In the early 1980's, Klique was well known on the streets of Los Angeles for cruising their Lowriders, and exhibiting a large presence every weekend. A second chapter eventually emerged in San Diego, and soon after, the "Kliquers" had something else to celebrate; they obtained the first Lowrider of the Year with the legendary "Brandy Madness," owned by Mando Estrada. Mario Martinez also went on to win the Lowrider of the Year honor with his "Lethal Weapon." Other memorable Klique rides include Leo Perez' "Gold Dust," George Ortiz' "Hypnotic," and Peter Tapia's '66 Impala convertible.
Today, Klique has evolved into a six-chapter club, with a line-up that includes ELA, San Diego, Orange County, Phoenix, the Inland Empire, and El Paso. Just last September, Klique celebrated their mind-boggling 45th anniversary with a large dinner and dance banquet, held at the Radisson Hotel in the city of Covina, California. Members from the '60's, '70's, '80's and '90's made it out to help commemorate the milestone. This was actually the first anniversary ever celebrated by Klique. Long-time Lowriding associate and musician Rocky Padilla was there with his band, providing the tunes until one in the morning. Many awards and plaques were given out, but the one that stands out the most was for Jose Martinez, the OG member who has been a part of the club since its inception in 1964! Big thanks also went to Leonard Martinez for all his hard work and dedication. Leonard had put a lot of time and attention into making the anniversary celebration happen, and his efforts were greatly appreciated by all who attended.
The party went off without a hitch and there is already talk about the next big anniversary on the horizon, the big 5-0. Undoubtedly, the half-century celebration will be even bigger and better for the "Big K, little q."