing full undercarriages! The Majestic's, Oldies, Stylistics, Rollerz Only, The Crowd, Techniques, and Phoenix Car Clubs were also on hand, showing off their best creations. The Plaza was packed with a hard line up from Groupe. Old School CC came to impress, and showcased their centerpiece on the Plaza, the 2011 Truck of the Year owned by Juan SiFuentes. The Majestics were presented the Most Members club award and Spirit CC garnered best Club Display.
The Mesa Amphitheatre Main stage featured hosts, The Manic Hispanic of Mega Radio, and Cedric Ceballos, of the Phoenix Suns Organization. The show came alive that day and into the night under the stars with Shock G of Digital Underground, Humpty Hump, and Digital Fuze, FROST, MC Magic, Mob Fam, Rocky Padilla's tribute to the Oldies, Spanglish Records DJ Kane, Ricky Rick, Maffio, Devone, Emaculant, and Phoenix's own Powerdrive! A pre-show line up also included artists brought in by Andy Herrera (Big Latin) including the world's youngest DJ, Baby Chino!
Though the show experienced a few move-in hiccups due to the overwhelming response and tight space, it was an overall success and Richard would like to sincerely thank the entire Motorsport Showcase and Society Car Club Staff who worked diligently throughout the weekend. A special thanks also goes out to The Ochoa Family, who worked alongside Richard for this special reunion Super Show.