Bernie's Car Show Coverage: Bernie's Best of 2019

Jan 6, 2020

First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone Happy New Year!!!! After the success of the Best of 2018 post last year, I decided to bring it back. 2019 was very interesting to say in the least. 26 car shows, 2 block parties, 2 rallies, 2 swap meets, one trip to a museum and one semi-illegal street shut down in a total of six states (Georgia, New York, New Jersey, California, Nevada, and North Carolina). This year I've seen it all.

Custom 1966 Chevy Impala SS Lowrider at the Pomona Swap Meet

To switch things up this year, I began and ended my car show season in the sunny state of California. I can always count on California to reaffirm my love of cars while being envious of their great weather. I started the season at the Pomona Swap Meet- an absolute staple in the Los Angeles Car Culture. I was so excited to attend the show, but I went to Los Angeles during one of the few days where they actually experienced rain.  Pomona Swap Meet still went on and I had the opportunity to see some great cars and watched as people scrambled to get a part that will bring them one step closer of a finished ride.

Lamborghini Huracan from the Atlanta PC Blast rally stop

McLaren 720S, Lamborghini Urus, and Lamborghini Aventador SJV at the Atlanta Goldrush Rally stop.

For the first time (in a long time) two rallies stopped in Atlanta. A rally is where luxury/exotic car owners drive to some of the biggest cities where they meet fans, party, and if they’re lucky- they get about 3-4 hours of sleep a night. They actually drive- not a small distance like driving from Long Island to Manhattan. They drive about 6-7 hours but they have fun along the way. Back in March, PC Blast made their faithful return and in June, Goldrush Rally made their long-awaited return (it's been nine years since they were last in Atlanta).

DJ Envy at the DJ Envy and Lincoln Tech Drive Your Dreams Car Show

Team Salomone's custom wrapped Lamborghini Aventador SVJ at DJ Envy and Lincoln Tech's Drive Your Dreams Car Show

Another milestone was making my return to attend a car show in New Jersey. It's been about 9 years since I went to a car show in the Garden State. In 2018, DJ Envy announced that he was going to start doing car shows. I didn't go to the first Drive Your Dreams car show since it was too close to SEMA. Thankfully, Envy moved the date for the show to closer to his birthday, which is early September. I’ve listened to Envy for years, so I had an idea of what to expect out of this show. I knew I would see a lot of luxury and exotic cars. I wouldn’t expect anything less. And I was not disappointed.

Customized Dodge Charger at the Dub Car Show in Fontana, California

1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme at the 2019 Torres Empire Lowrider Show in Los Angeles, California

During my second trip to Los Angeles, I went to two shows- the Dub Car Show in Fontana, California and the Torres Empire Lowrider Show. Both shows were interesting. The Dub Car Show was a nighttime show, while the Torres Empire Lowrider Show holds the title of being the largest indoor lowrider show in the world. I showed up to the Los Angeles Convention Center on time and stayed until an hour AFTER the show ended and I still didn't see all the cars. The show is always held in Bradley Hall which is 347,000 square feet. Do you know how many cars can fit in a room that size and still have plenty of space for a stage?

Chevy Caprice Classic on Amani Forged at the 2019 Stuntfest Show

Blacked out Chevy Chevelle on Forgiato Wheels at the 2019 King of the South Mega Show

I went to Stuntfest and Official Street Whipz' King of the South Mega Show. I went, photographed a ton of cars, had plenty of fun, nothing bad to say. Went to both of their block parties, photographed a ton of cars, had plenty of fun, nothing bad to say. Looking forward to both of their 2020 shows where I can go, photograph a ton of cars, have plenty of fun, where I will have nothing bad to say.

Los Angeles' inspired Chevy Bel Air at the 2019 Krazy Vatos Lowrider Show

Chevy Impala on Corleone Forged Wheels at the 2019 Whips By Wade's Certified Summer Car Show

June 15th, 2019- the day I put a lot of miles on my Dodge Charger driving from one car show to another. The first show was Krazy Vatos Lowrider Show, which is always a breath of fresh air. Lowriders are rare in Atlanta so it's amazing that I can go to a lowrider show that is not on the West Coast. I left the Krazy Vatos show to drive to the bottom of 285 (that sounds very Atlantaish. I should have said I drove to the other side of Atlanta) to attend Whips By Wade Certified Summer Car Show. Aside from the location and the weather, the show was pretty much the same and he kept the same rule- no unfinished projects and stock cars are allowed into the show.

Slammed Mercedes G63 on Rotiform Wheels at the 2019 SEMA Show

Matte Black McLaren Senna on rose gold Giovanna Wheels at the 2019 SEMA Show

There's that one show that has the special place in my heart, and I can't recap my year without mentioning it. This year was my 10th consecutive SEMA show. SEMA isn't a car show, it's a trade show since it's not open to the public and business is conducted, despite being in Las Vegas. However, I refer to the outside portion as a car show since there’s food, entertainment, awards are given, etc. I can never, ever complain about SEMA. I’m around great people who share some of the same similarities as I do and photograph great vehicles while enjoying some great weather. What's there to complain about?

1949 Oldsmobile 88 at the Long Beach Swap Meet

Finally, I ended the car show season the same exact way I started it- outside of Los Angeles at a swap meet, photographing cars and watching people scramble to get a particular part so that they're one step closer to have a completed ride. This time I went to the Long Beach Swap Meet.

Just an average Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

The Rim Shop of Charlotte's display at the 2019 Dub Car Show: Charlotte

Porsche RSR at the October's Caffeine and Octane Show

The amazing thing about 2019 is that I went to 26 car shows, 2 block parties, 2 rallies, 2 swap meets, one trip to a museum and one semi-illegal street shut down in a total of six states and I have no reason to complain. I've said enough, here's Bernie's Best of 2019.

All in all, I’m grateful for the experiences that 2019 has brought me. Thank you for the support and stay tuned for 2020. I can't tell you what shows I'm going to, but I will say that one of the shows I am going to is in a city that I've never, ever, ever been to. I've been to that state, but not that particular city.
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: 2019 SEMA Show

Nov 25, 2019

As we all know, I've been to a lot of car shows. But there's that one show that holds a special place in my heart. I hold the Speciality Equipment Marketing Association trade show (better known as SEMA) on a pedestal. And here's why...

On November 5th to the 8th, over 150,000 people gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 53rd annual SEMA Show.  SEMA 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.

This year was my 10th SEMA Show. I’ve said it many, many times that “I live for SEMA”. Barely surviving off of three hours of sleep, I could not stop smiling when I arrived at the Convention Center. Once I’m done crying tears of joy, I dive right into the chaos- I meet great people who share some of the same similarities as I do and photograph great vehicles while enjoying some great weather.

What did I see? I'm so glad you asked. There were a lot of Toyota Supras. Toyota always has an area and about 80% of their vehicles that were in the Toyota area were Supras. Supras were definitely the car of SEMA. The runner up to the car of SEMA: seasoned Chevy Impalas. Like the past few years, there were a ton of full size trucks on lifted suspension and plenty of vehicles lowered with Accuair Suspension.  Toyo Tires was definitely the tire of choice and the Hoonigan area went through them like crazy. Paint is kinda coming back, but wraps are reigning supreme. Rotiform Wheels was the smartest company there- they didn't have a booth, but oddly enough, they had the largest representation there. There were less supercars compared to last year- of course there were Ferraris and Lamborghini, however I've only seen (and bonded with) one Pagani Huayra.

Sorry for the hold up, I had a family emergency that delayed the release of this post. To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie's 2019 SEMA Coverage: Sneak Peek, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 4. I decided to shoot a vlog for Day 3. This year was a little different because I didn't cry (like I usually do) at SEMA Ignited. Normally SEMA marks the end of my car show season, but I decided to delay it (by two days) by ending the season where I started it.

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: Photos from the 2019 DJ Envy and Lincoln Tech Drive Your Dreams Car Show

Sep 13, 2019

On September 7th, I traveled back to New York to attend DJ Envy and Lincoln Tech's Drive Your Dreams Car Show.

Just to backtrack a bit, DJ Envy is a New York based DJ who just happens to love cars. Last year, Envy decided to put on his first car show. The honest truth of why I didn't attend was because it was too close to SEMA. After the success of the show, he stated that he wanted to change the date of the future show to occur closer to his birthday- which is early September. Staying true to his word, the show went on a few days after his birthday at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

After seeing the photos from last year's show, I knew I had to go, especially since he moved the date. I've listened to Envy for years, so I had an idea of what to expect out of this show. I knew I would see a lot of luxury and exotic cars. I wouldn't expect anything less.

After walking around the Meadowlands Exposition Center, I noticed something. The room was packed- just enough room for venders, food, the stage, and the red carpeted VIP area (again, I wouldn't expect anything less from Envy).  The vehicles were an eclectic mix-  there were luxury, exotic, motorcycles, American muscle, classic, tuner/imports. All of the vehicles had something in common.... they were all vehicles with high quality customizations. I didn't see any chipped paint, scuffed wheels, snagged wrap, torn seats, and/or rust. I almost shed a tear.

Aside of seeing the majority of Envy's personal car collection, I got to see personal cars of the one and only CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees (I had to list him first. Go Yankees), Michael Strahan, 50 Cent, Styles P of the LOX, Offset of the Migos, Pusha T, and then there's this enthusiast...

Curren$y brought 3 cars from New Orleans to the show. I kept saying personal because these are actually their cars. I've been to car shows where they put signage of celebrities names next to some random cars.  All in all, I had no reason to complain. But I left before it got too crowded. Bernie doesn't do crowded indoor spaces.

To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie's 2019 DJ Envy and Lincoln Tech's Drive Your Dreams Car Show gallery.

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: Photos from the 2019 Torres Empire Lowrider Show

Jul 31, 2019

The weekend of July 20th, I made my faithful return to Los Angeles to attend not one, but two car shows. I’m going a little out of order, but I decided to do coverage on the second show first. 

After a four year hiatus, I covered my third Torres Empire Lowrider Show. I had a lot of fun attending the 2011 and the 2015 shows, and thankfully, nothing has changed with this show. It was still held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the room was completely filled with cars and bikes (FYI: Bradley Hall is 347,000 square feet. That is not a small room), crowd still went crazy over the live performances, Torres Empire still held onto their level of standard of the cars that could be a part of the show,  and most importantly- it was still the largest indoor lowrider show in the world.

I said it once, and I'll say it again- "My automotive heart has a special place for lowriders. Although they’ve been around forever, the concept of lowriders is still somewhat new to me. I grew up in New York and let’s be real… there’s no lowriders in New York, especially not on Long Island.  I grew up around tuners and luxury/exotic cars." What I respect the most about Lowriders is that attention to detail. I never had an opportunity to customize a car, but it's obvious that there's a high level of detail in customizing a lowrider.

Walking around Bradley Hall, I saw some familiar vehicles... I did see cars from past Los Angeles car shows, I saw two vehicles from the 2018 SEMA show, and oddly enough... I saw two cars that I photographed in Atlanta, one of which- I just saw at the Krazy Vatos Car Show last month.

I really enjoyed my time emerging myself into Los Angeles culture. It's not Los Angeles automotive culture, it's a part of their overall culture.

If the sneak peek wasn’t enough, feel free to check out Bernie’s 2019 Torres Empire Lowrider Supershow gallery. Thank you for the hospitality, Los Angeles. I will be back.

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: Photos from the 2019 King of the South Weekend

Jul 22, 2019

On July 13th and 14th, Official Street Whipz held their famous King of the South Weekend. Atlanta only has one automotive filled weekend- it’s always in July and the V-103 Car and Bike Show falls on a Saturday, and on the very next day, Official Street Whipz has their King of the South Show.

For the second year in a row, I do not have any V-103 Car and Bike Show photos to show off. Last year I couldn't score a media pass in time for the show. This year, they decided not to have the show (hopefully they're restructuring it). Thankfully it left Official Street Whipz run the weekend. Last year, I had fun at the block party, even though I didn't know what to expect. Naturally I decided to show up again this year.

It was packed, but it was a good packed, not the type of packed where the fire marshall has to come.   It was so packed, it took up the entire shopping center (including the parking lot of Pizza Hut,  Zaxby's, and Wells Fargo), it took up the BP gas station in front of the shopping center, it took up the Chevron gas station across the street, AND the Walgreens diagonal from BP. So yes, it was packed.

The very next day was the actual car show at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where it’s been faithfully held since 2015. Car enthusiasts got to show off what their cars are made of in three ways- how the car looks, how it performs on the race track, and how it sounds- meaning the audio system.

Like last year, I’ve noticed a lot of vehicles with excellent paint jobs and wraps, a lot of vehicles on Forgiato, Amani Forged, Rucci Forged, Corleone Forged, and Dub Wheels, there were donks, donks, and more donks, plenty of Ang’s family members (Ang is short for Angela, which is the name of my Dodge Charger and by family members, I mean other Dodge Chargers and Challengers), a lot of Box Chevys, a lot of G-Bodies, and one more thing- there were a lot of donks there… in every color.

Despite the heat (shoutout to my BFF- this portable air conditioner), I had a great weekend and of course, I will be back AGAIN next year. Enough talking because I know my photos are far more interesting than what I have to say. To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie's 2019 King of the South Mega Show gallery.
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