Since Old Memories is a Bomb car club, a member’s ride cannot be newer than 1954. The club and its chapters have members with rides that range from 1954 to the 1930’s. The majority of the cars are Chevrolets but it is not uncommon to find a Packard, Buick, Plymouth, or Pontiac with an Old Memories plaque in the back window. Members and potential members must be dedicated to the preservation of these classic automobiles and the superior reputation of the club.
Many of the chapters and club members have been featured in Lowrider Magazine. The San Gabriel Valley chapter was profiled after chapter president Ray Vargas expanded his family home into a meeting place for his chapter, and a place for the members to work on their cars. Fred Perez of Old Memories Denver, Colorado chapter was profiled in Lowrider Magazine for his involvement with the youth of Colorado as an educator. A number of the chapters have had their members’ cars, toy drives, and car shows featured in the magazine. The Los Angeles chapter’s historic Olvera Street show is an event that was also chronicled in the pages of LRM. Beyond magazine coverage, the club has also been featured on television programs like AIM TV, and the very popular but short-lived television show, Living the Low Life.
Every chapter of Old Memories is also active in their communities. They participate in community events, such as toy drives and fundraisers for schools and community organizations. The club as a whole makes sure to give back to the communities of which they are a part of. Through this community involvement, the club proves that there is more to Lowriding than cars, car shows, and cruising.
In the same manner as community service, family is also a very important part of Old Memories. The member’s family is encouraged to wear club colors and participate in club events. The club and its chapters have events catered to the families, like picnics, or trips to the mountains and the beach. The support of the family is vital to the success of the club and its chapters. Many of the members are grooming their children to be the next generation of Old Memories. Paul Roa’s young son, Daniel, also known as The Capitan is already building pedal cars and learning how to paint. He is also the founder and president of the pedal car and bike club. Surely, he will have an Old Memories-worthy vehicle before he is of driving age.
The club is now at twenty chapters worldwide, and has plans to continue careful expansion into other locations that do not currently have a chapter of Old Memories. With 30 plus years as a club, Old Memories has established a legacy built on tradition, high standards, and respect. Their legacy has also left its mark on Lowriding worldwide and will continue to do so with the next generation. We here at Lowrider Magazine salute Old Memories for their contributions to the growth of Lowriding, and wish them many more years of continued success.