Car show celebrates family
by Nikki Chase / For the Tracy Press
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Father's Day car show
Scott Atencio, 39, and his daughter Cynthia, a 16-year-old sophomore at West High School, pose in front of Cynthia's low-rider bike at the Sinful Pleasures Father's Day Car Show on Saturday, June 15, in the West Valley Mall parking lot.  Nikki Chase/For the Tracy Press
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Cynthia Atencio proudly displayed her custom green and chrome bike on Saturday, June 15, as Scott Atencio stood nearby, enjoying the moment with his 16-year-old daughter.

Cynthia’s bike — which she personally designed and finished in three weeks — joined 150 lowriders for the second Father’s Day Car Show at West Valley Mall. The event was sponsored by Sinful Pleasures Car Club and the mall, 3200 Naglee Road.

“Spending time with my dad,” was one of the reasons the West High sophomore enjoyed building her bike.

Atencio, who is vice president of the club, said the 12-member car club wanted the event to reflect the importance of family and fatherhood.

“When it comes to lowriders, it’s all about family,” Atencio said. “We encourage you to bring your kids. Family is No. 1.”

The fancy rides were judged and scored in 40 categories, including Best in Show and Most Original. First and second places were awarded in each category, totaling 80 plaques handed out at the award ceremony concluding the car show.

Nikko Diggs, 46, traveled more than 600 miles from Portland with his wife and 1-year-old son to join the show. He won the Farthest Traveled Award.

“This is a trip for Father’s Day,” he said. “We’re going to about five or six other shows before we head back.”

Tracy residents Rafael Soares, 36, and wife Tiffany, 33, smiled as they watched their 7-month-old son, Cristiano, who was sitting in his father’s custom lowrider wearing a Sinful Pleasures Car Club “Newest Member” T-shirt.

“We had the shirt made for him,” Tiffany Soares said.

Another car enthusiast showing off his family project was longtime Tracy resident and Traffic Car Club president Trino Alfaro Sr., 47, with his 7-year-old son, Trino Alfaro Jr.

Alfaro has lived in Tracy since 1968, but his love for fixing up cars sparked in 1988 when he decided to fix up a 1958 Chevy Impala for his wife, Deserie, 41.

“The ’58 belonged to my wife’s family,” Alfaro said. “It sat in their backyard for 30 years, and then I picked it up and redid it.”

Trino Jr. treated a small crowd to a hydraulics show in the Impala, while his father coached him through the controls.

Alfaro also displayed an award-winning 1964 convertible Chevy Impala that took him four years and close to $125,000 to finish.

“It’s all chrome, engraved and custom painted,” he said. “It was all rotted when I bought it.”

The Sinful Pleasures Car Club hoped the show would dispel stereotypes associated with the low-rider community and car clubs.

“We wanted to bring something to the Tracy area to show people that all car levels could come together, without the problems people think lowriders bring,” Atencio said.

The show also included raffle prizes, music and vendors.

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