Bernie's Car Show Coverage: 2016 Los Magnificos Car Show

Nov 28, 2016

Los Magnificos Car Show is one of Houston's most dependable car shows. Started back in 1982, Los Magnificos has grown to become one of the most largest custom car shows with over 650 cars as a part of the show. Although there's four Los Magnificos shows in the state of Texas, Houston is the flagship show- the one that everyone wants to be a part of...

I was first introduced to Los Magnificos in 2012, when one of the guys at 713 Motoring told me about it. After doing some research about it, I knew I had to go. After four years, on November 20th, I was able to experience my first Los Magnificos (and also my first Houston) car show. Everything was new to me, I saw slabs, daytons, and PLENTY of lowriders. I saw some familiar car clubs- Nokturnal, Xplizit, and Swift car clubs, but I was introduced to some new car clubs like HouTex Ryders, Illegal Toys, and City Style. There were a lot of vehicles where the doors were altered- gullwing, suicide, Lamborghini style, rotating, and down (you'll see what I mean). A couple of vehicles had PSA announcements in the trunk. But most importantly, I noticed a LOT of Texas pride- between the customizations on the vehicles and also the attendees wearing their finest Texas attire. All in all, I felt like I was in a Paul Wall video.

Houston won me over with this show, and I definitely have to return next year for their 35th annual show. I had a great time at the show, the only complaint I had was that the NRG Park has horrible lighting. It's too warm. The 2016 Los Magnificos Car Show was a great way to end of my 2016 car show season. To see more photos, check out Bernie's 2016 Los Magnificos Car Show Gallery.

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: 2016 SEMA Show

Nov 8, 2016

Judging by the photo above, it's hard to believe that just 15 hours prior, the 2016 SEMA show ended. The Speciality Equipment Marketing Association trade show allows those in the automotive industry to see what's new and the latest trends as well as how the product enhances the look of a vehicle, network with companies, learn how to grow your business in various ways, and also hobnob with some celebrities in the automotive world. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, attendees from as far as the other side of the world gathered to celebrate what was SEMA's 50th Anniversary last week....

...and I was there to take it all in. The 2016 SEMA show was my seventh show, but every first Tuesday in November (sometimes it's the last Tuesday of October), I cry tears of joy when the monorail that I'm on arrives at the Convention Center and I'm staring down at all of the cars. Sounds a little dramatic, but I literally want to hug random strangers because that's how excited I am. Yes, I live for SEMA.

This year, I noticed a lot of Nissan GTRs, Lamborghini Huracans, Ferraris (but only the 458, 488, and dare I say it- the LaFerrari), and McLarens as the vehicles on display, widebody cars and trucks in general, full sized pickup trucks- you know- Dodge Ram, Ford F-250/F-350, Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, vehicles wearing Rotiform, Forgiato, or Vorsteiner wheels, vehicles with Toyo Tires, vehicles with Accuair suspension, a few Porsches- half of which had the increasingly popular Rauh-Welt Begriff body kit (the other half were the 918, 911R, and GT3RS models), and then I noticed some vehicles that refused to fit in the categories above. Oh, and my personal opinion- best use of booth space was a tie between Vossen Wheels and their maze of signatures which led you into their private gallery with a bartender in the middle and the chic Giovanna Wheels' black and white booth. Basically the booth was split diagnally black and white with three black and white cars parked in the middle- and no, I'm not being biased because they used my favorite colors.

Originally, I intended to have multiple posts about the 2016 SEMA Show, but I haven't had the chance to create them. Unfortunately, this is the only SEMA recap I could do. To see the rest of my photos, check out Bernie's 2016 SEMA Show Gallery: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 (each day has it's own gallery).
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