From cruising up and down the Blvd. every weekend, to competing against the best-of-the-best at shows, Low Conspiracy did it all, and they did it with style. With a majority of their cars having candy paint, and all of their cars being lifted and riding on Zenith wire wheels, Low Conspiracy set the bar high in the late '70' and '80's. Reaching up to 80 members at one point, and helping to promote a new magazine called Lowrider Magazine, this club that was started by a few high school friends in San Jose, CA became one of the most legendary car clubs to have ever come out of Northern California.
In 1977, Low Conspiracy was established by 10 high school friends in San Jose, CA. One of the main guys was Jose Martinez, who became the club's first president. "Everything was done democratically. From choosing the club's name to picking the club's colors, we all voted because it was everyone's club," he says with pride. Members suggested different names for the club and then took a vote. The name that Jose Martinez had suggested, Low Conspiracy was chosen as the name they would represent. When it came time to design the plaque, the newly formed club wanted to stand out from the crowd. Not wanting to have the letters on the plaque in a straight across position, the original members decided to slope the letters in the middle and have the ends come up sharply. "The club suggested the design of the plaque and [original club member] John Cortez drew up the club's design," Jose recalls. Within two years of its existence, the club membership had risen from 10 members to over 30 members. Being lifted and having Zenith wire wheels were a must for Low Conspiracy, as they had adopted a unified style. "When we had meetings, we would fill up the parking lot, and it would look more like a car show," Jose says with a laugh.
In the same year that Low Conspiracy was formed, Larry Gonzales had established Lowrider Magazine. Being from the same city, it was only a matter of time before these Lowrider icons would cross paths with one another. Jose explained to me about his senior year in high school when he met Larry; "He came to my high school and started selling the first issue of Lowrider Magazine in the parking lot," says Jose, who owned a '75 Monte Carlo at the time. Larry was asking around to see who owned the Monte Carlo. When he found out that it was Jose's, the two began talking about cars and became fast friends ever since. In the early years of the club, Low Conspiracy did a lot to help out Lowrider Magazine, even assisting Larry Gonzales in promoting the first car show that Lowrider Magazine ever had. "Low Conspiracy and Lowrider Magazine did a lot of things together in the early days," says Sergio Martinez, a long time member of the club. "El Larry used to come to our meetings and he would tell us what he was trying to do with the magazine, so we worked together to help each other out."
During the golden age of Lowriding, the legendary Story and King Boulevards in San Jose, CA would attract thousands among thousands of car enthusiasts and spectators alike, every weekend. People would come out to cruise the Blvd. from as far away as Los Angeles. One club that would always make their presence felt on the Blvd. was Low Conspiracy. "We used to cruise Story and King every weekend, from Friday to Sunday," says Low Conspiracy member Sergio Martinez. "Once you saw another car flying your plaque you would follow him, before you knew it, you had a dozen club members cruising together. That was how we met up back when no one had cell phones," explains Sergio. Another club that was known to cruise Story and King was New Style Car Club, also out of San Jose. "Back then, there was a friendly rivalry between Low Conspiracy and New Style," says current Low Conspiracy president John Ponce. "I honestly think that if it wasn't for the friendly rivalry, Low Conspiracy still wouldn't be around." Back then, both clubs were big and very popular. In a sense, it was the competition of trying to stay ahead of each other that kept the clubs going.