Celebrating 40 years of Lowriding excellence is no easy task. That achievement certainly speaks volumes about the resilience, dedication, and passion that Techniques car club brings to the Lowrider table. It's safe to say this four-decade mark could not have been met without the club's willingness to grow and adapt by passing the torch to younger members who maintain the club's initial traditions and foundation. Founding members of the original jacket club from Schurr High School in Montebello, California in 1972 laid the groundwork for this legendary club and in 2012, Techniques car club is still here – celebrating the well-earned milestone of 40 years of service to the Lowrider Community. I was humbly honored in receiving an invitation from Arizona Chapter President Ruben Salazar to their commemorative anniversary on what will forever be known as a very special night in Lowrider History. It was only appropriate that the Radisson Hotel Ballroom in Whittier, California serve as the site that Peter Cruz and company host a night of tribute and recognition for those who followed their initial dream.
Techniques now have chapters in Arizona, Dallas/Fort Worth Texas, Inland Empire, San Fernando Valley, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and even Japan! They also hold another title in formalizing one of the oldest Bike Club Chapters in Lowrider History. It goes without saying that had it not been for the wise direction of the Los Angeles Chapter of "The Block" Techniques on who would be deemed worthy of flying their plaque, TFFT would have no meaning today. That acronym stands for the club's motto, "Techniques forever, forever Techniques!" The club also formally recognizes its members who protect the freedom of our country; there are Techniques shirts flying in the Middle East and throughout the free world in different branches of our U.S. Military.
The Saturday night celebration began with a welcoming dinner and dance for the invited guests, which included the who's who of Lowriding in LA. Other car clubs attending were The Dukes, Imperials, Latin Lords, Stylistics, Majestic's, Uniques, and many independents that received and gave respect to the Techniques Plaque throughout their journey. Unfortunately, things weren't always so positive; as Peter Cruz so eloquently stated in his very impressive and heartfelt speech. Just like all things, The Lowrider Car clubs went through growing and maturing pains over the years and the car club wars of the ‘70s and early ‘80s were no picnic. There was loss of life as well as loss of respect, along with a car or two. Things finally got better when these young car clubs transitioned from having passenger "shotgun riders" carrying actual shotguns, to having passengers in the shotgun seat carrying kids. This focus on wives and family helped us change our priorities as we grew from young, macho Latinos into responsible people with a shared mission of loving our family and friends. Now, in 2012, honorable car clubs share the streets and the show floor with respect for one another. Thankfully, the battles have changed from disrespect and pain, to paint, chrome undercarriages, and interiors. We still compete to see who has the better-built art on wheels, but we do this for our culture and our familia. Techniques car club is the greatest example of making this perspective a priority so their families can flourish.
With forty years of thanking the members that made this club a tradition and culture, Distinctive Special Recognition Plaques were presented to key individuals and officers who made this long journey successful. Honorees included first President and co-founder, Al Quintano, co-founder and 2nd President Roland Ortiz, Sergio Alvarado, Ruben Quinones, and current president Raymond "Ray" Carrillo. Others who took home plaques included Benny Miranda, Peter Robles, Richie Miranda, Daniel Miranda, Oscar Loya, Peter Cruz, and member of the year, Marcelo Sanchez.
The night was not complete without properly recognizing the charity groups that Techniques teamed up with for their 2nd Annual LA Mission Run event, "Keeping LA Warm," and "The Ramona Gardens Toy Run." These groups included very close friends of Techniques, Martin and Sonia Resendez, and www.rollingdeep4charities.com. Techniques also wanted to give a special thanks to all the Chapters who traveled from near and far, including those who came all the way from Japan for this memorable evening!
With hundreds of car clubs now cruising the streets in our cities and neighborhoods, new and young riders for that perfect name for their club still ask me. Techniques also had that same discussion 40 years ago. They consulted Webster's dictionary, which, at the time, defined techniques as "show you how." For forty years, Techniques C.C. has done just that; they have shown us how to be true Lowriders and how to keep a positive tradition going in the process. It's safe to say that they will probably be around for forty more years, mentoring generations of young riders along the way. Techniques forever, forever Techniques!