Whenever anyone comes up to you and pops the questions, “Were you ever on the Boulevard?” “What was it like?”―you know that before you answer, you have to really be careful how you explain it to the person asking so they don’t think you need a drug test, because people just won’t believe any story you tell them about the days of wine and roses! The now nostalgic Whittier Boulevard was a nightclub and a car show on wheels, period. You would be looked at as a lunatic for even mentioning any of the past stories involving such Boulevard antics like “Hopping for Pink Slips.” What? Yes, that actually happened. If you were to take on the challenge of hopping against another car on Whittier in those days, and your ride got up higher (all it took was a tall can) you were declared the winner and the new titleholder of the owner’s car who lost to you! That’s right; the loser would actually fork over his Title of Ownership to you, keys and all. There were so many wild and great stories about those days that you might not even believe yourself that they happened. Commemorating those glorious times was the goal earlier this year when the Distinctions and SoLows Car Clubs got together and set up a plan to reenact those moments on Whittier Blvd. They reached out to the masses about their quest through the Internet, car shows, and cruise night hangouts and established a date, time and meeting place for everyone to join in. Finally, the date came and with every Lowrider waxed, detailed, and batteries juiced, the “Drifting on a Memory” tour took place on a Sunday afternoon at every Lowrider’s favorite park − the one and only Elysian park! Around noon everyone climbed into their rides picked them up off the floor and began the caravan through Lowriding’s historic Boyle Heights area all the way up Whittier Blvd. into East LA and over to Montebello Park, where those who normally gather were in shock thinking they were in the late 1970’s again. There were Car Clubs parked in different parking lots, up and down the boulevard just like the good old days, and the only difference is that everyone in attendance socialized and reminisced together, appreciating what was accomplished on this memorable day. You know, I had a lot of doubt that something this big could ever be pulled off. I just about guaranteed that the cops would be in full riot gear waiting for the cars to leave the park. I knew even if they were lucky and made it into Montebello, it would be a set up; knowing in my past how the Montebello’s finest reacted towards one Lowrider in their city as opposed to hundreds − but they didn’t rain on this parade! It was an awesome time and I hope there are more of these in the future that are also without the problems that originally shut down the Boulevard back in the days.
One of the more beautiful rides seen out there on Whittier Boulevard can now be noticed in detail, as it is featured on the September cover and inside pages of Lowrider. This classic candy blue-on-blue convertible ’59 Impala flying the Klique plaque comes well represented, especially when it commands the appreciation of a detailed beauty from all onlookers when it hits the streets in East LA.
The Lowrider Tour Stop Mesa Show 2012 was also a flash back, this time to the old Lowrider Car Shows of the past. It was a return of the Glory days of Mesa Shows past as about fifteen thousand spectators and 700 cars filled out The Mesa Convention Center and Amphitheatre. Motorsport Showcase and the setting Arizona sun brought out a Saturday night Lowrider festival that won’t be forgotten until next year’s show! Congratulations goes out for the hard work and efforts put on by Richard Ochoa, his family, and the Society car club for their patronage to Lowriding in helping to represent Arizona strongly. There was even a beer garden, remember those?
Lowriders without Boulevards are like cops without ticket books.