Bernie’s Car Show Coverage: 2018 Extreme Autofest and Cadillac Fest

Lowrider at the 2018 Extreme Autofest show in San Diego, California

Two years ago, I finally crossed Extreme Autofest off of my car show wish list. However, I was only able to spend 90 minutes at the show. This year was a little different. Although I was detained in Los Angeles for a few hours, I eventually found my way to San Diego to attend the 2018 Extreme Autofest show.

Chevy Impala at the 2018 Extreme Autofest Show in San Diego, California

I knew what I was in for and I was extremely glad that I attended. I saw some exquisitely customized lowriders- the detail in the paint, engraving, pinstriping, interiors, trunk space, etc. To be honest, I didn’t spend too much time in the tuner section- simply because I can see tuners in Atlanta. I really love going to the West Coast to see lowriders, lowrider inspired vehicles, classic and exotic cars… oh and the swap meet. I could never forget about the swap meet. Unfortunately the show started at 3, ended at 10, and the sun sets on the west coast at 8, which explains why the photos have a warm tone to them.

Old School Cadillac at the 2018 Cadillac Fest in the City of Industry, California

The next day, I overslept, missed Cars and Cafe, but made it to the City of Industry to attend Cadillac Fest. I found out about the show through DreamOn Photography’s instagram page and once again, I was happy that I attended. I underestimated how many people have lowriders that are Cadillacs- Coupe De Ville, Eldorado, Le Cabriolet, the Fleetwood, and I’m sure I forgot a few more models. 

Lowriding Cadillac at the 2018 Cadillac Fest in City of Industry, California

While I was in awe of this lowrider above, one of the attendees came up to me and said “if you like the cars here, there’s way more on Rosecrans and Broadway.” He went on to explained that there’s a car meet every single Sunday of nothing but lowriders. From there, I left the show, and drove over to Compton to see the cars…. and he was absolutely right. I drove through and was surrounded by nothing but lowriders, but I needed to check into where I was staying. One hour, 60 minutes, 3600 seconds, however you want to break it down, I returned to the meet where I witnessed LAPD clearing out Broadway. 

Chevy Impala on the corner of Rosecrans and Broadway in Compton, California

Everyone jumped in their cars and drove off (but bouncing the cars up and down in true Los Angeles fashion). And there I was- standing on the corner of Rosecrans and Broadway, contemplating if I should go up to LAPD and say “you couldn’t have waited until I took some photos.” Normally I would have, but then I remembered the difference between where I’m from vs where I live vs where I was at that moment. The only memory I had from that experience was this black Chevy Impala above.

Enough talking because I know you rather see some photos…


San Diego and Los Angeles, I had so much fun and I will see you, Los Angeles, sooner than you think. To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie’s 2018 Extreme Autofest gallery and Bernie’s 2018 Cadillac Fest gallery.

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