For Labor Day weekend, LA was host to another huge car show the weekend after our big LA DUB Show Tour stop as the Torres Empire Show sponsored by Mister Cartoon’s Sanctiond packed loads of custom Lowriders and more into the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. The 2nd annual, family-friendly Lowrider car show saw more than 7,000 attendees. Guests rom all over the world traveled to attend the highly-anticipated show, including a few from Australia, Canada, Chicago, New York and Miami. Hundreds of car clubs were in attendance, showcasing their very best candy-painted and chromed out rides, including notable Lowrider clubs, such as Elite CC, Majestics CC, Groupe CC and Southside CC. Sanctiond displayed Mister Cartoon’s infamous Ice Cream Truck that drew in admirers by the dozen, as well as featured their premium car care lineup. Performances by revered cruising Latin R&B acts Tierra and Brenton Wood topped of the fun-filled day that celebrated Lowrider culture and its family values. DUB was also on hand with a booth filled with lots of custom rides and loaded with DUB gear.
Here’s a mini interview with the show’s founder, Sam Torres:
How did the idea for car show come about, and bring it to Los Angeles?
Sam: When I was a little boy, I used to always see my older brothers getting their cars ready for a car show, and I would go to the shows along with them so I was fascinated by the cars. I remember how I used to sit on the porch outside with my cousins and talk about how I was going to throw the biggest Lowrider show in the world. I used to get excited talking about it to my cousins. We didn’t have much money and I’ll always remember my cousin encouraging me. He’d put his hand on my shoulder and tell me how one day it would happen. As far back as i can remember, throwing a Lowrider show has always been a goal of mine and sort of meant to be. I was brought up in LA and the Inland Empire so I know that the Lowrider movement is huge in Southern California, which is why I brought it out here from Texas where I first started it.
How was this year’s show better than previous ones?
Sam: I think everybody felt that family vibe and energy of the show. When you’re at the show, it feels and looks like you’re at a park. I want people to feel at home at the show and I really saw that this year.
What were your personal highlights for this year’s show?
Sam: To see my personal staff grab the show and handle it like it was their own personal show. Also to hear and see everyone tell me how it was a good show and that we did a great job not only to me, but the staff was also a huge highlight.
What other cities do you plan on expanding your car show to?
Sam: I plan on expanding my shows Miami, New York, Chicago and I’d like to go up and have one in Northern California. I’d also really like to go to different countries, such as Japan, Canada, Dubai and even Mexico. That’s what’s going through my mind!
For more info on the show, visit www.toressempire.com.