His vision came to fruition in 2003, as Bomb Club Originals was formed by Rocky, Susan, and their group of friends. The club consists of Chevy Bomb enthusiasts, and all of them are personal friends of Rocky and Susan. As Rocky put it, “The whole key to having a good club is the quality of your members that you surround yourself with.” Thanks to adhering to this golden rule, the club has been going strong since its inception.
The club itself has built an amazing reputation; not only for the high quality rides that sport the Bomb Club Originals plaque, but for their events they throw annually as well. Rocky and the club have produced their annual Christmas dinner and toy giveaway, New Year’s Day picnic, and Cinco de Mayo event at San Dimas’ Bonelli Park for the past eight years. These events have brought people from all over the Southern California area year after year, thanks to the hospitality they feel from Rocky, Susan, and the rest of the Bomb Club Originals members. The club’s generosity knows no bounds; at the annual Christmas dinner and toy giveaway, the children in attendance all go home with a gift. The New Year’s and Cinco de Mayo events are filled with food, drinks and great entertainment. At every event, Rocky makes sure everyone is treated with respect and ensures that they have everything they need, and his efforts are widely appreciated by all who attend. You don’t have to take our word for this, you can ask anyone who has been to one of the club’s events and they will tell you that they are a great time. Rocky and the club’s events have not gone unnoticed by the press either, as they have received coverage in this publication and well as other publications in Japan, Germany, and even on a documentary in the news network CNN.
Rocky and the club have also done quite a bit of charity work throughout the city of Los Angeles. Most recently, his grandson, Ruben, had a classmate pass away. Rocky and the club went into action and held a cruise night to raise funds for the family to offset the burial costs. Although it was a sad situation, it made Rocky feel good knowing that once again through Lowriding, he was able to help someone else in need and set an example for his grandson, Ruben.
Rocky has been Lowriding for over twenty years and like many of us, he has seen the culture shift to a more family-oriented lifestyle. He noted that back in the days the culture was filled with haters, competition, and lack of respect for each other as well as each other’s property. These days, the car clubs are all about the family and it is a common sight to see kids running around, and the members’ wives hanging out at events.. In Rocky’s opinion, that’s the way it should be, for without mutual respect and family, the Lowriding culture will not thrive.
Everyone in Rocky’s family plays a part in his car club. As we mentioned already, Susan is right by his side with her own ride and their children and grand children are as well. The whole family loves to be a part of the club events and contributes their time by helping with the planning and assembly of the events. The next generation of Lowriding has just been born into Rocky’s family, too. His granddaughter, Anjanai, was welcomed into the family in the summer of 2011. When she is old enough, she will have her own vintage stroller courtesy of her grandfather. Lowriding is definitely a family affair in the Placencia household.