Music, motors at Latin Jazz Festival

first_imgIt also has a swamp cooler, the 1930s version of the air conditioner. A cylinder filled with water and equipped with a fan sits outside the car atop the back seat window. The contraption kept the original owners cool on a drive across the desert, but it doesn’t work anymore, Rios said. Still, the retired sanitation worker is proud of his ride – now he just wants to get it featured in Lowrider Magazine. “This car will stay in the family forever, it will just go from generation to generation,” Rios said. The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Felix Rosales, 48, of Pacoima. Rosales brought his grandson’s tricked-out bike, a cross-generational work of art. He did the welding on the bicycle, while his grandson sanded it down. Working on bikes is a good way to get young people into the culture of restoring cars, Rosales said. “After these guys build bikes, as they get older they start getting their own cars and it just keeps going and going,” he said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The oldest cars at the festival were from the 1930s, while the newer models were only a few years old. Old cars with running boards were parked near convertibles with intricate paint jobs. Cleto Sanchez, 37, of Mission Hills was showing off a black 1961 Chevy Impala. He got the car in 2003, one of 15 show cars that the construction worker has owned in his life. “It’s been in my blood since a kid, so I was 13 years old and I started working on cars, started liking it,” Sanchez said. “Actually I’m one of the first in my family to actually jump into this.” Peter Rios, 60, got a 1938 Buick Century five years ago, and he has been working on it ever since. The car has a feature not seen on more modern cars; a “passing eye,” with a sideview mirror facing another mirror, to allow the driver to see ahead into the adjacent lane, making it easier to pass a big truck. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Participants at the Latin Jazz Festival on Saturday danced, grooved to the music and made the most of a soggy day on Saturday. The Company Band, Rocky Padilla and friends and members of El Chicano serenaded the crowd, which numbered more than 1,000 over the entire day. Next to the muddy field where the musicians played, more than 40 show cars were on display. Across the lot, rows of trophies sat on a table for the winning cars. There were more trophies than cars, because the rain dampened turnout at the festival. “You guys are great – you are diehard supporters of the Latin Jazz Festival,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel from atop the musicians’ stage. “Think of it, if it wasn’t raining here how many people would be here.” last_img read more