Gambino Sit Down – A Kaleidoscope of Kustoms
The Gambino Sit Down is a unique one day gathering at San Jose’s Gambino Kustoms – a center of speed and chrome specializing in traditional customs and hot rods. Under the direction of Alex Gambino, the shop not only turns out award winning sleds, they offer metal shaping classes and do all they can to promote the old car hobby. The Gambino Sit Down is something the entire NorCal kustom community rallies around. They come to see the cars and check in with Gambino, somewhat of a Godfather figure in the region.
When you hear “The Sitdown” – you might picture a scene from a mob movie, but you would be mostly wrong. Nobody here is planning a hit, or selling you something that fell off a truck – there is nothing but love and respect here but also a firm belief in how these cars should be honored and celebrated. That said, you will often find some of the industry bosses here so to speak. See, The Sit Down isn’t a car show that’s letting anything and everything in just trying to pay for a venue and expenses. The Gambino Sit Down is actually the open house for Gambino Kustoms, which means it’s pretty much Alex’s way or you’re welcome to park in the street and walk in. As you can see above, Alex mans the gate like a nightclub watchman. You either get waived in or ya don’t!
The cars are of course the main draw, but not the only thing going on. There is live music, the grill is going and of course the raffle. The raffle not only includes items from Gambino Kustoms, but also has a huge variety of items donated by those that attend the event as well. Buying a raffle ticket here is about as close to a guarantee that you are going home with something cool as you can get.
The weather was your typical July summer day in the Silicon Valley. Nearing 90 with golden hills and plenty of sun, the Gambino Sit Down was a perfect way to join the family and chill with cool cars.