The last stop for the 2013 Lowrider magazine-sanctioned tour was held at the El Paso, Texas, County Coliseum. Retuning back to Texas allowed those within the lowrider movement to qualify one last time before the Grand Finale in Las Vegas. Since the first stop was in Odessa this past November, the circle of "Lowrider" Life was completed in the Lone Star State, thanks to show producers "Big Latin" Andy Herrera, along with head of operations, George Galindo, and company. One couldn't help but to be a bit sentimental as the sight of the beloved Aztec semi-truck rolled into town, signaling the beginning of this momentous occasion. In addition to that heralded truck, over 6,000 lowrider fans joined the show in full force for a hip-hop old-school night of entertainment, featuring over 400 classic and custom lowriders displaying chrome and paint throughout the County Coliseum grounds. The stage was set and the crowd was not disappointed, thanks to an all star entertainment line-up for the event. Chingo Bling, Brownboy, EMoney, MC Magic, Carolyn Rodriquez, and Rodney O did what they do best: entertaining a lively crowd. That wasn't the end of the entertainment either, as the Ladies of Lowriding hit the stage—Lisette Melendez, Angel from The Cover Girls, Lil' Suzy, and Debbie Deb singing her hits, "When I Hear Music," and "Lookout Weekend." Hearing all of these ladies' hits certainly took us back to the freestyle days of yesteryear!
The Saturday Show featured a variety of classics and customs shining in the El Paso sun and under the lights inside the Coliseum. With over 200 awards given out in various classes, The Best of Show class winners were announced last, but certainly not least. The Best of Show Original Class had Gilbert, of The Oldies with his '50 Chevrolet, taking Third place. Martin Maldonado, from Oldies New Mexico, earned Second place with his rare '36 Chevrolet Convertible, and Jesse Holguin, from L.A., California, took home Top Honors in the Best Original of Show overall. Jesse traveled far to qualify his immaculate '58 Impala, which proudly flies a Southside Plaque. The Best of Show truck class had Victor, of Destiny, take Third place with his '67 C10. Mister's sleek '59 El Camino earned Second place, and Big V, from XPLICIT, took Top Honors with his radical '02 Dodge. The Best of Show Bomb Class showcased Javier Perez, of Old Memories, taking home Third place honors, while Rudy Rodriquez's '37 Chevy came in Second place, and Felipe of Slow 'n' Low CC took the First place trophy for Best Bomb of Show. The ever-popular Traditional Best of Show class showed strong with a beautiful '57 Bel Air from Imperials CC taking Third place. Gordo from Klique CC and his '62 bringing in Second place, and Able Zavala, of Imperials CC, won First place with his crisp and clean '64 Impala. The Best of Show car winners were Carlos Quezada's 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood claiming Third place, Melos's '61 Impala taking Second place, and Best of Show Top Honors going out to Nano Nevarez, with his golden glow '58 Impala from New Breed CC.
It was great to see the El Paso crowd truly enjoying the Bump 'n' Shine show, and the city's genuine hospitality. From start to finish, this show had an old school flavor, mixed in with hip-hop and freestyle action, centered on showcasing the entertainment, music, cars, and people involved with lowrider culture! To all the volunteers and staff who made this show happen, we thank you! Chuco was a great place to visit and its lowrider roots are long and strong. For those of you who might wonder why El Paso is called Chuco? Many say our lowrider roots come from the first Pachucos, but that history is for another LRM Feature.