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Ritz Car Show 2020

March 21, 2020

In 2018, The Ritz Cabaret in Houston, Texas, hosted a car and truck show after at least 15 years since hosting their first one. The event had some support from local clubs and riders, but the weather forecast proved to be the bad luck that kept it from being a great event. The Ritz crew knew that hosting a successful event would be possible if only the weather cooperated. The decision was made to skip September in 2019 and attempt the show again in the first weekend in March of 2020. The decision to move the date would prove to be a good move. Though somewhat windy, the weather was pretty good for a day full of custom and restored rides decorating the Ritz parking lot. Many local riders and clubs came out to show support. There were a variety of genres of vehicles on display to satisfy any auto enthusiast’s taste. Ritz managers Rick, Rami, and Lynn Even though the Ritz is a business that caters to adults over 21 indoors, outdoors, the event was a family affair with many people Read More...

Tyme Bomb – 1946 Chevy Stylemaster

March 14, 2020

Model: Lydia Monique “I’ve wanted a bombita ever since I was a teenager,” says Larry Harrison, better known to his friends as O.G. Larry, “I would buy Lowrider magazines, take out the bomb pics, and hang them on my wall.” How many of us can relate? How many of us now own the very rides we had dreamt about as children? The 43 year old Baytown, Texas, electrical project manager and member of Rollerz Only Galveston County was obsessed with bombs. “I used to draw them during school, I was so fascinated with them,” says Larry. As a teenager, Larry found a way to satisfy his lowrider cravings. “When I was 14, I started building lowrider bikes with my friend Erin Martinez,” the O.G. said, “We would fix them up, sell them, find another frame, and do it all over again.” Eventually this hustle would pay off when Larry had finally saved enough to get him into his very first lowrider. “My first car with hydros was a white Read More...

Gallo Tinto – 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo

February 22, 2020

Erik Davila of Loyal Car Club in Baytown, Texas, was just a kid when he first started lowriding. At fifteen years old, the teenage Erik wasn’t even old enough to drive when he had his first lowrider. “It was a 1979 Buick Regal on 14 inch Roadsters; black with plastic pinstripe designs that I did myself,” said Erik. But that first love would end tragically. “I had it for about five years and it was stolen from the apartment I used to live in,” he said, “It was found but it was burned up; no way to restore it.” A situation like that can make anyone rethink doing it all over again, but not Erik. He continued lowriding up ’til the day in March of 2005, when he learned about this 1985 Monte Carlo. “A coworker’s friend was selling it and he told me about it,” said Erik. This Monte would be a daily driver for now, but Erik had big plans for it. Being a paint and body man by trade, Erik had the necessary skills to take this Read More...

Redrum – 1984 Buick Regal

January 25, 2020

James Hinojosa of Houston, Texas, was introduced to lowriding at a very young age. “My father took me to an indoor lowrider show when I was 5,” he said, “I was fascinated by the style, colors, exotic interiors, and the unique paint jobs.” You could say from that minute on, he was hooked. The current Vice President of Still Rollin Car Club had the opportunity to finally buy his first custom ride when he was 19. “A Buick Regal on Roadsters was my first lowrider. That was in 1995,” James said. He owned that car for three years before it disappeared. “It was stolen and never recovered,” he said. It would be twenty years later before James got back into the lowriding game with this 1984 Regal. “I bought the car from my neighbor in 2015,” James said, “It was all original with only 28K miles.” You now may be thinking that James has a thing for Regals and you’d be right. “Buick Regal has always been my Read More...

Houston Lowriders New Year’s Picnic 2020

January 18, 2020

GoodTimes Houston front end line up For the last 14 years, the lowriding community of Houston, Texas, has come together on the first Sunday of the year for a day full of custom rides, friends, sun, and food. The date this year was January 5th. “This event began back in 2006 when the HLC first hosted the event,” said Armando “Goofy” Hernandez, Club Coordinator for Rollerz Only Houston Chapter and original founder of the Houston Lowrider Council. The HLC held the picnic annually until the council dissolved in 2012. In 2013, the four Houston area chapters of Rollerz Only hosted the event in hopes of making it an annual Rollerz event. “We took it upon ourselves to host the picnic,” said Jose Martinez, President of Rollerz Only, Gulf Coast Chapter, “Houston, Gulf Coast, Galveston, and then Eagle Lake chapters.” Rollerz wanted to elevate the excitement of the picnic. “We did games, contests, and trophies that year,” said Martinez. Read More...

La Wawa – 1964 Chevy SS Impala Wagon

January 11, 2020

Some of you may have read the title to this article and said to yourselves, “GM never made a 64 Impala super sport wagon,” and you’d be 100% correct. That fact, however, didn’t stop Joe Meza of Houston, Texas, from making it a reality. The Vice President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Rollerz Only Car Club wanted to build a wagon in memory of a wagon his mother used to own when he was a child. She often referred to her wagon as “La Wawa”. A simple wagon build, however, just wouldn’t do. Meza, as he’s known to his friends, was going to undertake building a vehicle that didn’t exist. Meza had been building lowriders for years. His first lowrider was a 1964 Chevy Impala SS. “I’ve been building since the age of 18; everything from Cadillacs to Impalas,” he said. This wagon entered Joe’s life back in 2013. In just the year before, Meza had completed three builds. “That year I came out really hard,” Read More...

LMP Car Show 2019

November 12, 2019

Story and photos by Jay Villa This weekend we said goodbye to an old friend; Los Magnificos Car Show. For 37 years, Los Magnificos has not only been a staple of the Houston custom car show scene, but of the national car show scene. This LMP Show celebrated the memories of years past. Helen Carmona, the matriarch of Los Magnificos family, decided to retire and retire the show name as well. Truly, it was a great run. Los Magnificos has been the source of many of our best memories over the years. Jon Chuck, WEGO Tour CEO says that even though the name is retiring, Houston will still hold a yearly show on the WEGO Tour as it has for many years, just with a new name. Will The LMP Supershow be the permanent name for the Houston WEGO Finale? Only time will tell. As everyone knows, it’s been a hot minute since we’ve attended any car shows regularly. This year, we’ve only attended 3 so far; Spring Break Jam, Illegal Toys, and this show. Getting back to a show and seeing Read More...

Royal Touch Picnic 2012

August 15, 2012

Photos by DC Claudio The last time we covered a Royal Touch event was in 2007. That year, the club had their show as part of the WEGO Tour. This year, we were invited out to Bryan for a picnic they were hosting. Lots of area clubs came out to barbecue and to enjoy the park on a Sunday afternoon. No trophies were up for grabs, no registration forms had to be completed. This was open to anyone who wanted to spend time with friends and family on a beautiful day. The Royal Touch crew had the concession stand going all day long dishing out food and drinks for those who didn’t bring their own pits. La Compania Car Club even brought out celebrity members Raini and Rico Rodriguez who are from the Bryan College Station area. Both are carving out their spot in Hollywood, but still took enough time to spend the day with everyone back home. Lots of quality rides were on hand as expected. When all it costs is a quarter tank of gas to enjoy an event, you can imagine that many rides will make Read More...

Step Your Game Up – 1962 Chevy Impala

March 1, 2010

Story by John Urrey Some credit the Chevrolet Impala as America’s first muscle car. Although others argue that honor should go to Pontiac’s GTO there is no doubt that the Impala has been one of the best selling cars in the U.S. The line began in 1958 as an trim package for the famous Chevy Bel Air. The package was so popular that Chevrolet decided to offer the Impala as a stand alone model the following year. In 1962 Hugo Martinez’ Impala, called Step Your Game Up, was born at GM’s Arlington, Texas plant. That season over 115,000 Impalas were produced. Three years later the Impala was in such demand that over a million were sold in 1965. The line was discontinued in 1985 but resurrected for the Detroit Auto Show in 1992 and returned to production in 1994. Today, Impalas are built in Canada. The subject at hand was built forty-eight years ago. The car has come full-circle, being constructed in Texas, finding its way to California, then brought back to its home Read More...