Community involvement is a huge part of the Lowriding culture that sometimes goes unnoticed and largely overlooked by the outside world. Car clubs regularly donate time and money to charities and community organizations in the communities they call home. Often, clubs participate in toy drives, donate time and money to a charity or hold car shows in conjunction with an organization to raise funds and awareness for a cause. The philanthropic endeavors that Lowriders involve themselves in are crucial to community relations and development.
One club who is fully aware of this is Dalton, Georgia’s Bounded car club, who teamed up with The GreenHouse, a child advocacy center to produce a car show that would benefit the center. The GreenHouse is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe place for children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse in the Dalton area and surrounding counties to receive support services. Since the organization is not for profit, it relies on funding and donations to keep the doors open. Bounded car club’s president, Rudy Zamora, is a GreenHouse board member and suggested a car show to not only raise funds for the GreenHouse but to also show the residents of Dalton, Georgia, the involvement his club and fellow Lowriders have in the community.
Rudy and the club selected the North Georgia Agricultural Fairgrounds for the show. Unbeknownst to Rudy, Hurricane Irene was headed up the Southeast Coast and was threatening to rain out the event, but in the morning of the show, the weather was perfect and Hurricane Irene continued on her way to the Northeast part of the country.
As we arrived at the fairgrounds from the hotel, we could see the grounds were already filled with car clubs from different parts of Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia’s Obsession car club showed up strong as always. Keith Whiter brought his LRM-featured 1964 Impala convertible, “Red Ride In Da Hood,” and Mike Wapniewski had his LRM-featured 1987 Buick Regal, “One 87” with the club’s line up as well. Livin It Up car club, Street Mentality car club, and Straight Dip’n all showed up to support the show.
There were also a number of vendors at the show selling food, music, car parts and collectables. Bounded and Sumo Entertainment brought out the legendary “Hispanic Causing Panic” Kid Frost all the way from Los Angeles. Kid Frost performed both old and new songs including “No Sunshine” and “La Raza.” After performing, Kid Frost took the time to sign autographs and take photos with his many fans.
Bounded also had a tug-of-war competition for the car clubs that were at the show. The winning club not only took home bragging rights, but they also took home some cash as well! Once the tug-of-war concluded, the show ended with the trophy presentation to all of the class winners. Although some left without a trophy, they were still happy to be a part of this inaugural event, especially because it was for such a good cause.
Stephanie and I would like to thank Rudy Zamora and the members of Bounded car club for their hospitality while we were there for the show. Rudy and the club were the perfect examples of “Southern Hospitality.” They drove us around, fed us, and made sure we had everything we needed. Not only did we see a part of Georgia that we had never seen before, we made some new friends as well.