Don't throw stones if you live in a glass house. You just can't judge anyone unless you've been there, done that, and most of all, can prove it. The past doesn't matter, either. We live in the now, so the "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" philosophy is the only guideline we follow. If you're in a position to critique another individual in any way, you'd better have some experience to back it up. This holds true for car show judges, and for most of you guys out there involved in the car club scene, your officers who make up the car committee.

Car committee guys and judges alike define the standards a car must live up to, as they judge your aesthetics, your build quality, your originality, and so forth. These are the gatekeepers; they are supposed to decide whether your car is trophy worthy or not plaque worthy at all. That said, these types of guys are no one to tell you anything negative about your ride; unless they have experience and can back it up with a show car of their own! This is a key responsibility, so only the qualified need apply. After all, in a car club meeting, roll call is made and dues are paid, and then it is the car committee that chimes in with a checklist of certain named members who need to fix their paint, clean their white walls or windows, straighten out their grills and chrome strips, or re-chrome their bumpers. These rules apply to most car clubs who uphold standards of quality, in order for members to represent their club's name proudly in the back window of a vehicle. Though you should adhere to what the car committee officer tells you to do, him being right or wrong does not matter; what matters is being able to respect his opinion. You have to believe he is right, but the only way to trust that person's judgment is if they themselves have a car that raises the bar, or is at least in line with club standards and policies. If this isn't the scenario, then you have a case to cast a different vote when club elections come around, in order to bring about the proper change. Without experienced committee members, you cannot expect your club to achieve success, period. The same goes for judges. We pay entry fees to get into a show so that we can compete, and we do so under the assumption that someone who is worthy of the responsibility will judge us. Losses in competition inspire us anyway, but a loss to a judge who hasn't even built a car, let alone a Lowrider is the one loss we cannot accept. In conclusion here, we decided to feature a judge's car as the Lowrider Cover of the Month for February. Danny Ochoa's "Caliente '64" is certainly one car that we can rightfully judge, as this Society Car Club standout is certainly the product of experience and dedication. When you're done totaling up your own personal point system on this classic, don't hand Danny a trophy; just understand that whenever he judges your category vehicle, he can back it up. He's one of us; an owner of a well-built Lowrider with the experience to go along with it.