This month's Raza Report segment in the August Lowrider issue takes us through a pilgrimage that journeys its way up an old footpath worn in the soil for decades by millions of feet; a path that would still be visible, if not for the paved road it sits on today. This road stretches for hundreds of miles to the destination that is "El Santuario De Chimayo". It's a small adobe church in the northern part of New Mexico that is frequently visited by tens of thousands in prayer each year. The Holy place was built on sacred grounds where a Crucifix was once buried. The first worshipers to have visited the area were Native Americans, Spaniards, and Mexicans, and now there are worshipers visiting from all nations. These visitors are greeted by works of Hispanic art and several Santos and religious Frescoes as well. This church is believed to have spiritual and physical healing powers, which are sought after by the many religious believers who make this pilgrimage in the hope of curing what ails them. There are many legends of "miracle healings" happening here, and crutches can be seen hanging from the walls in and around the church as evidence. Patronage of "El Santuario De Chimayo" has become tradition for Lowriders as well, as constant caravans come from all around to visit this sacred ground. The dedication to their Faith cannot be questioned, as they sometimes ride through the snow to be there for Good Friday, and to visit this Shrine and receive blessings. There are times in life when we ask God for things and the answers aren't what we would like to expect, but they are usually what we need.
The Mexico of Old, is remembered succinctly by Vicente Fernandez. His repertoire is pure Ranchera, as he romanticizes audiences of all ages with the timeless music that represented the way of life in Mexico's historic rural ranches, revolutions, and philandering caballeros. For 35 years, this Mexican singer, actor, and producer also known to his fans as "Chente," has constantly filled stadiums and venues. He is able to melt all women, and destroy some men with moving ballads such as "Por Tu Maldito Amor." Pay a visit to our music section as we honor this Mexican cultural icon, who began his career by singing for tips on the streets, and has now sold over 50 million records worldwide.
The paramount list of men who were inducted into this up coming Hall of Fame class of 2010 will be as follows: The Craftsmanship Honor goes out to Andy Douglas, also known as the owner of Andy's Hydraulics of San Jose, CA. The Leadership Honor category will be awarded to "Crazy" George Luna, from the Viejitos Car Club. This year's Memorial Honor respectfully goes out to "Big Rich" Gonzalez and the Majestics Car Club. Lifetime Honor recipient for this year will be Ralph Fuentes, car club leader, car builder, and past editor of Lowrider Magazine. Alberto Lopez will receive the Visionary Award for his revival of Lowrider Magazine, and for taking the Lowrider movement to worldwide commercialization. Also, the Hall of Fame Committee will induct iconic Lowriders for the first time this year. Influential Lowrider vehicles from the past will be recognized as "Masterpieces." These legendary cars are known to all, like the '77 Grand Prix "Entertainer," "Brandy Madness," the '78 Cadillac from The Klique Car Club, and "Raw Deal," the mini truck that started it all with the car show competition revolution. Their owners will receive recognition and awards during this special celebration, which is set to take place September 11th at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel. Please make plans soon, as this year's HOF lineup is sure to be a sold out event!