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By Lookout Staff

September 8, 2022 -- More than 200 classic cars, some dating back to the 1930s, will roll in to the Santa Monica Pier Saturday for a celebration of LA's famous low rider culture.

Presented by the Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) the 2nd Annual Santa Monica Classic Car Show is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PYFC Classic Car Show

The event will benefit youth services and after-school programming for underserved youth in Santa Monica and Los Angeles County, organizers said.

The family-friendly show, which was attended by more than 1,000 people last year, brings "unity and awareness to the community that lowriding culture still thrives in the Westside of Los Angeles."

The cultural celebration takes place “at a time when underprivileged residents of all backgrounds, especially Latino and African American residents, are being pushed out of Westside communities due to gentrification," said City Councilmember Oscar de la Torre.

"We feel that unity, awareness and visibility are needed more than ever," said de la Torre, who helped originate the event. "This car show is necessary to celebrate our region’s cultural diversity that is at risk of extinction.”

This year's live entertainment features LA-based bands and special guest DJs, including House of Vibe, DJ Demo, DJ Ernie G, DJ Ed-Vinyl and Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico.

Food will be provided by The Albright, as well as vendors with unique items, organizers said. There will also be raffle prizes.

"Through this family-friendly event we plan to educate and inspire everyone, especially our youth, to have pride in our culture and to contribute to the continuation of this beautiful art form that we know as low rider culture,” said Charlie Chacon, creator of "West Los the Documentary."

All solo riders and car clubs can register online for $40 or $50 at the Pier on Saturday. Roll-in time from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. will be strictly enforced.

For more information, email picoyouth@gmail.com or call (310) 592-9848.


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