Baseball, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet are three different facets of Americana, each symbolizing life in this country in their own way. While there are conflicting stories about the origins of the first two, Chevrolet’s birth can be traced exactly 100 years ago, making this century birthday a milestone in American automotive history. All summer long, 100 Years of Bowtie stories will be told in celebration of Chevrolets by owners, collectors, designers, customizers, car club members, and garages full of friends and family during reunions and barbeques. From Hollywood film clips, videos, and classic songs, America has constantly expressed its ongoing love affair with Chevrolets. This year, Chevrolet celebrates its 100 year commitment to excellence, and we at Lowrider are happy to help acknowledge it. In upcoming issues, we will feature automobile and car show exhibits, and share stories, discuss topics, and spread photos of Lowrider enthusiasts who worship their Chevys like most people do their religions! If you would like to share your memories from the Chevrolets in your lifetime, whether they be Corvairs, ‘36 Suburbans, or even marriage carriages, please email us your hi-res digital photos and/or photos of old pictures and include a caption or a brief paragraph in regards to your stories with this iconic automobile brand to joe.ray@sorc.com. From the Continental kit to the bumper guards, the Bowtie logo has adorned the most iconic shapes of motoring. Lowrider Magazine, and the culture it represents, has been a photo album of recreated and restored Chevrolets for nearly 35 years. Thousands of ‘50’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70’s models from Bel Airs, Impalas, Caprices, and the bomb-era Fleetlines have been showcased all over the pages of Lowrider for the world to see. We can’t help but to be attracted and subsequently impacted by this legendary auto maker in our wonderful Lowrider culture.

From 1911 to 2011, Chevrolets have been family cars, muscle cars, hot rods, and for the Lowrider style, a way of life. Although all Americans have their own taste and style as to how a Chevy should be built and look its best, we offer those competitive hobbyists the best Lowrider can offer with this ‘56 Chevy, represented beautifully in the pages of this month’s issue. Put on your sunglasses as you stroll through the town of Bel Air, Population, 1956, and meet its resident owner and builder, known as Willy the painter. I’m sure everyone will agree that this ‘56 belongs on the showroom floor, down Rodeo Drive.

Bowties aren’t just for Tuxedos!

Until the next trip,
Joe Ray

Letter to the Editor

Just recently I attended my girlfriends prom, and my crew wanted to get typical boring Limos to take us there, that’s when it hit me; awhile back I met the president of GoodTimes Car Club, Wichita Kansas Chapter. I told him about my passion for Lowriders ever since I could remember. So we exchanged numbers incase I ever-needed help on my Caprice that I was working on. So I text him that same night and on short notice we spent the next four days organizing enough cars for the procession. He managed to get three cars for me but to my surprise when the day came a whole troop of five cars came rolling down my street. Where I’m getting at is that they took their Saturday afternoon to drive my friends and I to the prom free of charge; they refused any compensation so I was wondering if you could give them a shout out in an issue? I look up to those guys and don’t know any other way to show my gratitude. Help me out Lowrider Mag.

Guys! I know the feeling. You’ve got to charge batteries, wax the car, Windex, Armor All too! Same old drag, hundreds of quinceneras and weddings. Most of the time cars breakdown or don’t even show up. Extra couples pile in your ride, wear and tear all day long in the sun ... and all you get is a little gas money. But for a little encouragement, remember this cool email, next time you’re asked to chauffeur. Oh and GoodTimes car club; that’s how you do it, good job!