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June 2015

Clownin on U Hoes

June 7, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@ShellMag.com When Rob Villafranco originally bought his 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, it was supposed to be a family truck. Who, after all, would turn a Mercury Mountaineer into a show ride? As it turns out, Rob Villafranco would. At the time, Rob and his brother Mochi were operating a shop, Southside Customs in their native Houston. When Mochi learned how to install lambo doors, he asked his brother if he’d like to be the first recipient. “I said yes,” Rob says, “and it went on from there.” Just like that, the transformation from family wagon to dazzling show truck was on. He removed the third row of seats he’d just installed and commissioned Street Candy Customs to begin spraying the truck in candy red with a silver base. He then brought in Air Brush Teqniques to add murals – and a lot of murals at that. Inside and out, Rob’s truck – labeled “Clownin on U Hoes” because of its clown theme – is swathed in murals. There are homages to Read More...

March Madness

June 7, 2015

Photos by “Big Rick” Treviño As we’ve mentioned in earlier articles, we’re reaching back through our archives and digging up coverage that was never published in the pages of StreetSeen Magazine. We came across this gem in the bunch. The March Madness show was the kickoff show for the 2013 WEGO Tour in partnership with the Houston Region Tour. It took place at the Armadillo Flea Market in Houston, a popular venue for many car clubs hosting their own car shows. Being the very first show on the tour for the season, the turnout was phenomenal. Many car clubs and participants getting cabin fever over the long winter season were aching to get their rides out of the garage to get them show ready. Like at any WEGO Event, the top clubs were in attendance to get the jump on the Tour’s Club Champion title at the end of the season. Low lows, classics, trucks, bikes, and luxurys filled the parking lot outside and the convention area indoors. Kandies, chrome, Read More...

El Poderoso

June 6, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@Shellmag.com Michael Sifuentes’ ’94 Cadillac Fleetwood got plenty of positive feedback in its previous incarnation as a clown and prison gang-themed ride, but he couldn’t help but rethink the car’s theme when people at shows continued to ask him the same question. “People were always asking me, ‘Were you locked up, man?’ I was never locked up, it was just the look of the car,” he says. A year ago, Sifuentes had Fabian of Kandy Kustomz change the color theme to a softer Oriental blue with old-school rainbow flakes. Gone are the aforementioned images, which have been replaced by murals of Jesus. “I’m a Christian.” “We’re a religious family,” said Sifuentes, part of the family-run Sifuentes Body Shop in Eagle Pass, Tex. “So I totally changed it to a different subject.” Sifuentes’ father, four brothers and sister have always been into cars, and he’d previously built a ‘78 T-bird and ’87 Sundance. But this time he wanted Read More...

Los Magnificos Dallas

June 5, 2015

We're happy to be finally bringing you never before seen coverage from Los Magnificos in Dallas. As expected, the best of the best rides on the tour came out to show off... Read More...

Game Warden

June 5, 2015

After spending 18 years in the racing game, Cisco Estrada decided to shift his attention toward custom car shows. Four years later, he’s got a fully-loaded custom ride that’s taken the prize-show scene by storm... Read More...

Spring Break Jam 13

June 4, 2015

Photos by “Big Rick” Treviño In our current issue (Volume 33), we cover the 2015 Spring Break Jam show in South Padre Island, TX. It was our return to the show after missing out on the 2014 event. That show will eventually be posted on this site, We did attend the 2013 event, and are now posting this never before seen coverage for you to enjoy. Like every year in the past, we were extremely excited to make the 6+ hour trip South from Houston to South Padre Island. This show has traditionally been the official start to our car show season. Its not only one of the best shows we cover all year long, it also ranks #1 overall in our books for a fun weekend. Not only is the show a great event, but all of the activities outside of the show make it a must attend show for many enthusiasts. When it comes to the show, we see the very best that the Rio Grande Valley has to offer. We also get to see many rides from beyond the RGV because lots of participants come from miles away to Read More...

Unladylike

June 4, 2015

Leslie Argueta didn’t want to be like the other women on the custom car show circuit. So when she began work on her ’86 Cutlass Supreme, she aimed for an original look without the feminine trappings of her contemporaries... Read More...

Battle on the Bay

June 3, 2015

On June 28, 2015, StreetSeen Magazine will be returning to Corpus Christi, Texas for the WEGO Tour's Battle on the Bay Car Show. This is one of the biggest events that hits the South Texas area. Jon Chuck and the WEGO Staff truly know how to host an event that brings out the finest low lows, not only from South Texas, but from out of state as well... Read More...

Gold Digger

June 3, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@shellmag.com The name of David Walters‘ bike, “Gold Digger” is fitting in more ways than just the obvious one. “It’s the color,” he said, “and I’m always spending money on it.” How much? Well, the wide-tire kit ran him about $8,000 and the customized motor ended up racking up another six grand or so. So while that phrase may usually be reserved for women trying to get into a man’s wallet, it’s unlikely he’s ever spent as much on any female as he has on the ’06 Suzuki Hayabusa. “Oh, never,” Walters says, laughing. Still, like most anyone who’s poured time and money into custom cars and bikes, he wouldn’t change a thing. The bike is a steady winner at shows, a beast on the quarter-mile track and a blur on the street, where Walter says it’s topped out around 200 miles an hour. “The bike was set up originally for a quarter-mile track. The Read More...
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