Like many car clubs out there, this one got started by a group of friends that all shared a common love; a love for Lowriding and its lifestyle. The group established the car club in 1993 in Pasadena, CA., but they have been together as a family since 1985. Way of Life car club was founded to be just that―a way of life. For years members had belonged to other car clubs and were fed up with the politics and lack of commitment they found in other clubs, so they banded together to form a club of their own. The goal was to not only promote their “way of life” which is of course Lowriding, but to also leave a positive legacy behind for their community and to demonstrate that you can have a good time with your club without breaking the law.
“When the club first started, there were about ten to fifteen of us in it,” explains club President Derrick Double D’s. “The club’s secretary is the one who came up with the name “Way of Life.” We ran the name by a few of the guys and then the name just kind of stuck with us.” While the club had a name, they had little in the form of organization, a problem which they soon remedied. “When we came up with the name, we didn’t have a club President, Vice President or anything. All we knew is that we had Lowriders and we wanted to come together to represent our city whenever we went to attend car shows,” says Double D’s. The idea for the club came from the club’s President Donald Johnson, and club Vice President Derrick Dollins.
When the time came down to choose the club colors, Way of Life car club decided to go a different route than most other clubs. “A lot of clubs were using black and gold and we wanted to be a little different with our colors, but at the same time, we didn’t want our colors to be loud and obnoxious,” says Double D’s. The club decided to go with green and gold colors in order to stand out from the crowd. “When we are at a car show, I can always spot my members from a distance because the colors stand out.”
Some of the club’s standards require the members to ride on 13-inch wire wheels or stock wheels. They prefer Chevys and Cadillacs, but they also allow G-bodies into the club. Some vehicles that aren’t allowed are radical cars, hot rods, or trucks.
Somewhere in the mid-to-late ‘90s, the club’s members started to decrease due to the Japanese coming to the states to buy up Lowriders left and right. “If you wanted to sell your car, this era was the time to do it because they were cashing people out and buying up the cars by the boatload. They pretty much whiped out our club,” laments Double D’s. He insists that the influx of overseas buyers was not all bad, however. “A lot of people paid off some of their bills or bought houses with that money,” he says with a shrug.
Roughly six years ago, Derrick gave the club a rebirth by busting out his ’59 rag and cruising around. “We are proud of the club because we do a lot of positive things for our community like fundraisers, toy drives, and we make a huge effort to help feed the homeless every year. All of this stuff is done for the community.” With their heads and hearts in the right place, this car club certainly represents the Lowrider “way of life.”