NATIONAL CITY, Calif. – After an unsuccessful pilot program to bring back cruising in National City earlier this year, the lowrider community came together to show off their cars for a good cause.

Groupe Car Club hosted a car show in National City Saturday with more than 100 lowriders in the lot.

“Obviously we can’t cruise, but this is what we do and this is how people can see, you know,” said Henry Samaniego, president of Groupe Car Club. “People call it art. It’s just our style.”

The car show was a reunion between friends and also a fundraiser for the Heartland Youth, a program for second chances.

“Dropouts, people that come out of juvenile hall, possibly even jail,” said Samaniego of the people helped by the program.

“We are a really tight-knit family – so if something happens, we support each other – every car club supports each other,” said Samaniego.

Michael Ochoa, president of the Crowd Car Club, says he hopes National City will lift the ban on cruising.

See below for a gallery of some of the flashiest cars on the lot:

“I just want to show off my artwork, that is my passion and what I worked hard for,” Ochoa said.

In the meantime, Ochoa says he drives around other areas in San Diego with his family. It is a lifelong passion he had with his father, who recently died.

“I don’t want to say nothing bad about council or the mayor or anything like that,” he said. “Hopefully they will go ahead and open it up and give us a chance.”