Presentations, plaque awards, rings, dinner celebrations with family and friends, dancing, and lifetime accomplishments were all important puzzle pieces to this year's Long Beach Hilton-hosted Lowrider Hall of Fame 2010 Induction. Ralph Fuentes, "Lifetime Honor," "Crazy" George Luna, "Leadership Honor," Andy Douglas, "Craftsmanship Honor," "Big Rich," "Memorial Honor, and Alberto Lopez,"Visionary Honor," were all recognized for their years of continued devotion and reflections in Lowrider history and culture. This year's grand event also included the Hall of Fame inductions of the iconic cars from memories past, known as "Masterpieces." Mando Estrada's '78 Cadillac, "Brandy Madness," Donald Zavala's '77 Grand Prix, known as the "Entertainer," and the mini truck sensation that started it all, Joe Fontanilla's "Raw Deal" were all recognized with this new honor. There were certainly some unforgettable times enjoyed on this momentous occasion. Emotional speeches, handshakes, photo flashes, and the all-night music that played were definite highlights, but the one thing that stood out the most, as any and all of the other years of the Hall of Fame can attest to, was the fact that all of the friends, families, and car clubs who attended became one unified group. Each and every person inside those doors appreciated every effort and milestone that came from these special individuals who received their awards of honor.
The Majestics' D-Mack was handed a torch that burns with everlasting tradition, and he holds that torch way up high for his mentors and his members to see. I've come across this guy quite a few times when things were out of whack and confusing with magazine issues. He is for real, and diplomatic to a certain extent, only to protect his club. He is an "Image" of respect for all, and to all the members of the Majestics and their chapters, his duty is to keep them rolling "from the streets to the show." If you ever come across any of their members, they will treat you with respect, just like the one and only D Mack. In our Image segment, you will find out why.
The Leal brothers come from an artistic family, and were raised by their father under the stern work and ethics of auto body and repair. That type of work molded David Leal, Sr., and he certainly passed it down, as the Leal boys come from "Big Texas" and carry an even bigger list of cars that they have created over the years. In 1972, they also established the well-known car club, Taste of Latin. Through his work and dedication, David creates a style that makes him a Lowrider "Original" in this month's feature. Cruising the streets defines who he is today - a loving husband, father, custom painter, and a community activist.
The Ultimate Riders are the ultimate Lowriding family in our "Car Club" section this month. They earn the right to be known as a "Lowrider Club," not "a Black club." In Lowriding, it is not the color of your skin that matters; it is your car club colors and the badass candies on your automobiles that truly define who you are. No matter any issues, this club is all about rolling from town to town, state to state, and minding their own business while taking care of business at any show they pull up to. They are one big beautiful family, as Lowriding has no color barriers. Trust me, if you have switches under your dash, then we all have the same bloodlines.
God Bless our Lowrider Friend and Pioneer, Fernando Ruelas, his family, and the Dukes.