Story and photos by Jay Villa
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This weekend we said goodbye to an old friend; Los Magnificos Car Show. For 37 years, Los Magnificos has not only been a staple of the Houston custom car show scene, but of the national car show scene. This LMP Show celebrated the memories of years past. Helen Carmona, the matriarch of Los Magnificos family, decided to retire and retire the show name as well.
Truly, it was a great run. Los Magnificos has been the source of many of our best memories over the years. Jon Chuck, WEGO Tour CEO says that even though the name is retiring, Houston will still hold a yearly show on the WEGO Tour as it has for many years, just with a new name. Will The LMP Supershow be the permanent name for the Houston WEGO Finale? Only time will tell.
As everyone knows, it’s been a hot minute since we’ve attended any car shows regularly. This year, we’ve only attended 3 so far; Spring Break Jam, Illegal Toys, and this show. Getting back to a show and seeing friends we haven’t seen in quite a while felt great – like a family reunion.
For the 3rd year in a row, the event was held at the Pasadena Convention Center, just on the outskirts of Houston. Approximately 250 of the area’s custom cars, trucks, bikes, and bicycles were on site for a perfect Sunday afternoon. Many of the top rides were housed inside the front hall. Outdoors in the arena area, spectators were treated to the sounds of many artists including Carley Coy of Dopehouse Records, and Lil’ Young of Swishahouse, who closed out the show.
There was a pre-show hop that took place the night before in Baytown, Texas, hosted by the boys of Baytown 281, so you can imagine that it was a special treat to see that there were hoppers on the show grounds ready to do their thing. Several hoppers came out to show skills on the switch to a packed hop pit of spectators. It was a decent and unexpected showing.
This is the last stop for the WEGO Tour for 2019. When asked, Jon said he hasn’t quite started to work on the 2020 show schedule just yet, but that he did want to make some changes for the future. What those changes are? Your guess is as good as ours. We would like to thank Jon Chuck, Dani and Eli Cancino, and of course Helen Carmona for working as hard as they all do to present top notch events. And moreover, we would like to thank them for always making us feel like family.