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August 2017 - Extras: 4th Annual Downtown Showdown Rod and Custom Car Show

Photo by Lu Sanchez

All you car enthusiasts, listen up! The 4th Annual Downtown Showdown Rod and Custom is coming to Albuquerque on September 9th at Cecilia’s Café (230 6th Street Southwest). This is the fourth year of this annual event. Event creator, Gary Aragon, saw this as a passion since he was young. “I have grown up with Classic cars all my life, I was raised in a bad neighborhood and cars were my way of staying away from my surroundings, my brother was the one who got me into the cars,” shared Aragon. “The show is a traditional hot rod show with radical customs of the 1950’s and 60’s. It’s always been an era I have loved and wanted to design a show.”

The event features some of Albuquerque’s nicest work in cars. “We offer a kick-off pre-party at a local Custom Car Shop called Joez Shop, giving people the opportunity to check out his work.” Attendees will have the chance to try some terrific food from Cecilia’s Cafe. “This is a welcoming get-together for all,” says Aragon. “But also shows the out-of-towners a great time. We have some well known Car Clubs and individuals from Arizona, Utah, California, Texas, and Colorado.

There will also be live music from The Shadowmen and Felix Y Los Gatos, with an awesome after-party at US Kustoms. Contact Gary at (505) 506-2918 for more details or visit their event page at

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