Back in 1987, Javier Pedroza had the idea to start a car club in El Paso, Texas. This club wouldn't be just any club; it would be a club with family values, respect, stability and a sense of togetherness for its members and the community. Thus, Slow & Low Car Club of El Paso was born. With the help of Javier's father, Javier Sr., and his brother Raul, the club took off, and within a month grew to include 45 members. Within five years, Slow & Low was a fully established lowrider club with stringent rules of conduct for its members (each new member must undergo a background check).

From its base in El Paso, Slow & Low expanded with new Texas chapters in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, as well as Las Cruces, New Mexico. The club is well known for its participation in out-of-town car shows, which has brought them recognition in several magazines over the years. Their support for non-profit organizations is seen in the club's efforts to raise money for local charities, scholarships and the Children's Miracle Network for Muscular Dystrophy. Slow & Low's continuing effort in donating time and money is all part of the club's goal to improve the image of what lowriding is all about.

To celebrate their achievements, a 20-year anniversary banquet/dance was held this past May at the Vista Del Sol Conference Center in El Paso with an open invitation to other area car clubs. Representatives from many clubs were present and will attest to an amazingly classy and fun-filled evening. Slow & Low definitely outdid themselves. The room was filled with energy, pride and brotherhood. No, lowriding's not simply a hobby; it's truly a reflection of shared beliefs and lifestyles.

So the next time that you're in Texas and you see a Slow & Low car cruisin' the streets, think of the vision, determination and efforts of the ones who founded the club, Javier and the Pedroza familia. Remember also their positive impact on the community and the bond of brotherhood that they have with their members. For all of you with lowriders and those interested in them, just remember this... keep your heads up and your rides low.