Photos: Lowriders take over at ‘Super Show’ convention in Long Beach

Hundreds of cars filled the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday for the 2022 Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show, a showcase of the lowrider community from Long Beach and beyond.

The show at the Long Beach Convention Center sold out due to the overwhelming response for vehicle space exhibit entries, which prompted organizers to acquire outdoor space adjacent to the venue, according to the organizers’ website, Lowrider Experience. Attendees flooded the venue as well.

María Dolores Marcías, 64, came from Pomona to the convention with her husband, who is part of the Oldies Car Club in San Diego. Macías said she grew up with a prominent lowrider culture alongside her brothers. But aside from admiring the cars for their uniqueness and beauty, Macías, who identifies as Chicana, said it’s important to keep this culture alive.

“Never lose your roots, language and tradition,” she said.

Crowds fill rows of the vendor section during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Salinas resident Maribel Ortega poses in rockabilly-Mexican fusion clothing during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

San Diego resident Marisol Gutiérrez wears hoop earrings spelling “Que Chula” during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Attendees walk past a car on display with the license plate spelling “FIRME 48” during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. In Chicano slang, “firme” can mean cool or tough. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A food truck zone hosts more cars on display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Two men admire a car during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

The engine of a car is on display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Almost spotless clean, a view from under a car is on display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A man peeks inside a hood of a car on display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A motorcycle rotates on a moving display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A man bursts into laughter after another shows off the back of his tank during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Parts of a bicycle on display reflect on a mirror during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A bicycle on display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

An elaborate paint job sparkles on display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Attendees walk past vibrant cars on display during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Two patrons groove to music played by a DJ during the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Rims of a displayed car glimmer under indoor light at the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show in the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A highly adorned car greets attendees near the entrance to the Lowrider Los Angeles Super Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

 

To follow more lowrider conventions by this vendor, visit lowriderexperience.com.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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