In recent years there has been a resurgence of car clubs in the Permian Basin area, with a united focus on their communities through fundraisers, local car shows, and toy drives. The Impalas car club, Midland chapter, decided to make their presence known this year by presenting a larger scale event with partial proceeds to be donated to a local child with NMO Disease (Devic's Syndrome). "With only a few months into preparing for our first car show, it looked like we had everything dialed in by show time ...," mentions club rep Eric Mancha, who added, "... everything but the weather." The events planned were not immune to the heavy rains predicted throughout the weekend; the severe weather definitely challenged the club's patience and fortitude on their first outing. However, as many West Texans know, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes—it will change." With a stroke of luck and some well wishes, the weather decided to have a change of heart on Saturday morning, September 28, for a great sun-filled show at the Midland Horseshoe Complex.
Wimpy's Customs headed up the car hop competition with over a dozen entries striving to take home not only bragging rights, but also a $400 prize in each category. After an impressive showing by all of the competitors in the hop pit, the top Street Class winner was Josh Mancha of Low Obsession and the Radical Class champion was Sergio Ramirez of TruRydaz, both taking the Tall City titles to neighboring Odessa. After the hop, spectators were treated to the Vision Audio sound off, a washer-pitching tournament organized by Roland Stone with $600 in prize money to be had. In addition, there was also an arena showcasing the area's best builds with custom rides coming in from as far away as Lubbock and San Antonio.
After the judges' tabulations, the show's top winners were given to Julian "Juju" Gonzales of Midtown's Finest for the Best Bike category and Lupe Palacio's full-custom Monte Carlo of USO West Texas took home Best of Show. Around midday, a concert kicked off with area rap artists, including local favorite SMUC. Headlining the show was H-town's own Flatline and Dirty3rd recording artist Charlie Boy featuring tracks from his latest compilation CD "Still Here".
Impalas of Midland wish to thank all the local sponsors, Basin Graphics of Midland, and especially the "Impala Mamas" in helping make the inaugural show a complete success. Be sure to mark your calendar for July 19 to be a part of the second Annual event! Paz, Tejas.