Before New Style was formed, Andy started installing hydraulics at his parents’ house and within a year or two of forming the club, Andy’s Hydraulics really took off. Having his plate full with his hydraulic business, Andy stepped down as president of the club. “Andy had to spend more time with his business so I took the club over after him,” explains Rick Garcia.
The club had started off with four members but once the club got going, it just took off. “We went from four member to 40 in no time” says Andy. Most of the New Style members were coming from the Garcia family. “A lot of the member in the club were cousins and friends of the family,” mentions Paul Cruz. Most of the club members started having kids around the same time, so it made them more family oriented. “The club’s barbeques started looking more like family gatherings than club functions,” Paul says with a smile.
Even though the club had a family atmosphere, it also had very strict rules. Some of those rules included having custom paint, 5.20’s, hydraulics, Zeniths, no four doors, no trucks and so on. “Your car better be clean, and you better have your plaque on; if not you were in trouble,” says Tony Bueno. Members were fined for not flying their plaque, or for having their car or plaque dirty.
A lot of the New Style members wanted to roll on Tru Spokes but they weren’t allowed to while in club. For this reason, half of the New Style members broke off and started a new club called New Wave. “We were all real good friends,” says Andy regarding New Wave Car Club. “We used to have picnics together.” New Style was the first Lowrider Car Club in San Jose, but soon after, many clubs started forming. “New Wave, Uniques, Low Conspiracy, and First Impressions all started coming out,” says Rick. “Within five years, there were about fifty car clubs in the east side of San Jose,” says Andy.
Most of the members then had new Cadillacs and Caprices. “Everyone in New Style had a new car in the club, I was the only member at the time with a ’64 Impala,” says Tony Bueno. The club wouldn’t only cruise their cars on the blvd., but they would also show them at car shows all over California. New Style always looked forward to car shows in the Los Angeles area. “We used to have a good time at the shows,” explains Paul Garcia.
Currently, the New Style car club has 12 members, with most of them having two cars in the club. The current club president is Doug Vigil, owner of “Heavy Hitter,” and the vice president is Mike Page with “Orange Juice.”
“I just try to keep the standards high in the club” says Doug. “Right now it’s not just about the cars, it’s about the person, too,” says the 18 year New Style member. “If a guy comes around and had the baddest car in the world but he just isn’t fitting in, then we don’t let him in.” Many have asked to chapter out but the club had never done that. “As long as the person has a nice car, a good personality, and can make it to the meetings they can join” says Doug.
“I feel proud to see how much heart these guys have in their cars and how much pride they take in them,” says Paul Cruz wistfully. “I have a soft spot in my heart for Doug, for still having the club going,” says Andy Douglas with great pride. “We are glad to see that after almost 40 years that the club is still going” says Rick. “We’ll always be New Style,” says Tony. “We’ll always be Lowriders,” says Paul.