IMPERIAL – The low rider community is a culture that often conjures up images of men dressed in Dickies and plaid shirts cruising down the street and listening to oldies. But one local group has set out to change that stereotype by making car clubs into a family event.
Since 1979, La Gente del Valle Imperial has been working hard to redefine what it means to be in a car club. The group recently celebrated its 23rd Annual La Gente Super Show at the Imperial Fair Grounds, on Saturday.
â€œIt’s what we do as a hobby, but as a hobby, we all unite to do something positive for the community,â€ said Antonio Camacho, president of Gente Del Valle Imperial Car Club.
According to Camacho, the event, which spanned three buildings, costs about $10,000 to put together. Profits from the event is then put back into the community to help fund youth sporting events, as well as aiding families experiencing hardships such as a death in the family.
For many members of the community, the Local Car Club has become a family affair.
â€œI do it for my kids. Itâ€™s a family thing, Itâ€™s the way we bond,â€ said Finest Imperial Valley Car Club member Jesse Aleman from Brawley.
Aleman attended the event with his daughters Andrea, 17, and Anyssa, 8. Both girls entered their own customized bikes into the car show as well.
Spectators also joined in on the fun. Young Joey Carpio was able to cruise down the hallway in style with a custom built stroller built and painted by his Tata Pifas to look like a low rider car.
The event welcomed everyone to bond over a common passion for cars, community, and the lowrider culture.[envira-gallery id=”66945″]