Garcia is passionate about lowriders---so passionate that he's the owner of a 1971 Monte Carlo lowrider and a member of the "Switch San Diego" car club. 2019 was the second year that the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals car show hosted the PPG Lowrider Palace. The 19th annual show was held April 5--7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA.
"PPG and Goodguys have been big supporters of the Lowrider community," said Garcia. "We're hoping to do this again next year, and for many years to come. These cars have very impressive decorations, including etching on the chrome and gold leaf pinstriping. Some of the car's undercarriages are decked out in chrome and pinstriped paint. These cars are not daily drivers; you won't see them on the street. You'll only see them in car shows like this, mostly only indoors. They are really works of art."
Last year, when asked about the first installation of the Lowrider Palace, Ed Capen, vice president, sales and sponsorship for Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, said, "We're very excited about the PPG Lowrider Palace. The lowrider phenomenon is big; it's moving across the country. Lowrider owners are very serious about their cars. The build quality is excellent, the details they attend to are amazing, and they look fantastic. Lowriders are in the same league as the customs and street rods you see at our shows.
"We had a lot of people commenting on how nice these cars are, and how great it is that PPG and Goodguys are sponsoring the PPG Lowrider Palace. It's a good opportunity for everyone to come out and see what happens in the lowrider community. These cars are from Coachella Valley, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, all over southern California. What's more, we are planning a car hop next year."
A few of the many impressive lowriders shown at the event were the "Rag daddy 64" owned by Mike Ochoa (paint by Southside Customs), 1959 Chevrolet owned by Danny Damian of National City, CA, and "Rumors Monte Carlo" owned by Orlando Ceballos of "Rollerz Only" car club. Of course, a lot of Chevy Impalas were shown, as the Chevy Impala is the car most often used as a lowrider. However, many other gorgeous vintage cars and trucks were displayed.
With more than 70,000 active members, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is one of the world's largest rod and custom associations. The organization produces automotive events across the country. PPG is the official paint supplier to the organization and exhibits at all national and many regional Goodguys events. There, PPG displays the latest automotive refinish products, hottest colors and custom tones, unique pigments and special-effect finishes available from the ENVIROBASE® High Performance, Vibrance Collection and DELTRON® lines as well as other PPG brands.