Hooniverse Weekend Edition: The 3rd Annual Bell Car Show, from Bell, California

Once again, we have a wild reader submission, and this time its Leo (SVT2888) who shot these images for CNCPICS. The Bell Car Show has something for everyone, from Classics, to Traditional Low Riders, to Wild Creations.

I asked Leo if he could describe the show in a little more detail, since I’m really on the other side of the country. He wrote me back, and said the following:

The event was the 3rd Annual Bell Car Show in Bell, CA. It really doesn’t have any other name. It basically showcased So Cal’s hispanic car culture. You had lowriders *new style and OG style*, you had DUB show type cars, some hot rods and you had your import here and there with a few DONKS managing to sneak in. There where also a few nicely restored classics there. There where also plenty of lowrider bikes being shown and being ridden around. They go hand in hand with the lowrider car culture after-all. It seemed as if half of East LA was in attendance as it was crowded throughout. The show closed down about a mile long section of Gage Blvd. The show was definitely a sharp contrast to the Concorso Ferrari that I had attended earlier, which was much quieter. Many of the cars here had music blaring. Like the Ferrari guys these guys shared a deep passion for their style of automobile. They poured thousands of dollars into making their cars their own. Many of the cars had super custom interiors draped in Ostrich and Crocodile with some other exotic leathers sprinkled into the mix here and there. The attention to detail on some of the cars is just amazing. This is a sector of the automobile customizing world that just doesn’t seem to get as much respect as the Hot Rod world but surely deserves it as they both sprouted around the same time in So Cal.

Leo has over 300 images in his CNCPICS album, so why not waste the entire afternoon going through them?

Image Source: CNCPICS.COM

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  1. Paul_y Avatar

    That low Econoline is now my windows wallpaper.
    I'm glad to see the old-school lowrider is not extinct. It's such an absurd genre of customization, but when done well, is strangely impressive.

  2. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Wow! That orange Caprice has one outstanding hood mural. In 3D, even!

  3. tonyola Avatar

    The white Cadillac is now a Coupe de Kill. But what is that scoopy thingy on the rear side window of the '56 Chevy? Looks like it would make a dandy high-speed Turbo-Bong. I love the gold/white two-tone, by the way.

    1. CptSevere Avatar

      That scoopy thing is an evaporative cooler, also known as a swamp cooler. It has water in it, and the air runs through some kind of saturated pad, evaporating the water and getting nice and cool. These only work in the West, where there's hardly any humidity. Trucks used to have roof mounted swamp coolers. Now that cars have A/C, you rarely see these. Swamp coolers are still very popular for home use, they're big louvered boxes mounted on the roof or exterior wall. They work great. I'll probably turn mine on later on this afternoon.
      Yeah, the Caddy is killer. I like that it's parked by the Liquor Store/Check Cashing joint. Between that car and that business establishment, you could get in a heap of trouble.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        A long time ago, I stayed in a cheap hotel in southern Nevada that had evaporative cooling instead of regular A/C. As I recall, it did a pretty good job of cooling the room. Wouldn't be much good here in humid Miami, though.

  4. dukeisduke Avatar

    When I was a kid, some here in Dallas had swamp coolers, but it's really too humid here, unless we're in a drought. There pretty cool-looking inside; they were usually near an outdoor faucet, that served as the water source. You would run a hose from the faucet to the unit, and it used a valve and a float to control the water level in the bottom.

  5. muthalovin Avatar

    I see quite a few murals on cars in Austin, but none are nearly as good as these. The Virgin Mary's 'round here are guaranteed to get the owner and painter into hell.

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