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October 16, 2019

Bomb Fest - Mission Bay

Street Tattoo Events hosted the 3rd annual Bomb Fest, this year at Playa Pacifica on Mission Bay.


Despite the name "Bomb Fest" nothing will blow up, the event is all about “... the Joy and Passion of Low Riding.” But not all lowriders are ‘bombs’ and not all bombs are lowriders.

Back in high school a car was called a bomb if it looked like it was about to fall apart or blow up.  It was hard to meet chicks in my mother's old bomb of a Corvair.

Today to be a ‘bomb,' the car must have top quality workmanship and perfect deep reflective paint.  As in - that car’s the bomb!

We saw the cars being trailer'd in on our way out to do the Ramona Grasslands hike.  On our return it was all set up.  Although still dusty from the trail we wanted to stop and check it out.


The event is open to all pre-1954 cars and trucks, but only the ‘Lowrider Bombs’ will be judged.  Car clubs from San Francisco, Los Angles, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico contributed to the 250 entries on display.
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The paint on this entry is burgundy in the sun, black in the shade, with hints of root beer walking around it.
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The detail of the chrome and air brush is amazing in this engine compartment.
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Certainly the best Halloween theme and it’s low, it's fun, but not a bomb.
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The truck is showing off its low/cruise positions.

The only entry with 'suicide doors' front and rear.

This old Metro bus was my favorite.  I picture it turned into a slammed RV with mile deep flawless yellow paint.  Its license plate reads Y.LOW.BUS – perfect, as the hydraulics let it rest on the ground.


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I like the simple and flawless paint on this Chevy truck.

This hearse is a bomb
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The term 'bomb' has referred to cars, before the zoot suit.  A perfectly outfitted couple couple for the occasion - aren't they the bomb?

Live music as well as other stages with a DJ, and favorite playlists over the amped up speakers of some of the cars on displays.

We had a long day and it was a good one.  Life in San Diego is lived outside, with always choices of things to do.  The British car clubs were also meeting today ... choices!

One last look a Bomb Fest as we head for home.

10 comments:

  1. A beautiful collection. Assume the don't get driven so low as a small rock could do a lot of damage.

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    1. LOL - In a parade they actually do! And show off their hydraulics too by bouncing a bit.

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  2. Another great festival. The collection is pretty cool along with the couple all dressed up.

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    1. It is amazing the workmanship put into these cars.

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  3. Pretty interesting! A new way to appreciate old cars. I think they're really neat to look at but I don't like it when they bounce....then they just look silly. Love the paint jobs!

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    1. I bet some of the paint jobs must cost as much as a new car. It takes a lot of passion to build a 'bomb'.

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  4. Love all the old cars there...

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    1. It was quite a display, most fully customized

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  5. Joe and I would certainly have enjoyed perusing the park and checking out all the old cars. Love the colors and attention to details! Speaking of Corvairs...Joe loved them! Spent the better part of a year turning a rustbucket Corvair he found in a chicken coop into an awesome hot rod. All was good until he was rear-ended!

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    1. Bet Joe was not in high school with his mom's hard-top automatic Corvair! A stick shift convertible would have been fun! The show was great!, no rock climbers but the passion and enthusiasm was obvious.

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