Decisions, decisions, decisions. The saying goes that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but if you had to do that with this issue, we have certainly given you some food for thought. Obviously you wouldn't kick either of these three bad ass rides out of your own garage, but in all fairness, which one would you choose if you had to pick one to keep? You don't have to answer right away. Let your eyes dart back and forth between Candy Lime, Candy Red, and Spanish Gold paintjobs on these three different models before you pick. If the colors don't help you decide; maybe the make and model years will? If Bombs are your thing, maybe you lean towards the Tovars' '49 Delivery Panel. If you are a top-down fanatic, chances are you fancy either the '63 or '65. At any rate, these three are all world-class builds, and any Lowrider would be well served to take a cruise in one of these beauties.
From the looks of things, it is clear that the Toma Bros/ Top Notch Customs continue to manufacture and deliver on time, bad ass jack stand quality cars; just like the green multi patterned '69 on our January cover. Tradition also continues in this issue with the Tovar family, true "roll models" who prove that you only need four brothers to make a powerhouse car club. There is something about the Tovars and their upbringing. It's as if they remind me of one of those classic early '60's family television shows. For instance, I once visited and toured Michael Tovar's home before his '37' Cabriolet was to make its debut on show floors. I found Michael to be a good example of the discipline and attention to detail this Lowriding family exudes on a daily basis. I think he even irons his t-shirts, too, but the thing that really caught my eye was the way they did their yard work. The grass looked almost artificial and the edges were perfect—it looked like they probably did the yard work every other day with lawn mower and tape measures in hand. Paul Tovar represents the family this time around with a rare Panel that took ten years to build and reflects the family's dedication with a special feature within this issue. As you check it out, you have to admit that they like everything neat, clean, and slammed, and they are sincere about that! After you've examined the Panel, treat your eyes to the Incredible Hulk-colored green trey rag representing the Ultimate For Life car club. This ride was transformed from "Show Hopper" to "Show T Stopper," but is well known out there on Crenshaw Boulevard from its previous days when the six-three was known as "Apple Martini." Please don't be fooled by the show stance this lime machine portrays on the cover because if in need, it will perform the deed, as there is still the same amount of juice inside the trunk.
New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment, a UFO paradise, and the Capitol of all Lowriding! Some may argue about the Lowrider statement, maybe even me; that is until we paid a visit to the Lowrider Santa Fe New Mexico Tour stop produced by Motorsport showcase at the Buffalo Thunder Casino! As we covered the show and squeezed through the crowd outside, we opened the doors to a very elegant hall and found some amazing Lowriders that were equally matched in elegance, too. In fact there were about six cover car and eight center car-worthy selections on hand, which is hard to find anywhere outside of the Las Vegas Super Show. I felt proud and happy for the diehard Lowriding culture of the people of New Mexico. The atmosphere was truly electric, and seeing all of the people, hearing all of the music, and seeing such intricately built Lowriders at a casino made for a very entertaining time. Now, I may not be sold on the Roswell stories about aliens and flying saucers, but I do know that New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment; especially after walking through the hall at the Buffalo Thunder Casino with so many quality machines on display. If you think the West is the Best, give New Mexico a chance, and head out for a visit. Make a vacation out of it. The love and passion that comes from this part of the land is heartfelt and genuine, as when you mingle in with everyone, you'll find that they are all walking Lowrider encyclopedias. They know about every car's nickname, color, and which club they're from; they even know the owners' names! To claim that New Mexico is the Lowriding Capital of the World, one had better know the entire history of it all, and they do. Plan a vacation, be entertained, and bring your car to show these truly dedicated and gracious folks—I bet they spot you coming!
Get your prayers ready as the next Lowrider Issue for October 2013 represents Cancer Awareness Month. This will be a special issue devoted to those we have lost, those who are battling, and those who are survivors. Together, we can all pray and support all research causes, and force the end of this killer. God bless the family whose life revolves around a loved one, as they need our love and support too! We all go through our battles, and supporting one another in times of need isn't just the Lowrider way; it's the human way.
'Til the next trip,