When you're influenced by a family of car builders, and you help to carry on their tradition, you will have to make the sacrifices that are necessary. But without support and understanding from a woman behind you, you won't get past dropping the frame off of any build. That special person has to co-sign on the build and help you stay motivated throughout the trials and tribulations. So Richard Lopez from Tradicionals car club expressed his gratitude for his wife Denise's understanding by building her this cover car Impala you see on our May issue, which is called Mrs. '65. Though this husband of the year might get a lot of you readers in the dog house because of this special Lowrider magazine feature, Richard has had his own cars featured in Lowrider, too, but just not the cover. Is he up to something? Maybe he's trying to build a Lowrider of the Year? Then that's a pretty good move, I say!
The 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was once again a world apart from other shows when it comes to the automobile aftermarket industry. Two thousand of the brightest minds arrived at the Las Vegas Convention Center in early November to showcase their latest product solutions and launches in regards to performance, restyling and technology. Not only does this show attract about a 125,000 attendees, the OE guys like Ford, Chevy and Chrysler make their way out to display their new automobiles and trucks, along with their brand's latest engineering and development. As an attendee, you are allowed a week to walk the entire show where companies have no limits in expensive display booths that are set up to compete with each other for more attention. If the custom vehicles on display won't grab your attention, then they guarantee to catch your eye by throwing in celebrity appearances, famous car builders and lowriders, too! Once again, we attended this annual supermarket for cars and we are happy to show you the greatest of the latest.
Pop went the cork from the champagne bottles used for toasts that went out for Thee Artistics car club, who recently celebrated their 35th anniversary. They have meant every word of their club plaque's name and have lived up to it since Renee San Miguel, the prez, would roam around the streets in his dominating candy blue Cadillac and lead a caravan of the club's rides to all the local shows to represent what they were about. Those were good times then and there is a consistency of that still, thanks to Oso and all of the members' support given throughout the years to have kept the name hanging on display in their rear windows. Some call it sacrifice, some call it beliefs, we will call it one hell of an achievement and we congratulate them for it. Cheers!
Please don't forget that commercializing and music videos didn't get us where we are today. Community service relations, fundraisers and charitable events that are promoted to help those in need, including kids, have given our culture of lowriding respect. Schools and holiday-themed events go a long way in preserving our image, which helps make us stronger and appreciated by those who are important and take notice. That goes farther than anything else out there. Someone upstairs is watching and maybe he tells the local authorities to ease up on harassment or the too-low tickets. So please check out some of the past holiday charity events put on by various clubs who do this annually. There's nothing like a lowrider convertible that becomes an Xmas tree delivery vehicle. Especially when the donation goes to cancer awareness. Respect goes a lot farther when building an image. Reputation helps before you represent it.
Hey all you customizers? Check out the Lowrider Garage as we bring some light into the darkness with an LED taillight install on a '68 Super Sport. Lowriders are known for restyling, upgrading and innovating. We can show you how easy it is to replace your lights to a modern style that's easier said than hitting your own light switch.
If your ride is sitting out at the end of your driveway and there aren't any homes in your neighborhood with "for sale" signs? Then you must have a nice ass ride!
- Joe Ray