Starting a car club is no easy feat. You have to find prospective members that share the same passion for cars that you have, and they must also be as dedicated as you are to making the club prosper. Along with those qualifications, potential members must also have a drive and a willingness to do whatever it takes to make the club successful and evolve. Longevity is probably the most sought after goal of new clubs, however, it is also the toughest goal to achieve. Often times, the energy and excitement of a new club levels off, making it the responsibility of the club's officers to keep the members motivated and active.
In 1979, twin brothers John and James Rodriguez came together with some friends and fellow Lowriding enthusiasts to start their own car club. Reality Car Club was formed in Baldwin Park, California with the concept of bringing like-minded people together to enjoy car shows, cruise nights and community service activities. Reality Car Club was also founded with the hope of breaking the negative stereotypes associated with Lowriding at the time.
Reality Car Club enjoyed a huge amount of success as a club during the 1980's, as the club was regularly attending the biggest car shows and cruising all of the most popular cruising spots in the Lowrider scene. The club was also contributing to the community by hosting car shows to raise funds for local schools and clubs. They would also assist local charitable organizations, raising hundreds of dollars and a ton of resources with their "Toys for Tots" drives. Membership and club participation was at an all time high in the 1980's, and the mission of Reality Car Club seemed to have come to fruition. Things would soon take a negative turn, however.
In the early 90's, the longevity of Reality Car Club was put to the ultimate test. Tough times saw the once booming club membership down to five members, and low morale left those five considering shutting down the club altogether. Robert Zamora, who was Club President at the time, decided that even though the club membership was dwindling, Reality Car Club was not going to fold under his leadership. Robert and his car, a 1979 Cadillac Coupe De Ville called "Prophecy," led the charge and helped bring the club out of the 90's slump. There may have only be one or two cars flying the Reality plaque for a while, but the club members flew the plaque proudly and made sure Reality was still seen at the hottest and biggest shows and cruising spots of that era.
Fast forward to 2009, and it's easy to see that the era of having only one or two Reality Car Club Lowriders on display at shows is thankfully long gone. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and is still the one-chapter club that the Rodriguez brothers envisioned back in 1979. There are even four members who have been in the club for over 20 years. The club is still very active, not only in Lowriding, but in serving the communities of the San Gabriel Valley, where the club members call home. After 30 prosperous years in Lowriding, it's safe to say that Reality Car Club is definitely here to stay.
Reality Car Club currently has a wide variety of vehicles representing the club, giving them a very diverse lineup. This club has a little bit of everything, including a 1939 Chevy, a 1980 Cadillac, and even a 1984 Nissan truck. Club spokesman Andy Rivera owns one of the more unique rides that fly the Reality plaque. In 1980, Andy's father bought him a 1965 Chevy Malibu SS. Andy's brother Gary helped him rebuild the motor, refresh the transmission, and tune the car to the point that it was a reliable machine. A year later, he reupholstered the interior and had the car painted. Andy has redone the car multiple times over the years, and is now ready for a new project; he is currently building a 1972 Chevy Impala that will be a Reality club staple in the very near future.