Espanola, New Mexico, has long been dubbed "The Lowrider Capital of the World," and with good reason; per capita, there are more Lowriders here than anywhere else in the world! The city has long extolled their affinity for riding slow and low, and Lowriding is simply a part of the local culture here. Espanola is a fun town and on any given afternoon, you'll find Lowrider cars, Lowrider bikes, and Lowrider babes, all showing off their rides. This year, we saw more than 300 entries of Lowriders, as Cultura Productions decided to pick the semi-epicenter of the Espanola main street for their Main Street Showdown.

The late mid-to-late summer brings humidity to the region, and it can be fiercely known as a monsoonal flow. Unfortunately, rain was expected from the humidity, and all involved prayed for sunny skies and for the weatherman to be wrong. Whatever they did, it worked! The rains never came with the bands of puffy clouds-just humidity and heat, which was more than a fair trade-off for the many participants and spectators.

Much of the main street areas were packed with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bikes that came out in droves to show and shine. As we made our way around the show, the mood was festive and people did not seem to pay any mind to the unruly heat. Quite a few people expressed their happiness that LRM had come out to cover a show in that part of New Mexico, as it had been awhile since we had made it out.

The local chapter of Prestigious Few car club came out to support, as did Imperials, who were also all in attendance. Quite a few bombs and classics were on hand at the show, which was a real treat for the crowd. A number of them were daily drivers, which is not surprising, since these New Mexico-area Lowriders eat, sleep, and breathe the Lowrider culture. We spotted some awesome '58 ragtops and enjoyed a great hop that was hosted by Epstein's Hydraulics. "Eppie" and his crew gave it their all as they brought out their hydraulic-infused heavy hitters.

Along with some very nice Lowriders in Espanola were even nicer people, and the event was filled with good spirits and camaraderie. Thanks for an awesome event, New Mexico!

Best of Show
Fred Rael: 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible

Best Car
Ken Jacquez: 1961 Chevy Impala Convertible

Best Truck
Ricky Martinez: 1986 Nissan

Best Original
Wray Ortiz: 1958 Chevy Impala

Best Traditional
Glenn Saiz: 1964 Chevy Impala