Just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, a large celebration of a different kind took place at the famous Quiet Cannon Conference & Event Center in Montebello, California. The legendary and historic car club, Thee Artistics, celebrated a major milestone, hitting 35 years of existence.
When Renee San Miguel, Tony, Dario, Auto, Joe, Benny, and Mike formed the club in the Pico-Crenshaw area of West L.A. back in 1978, they most likely never imagined that they were laying down a foundation for a well-bonded organization that would endure throughout multiple decades. Today, Felix Salazar and Hector “Oso” Rivera are presidents of the Orange County and L.A. chapters, respectively, and Casper is the president of the bike chapter in Ventura County.
Oso coordinated this special celebratory event and brought well over a hundred individuals together to enjoy good food, the company of great people and fabulous music. DJ Minor Cut was on the ones-and-twos and in between his sets, a live ’50s-style band, Vicky Tafoya and the Big Beat performed some of their original music as well as some popular lowriding oldies. Awards were given out that evening to some of the current members for their dedication to the club, as well as lifetime achievement awards to some of the longtime members.
Oso sends his thanks to the people and car clubs that came down to celebrate including, but not limited to, Majestics (Compton Chapter), the Tovar brothers, Unidos car club, and Elite (Nor Cal Chapter). Special acknowledgement also goes to the original founders who made an appearance that night. Everyone involved is certain that Thee Artistics will definitely be seeing another great 35 years!