The club was soon seen all over the streets of San Diego. The SD chapter of Amigos was formed during a time when Lowriders were being targeted by the authorities and there were "car club wars" going on, so Rigo used his background in activism to help organize the car clubs in the city.
In 1979, Latin Lowriders, in conjunction with Lowrider Magazine, organized an event at Chicano Park. They called for a meeting of the car clubs at the Chicano Federation Building. The goal of the meeting was to unite the car clubs, and to promote a positive image of Lowriding. From that meeting, the San Diego Lowrider Car Club Council was formed, and Rigo was one of the founders of the Council, he even wrote the mission statement. In 2009, the Council celebrated its 30th year anniversary. Rigo was an activist before he was a Lowrider, and he was also a member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee before the SD Amigos were formed. Naturally, this hometown car club would represent the city as part of the car show at Chicano Park. Rigo and the Amigos have been the car show coordinators for the past 26 years. Over the years, Rigo and the Amigos have been honored by the city of San Diego for their community service and their dedication. Rigo and the Amigos have also helped to bring Lowriders into the Balboa Automotive Museum in San Diego. In addition to these contributions, numerous San Diego based magazine and newspaper articles have featured Rigo and the club.
Even with all of his community involvement, and time spent running the club, Rigo has managed to build other unique Lowriders outside of the 1957 Chevy that initially got him started in the culture. Rigo built a 1959 Impala, which he named "Azteca." The Impala sported a unique combination of flakes and candies, and Rigo eventually sold it to the Japanese in the early 1990's. He now has a 1929 Willy's Knight that is lifted all the way around, and painted with plenty of candy and pearl. The interior is fully stocked with leather, and the Willy's has quite a few modifications. His next project is a 1948 Chevy Fleetline, which he is taking his time in building, as he wants it to become his daily driver.
Rigo has been an outspoken critic of Lowrider Magazine for a number of years, and in fact, he led a boycott against LRM back in 2002. He felt Lowrider Magazine had commercialized Lowriding and made Lowriding too accessible to the average person. In his opinion, Lowrider Magazine had gone corporate, and strayed away from its grassroots. Rigo and the editor of LRM have had conversations to explain the differences and complexities of publishing a magazine. Sharing each others views will help to join forces and move forward together to help protect and support the future of Lowriding and the culture, for the benefit of all. Rigo and the Amigos are an integral part of the history of Lowriding, and their story must be told. In the same manner in which he has been educating the city of San Diego, we hope that through this piece, he will educate the readers of Lowrider Magazine on his history, as well as the history of Lowriding in San Diego.