"A few years later, the car clubs were finally accepted by the neighborhoods as they became stepping stones out from that lifestyle. I was still into the cars doing the lowrider thing, so with family in mind and after a few years of thinking, I thought about a club that would center around family values. With wives and kids in mind, I establish the group Society in 1980. It's not a big club but our guys have big hearts. Some of the club members are all from different walks of life, some manage companies, and others are leaders in their communities, but more importantly we have become a family, as some of the heart and soul members of the club have over 25-plus years of active membership. These guys put on their colors 25 years ago and they have never taken them off," Ochoa says, pride still shining in his eyes.
"The club started back in 1980, and 20 years later, at our club banquet I decided it was time for me to enjoy life with less stress. With 20 years under my belt, I felt it was better to pass the torch and keep the club going. I wanted to make sure that the energy and the desire for the club stayed fresh so I decided to pass the torch down to my brother Danny. My brother Danny has been lowriding since he was old enough to help detail my ride. He, along with my brother in-law Mickey Horton, and my brother Eddie, have helped me keep my lowrider desire alive and well. Danny ran the club for a while and since then has given the torch to Bobby Quihiz who has been doing a good job in revitalizing the car club. Today the club is still strong and I'm proud of where it stands."
"For me, Lowriding has been a way of life, it has helped create family bonds and club brotherhoods. I have had my share of cars throughout the years and my share of good experiences as well as bad ones, like the one with my '76 Monte Carlo. That car I think was hexed, jinxed, or cursed as it only brought drama to everybody that worked on it. The '76 MC build was from the ground up and it went to different shops that all had negative outcomes to them. The first shop was in Phoenix and it closed for tax evasion. The second shop in Guadalupe, AZ had the car for six months, until the owner had some personal family problems and the guy just had to give me the car back. I figured the third time was the charm, so I took the car south to Tucson to a shop called Innovative Style, where the car stayed for about a year and that shop went out of business. The car went to one last shop in New Mexico owned by George Jaramillo. Once he passed away I just knew what I had to do, and that was eat the $60,000 that I spent on it, and find it a new home. When building cars you take the good with the bad, so I'm still here and I'm currently working on a '59 Impala project."
"My four children learned from an early age that dad's love for lowriding was part of growing up in the Ochoa household. With their mom working a second shift, my kids witnessed first-hand how car club meetings were organized and how to produce the annual Mesa Supershow. From 1983 through 1999, they answered exhibitor phone calls, helped in the registration booth, and parked show cars. Later, my son Richard Jr. learned his judging abilities and is now the Lowrider Magazine Bike Judge. Building a project with your kids is very special. Richard Jr. and I built a '74 Impala and '85 Regal which hit the pages of LRM. My son Anthony loves Cadillacs, so we built a Coupe DeVille together. My daughter Andrea and son Robert share dad's love for the '59 Impala presently in the Ochoa Garage. With all the blessings I have received, the one that stands above all others, is the love of my life, my wife Teresa, who has stood by me and has let me pursue my dreams and ambitions in all that I do."