The ’57 Chevy is quite possibly the cornerstone of the American-built classic automobiles, although Ford enthusiasts might disagree. Affectionately known as “The ’57 Chevy,” this beauty was introduced to America by General Motors on Labor Day in 1956. This “Classic of all Classics” sported nonfunctional tail fins and an excess side trim, as did most cars from that era. The automobile was designed with a one-off sporty automobile, which probably would have passed into obscurity, had it not been for its popularity among the design in years that followed. While Chevy’s competitors disappeared into the junkyards of the forgotten, the ’57 skyrocketed in value and popularity! The car became a favorite of customizers in Southern California, and it became just as highly sought after across the rest of the nation. This car’s image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, movies, television, and music. Simply put, the ’57 is its own “American Idol.” Restored, original examples are increasingly rare, as today’s customizers and restorers are creating modern-type Hot Rods and Lowriders out of these cherished icons and winning a whole new generation of fans in the process. A proud example of one of these “rocket-finned,” chromed-out beauties was built expressively for, and by the Los Angeles Car Club, and it now gracefully rests on Lowrider Magazine’s December Cover.

While on the subject of Classics in this month’s issue, we honor Sal Sierra Jr. from the Rollerz Only, Central Cal Chapter in our “Image” segment. Through the storied traditions and generations of this cultured family, the Sierras’ are practically a car club on their own when it comes to their favorite pastime; the culture that is forever embraced as “Lowriding.” It must be said that the image that a Father portrays reflects an entire family.

David Anthony Garcia has been an “Original” since the first day his teacher called on his parents to come down to the school, where a young Anthony decided not to use drawing paper and instead took a pencil and drew on his own desk! His true calling would manifest itself in the hobby of automotive design no matter what the “scale.” From model cars, renderings, striping, custom painting, or designing, his God-given talents also represent respect given, and respect received. Check out his work of art in the “Originals” feature in this very special issue.

“Into each life, a little rain must fall,” or so they say. And so it seems as we have lost some good friends from the Lowriding World. Terry Anderson, the “Electric Man”, and Larry Watson, the painter who taught them all have left behind their own marks and legacies on not only the culture, but the people they’ve touched through their work as well. We have been blessed in our culture to have so many great memories that these gentlemen shared with us in our lives?they were truly two great men. We were all touched by their love for the automotive industry, and for that and their beautiful spirits?they will never be forgotten. It’s safe to say that those gates in heaven are now candy apple and they open automatically. God Bless Terry and Larry.

The thin air and Mile High environment of Denver, Colorado became the Lowrider Tour Stop once again. Enjoy our latest coverage of this never-ending display of fanfare among Mid-West Lowrider enthusiasts. From about 5,280 feet high, it’s clear that there is no place that loves Lowriders like Denver does!

In our “Car Club” section, there’s an atmosphere of surfboards, beach cruisers, lobsters, and Hawaiian shirts. All of this is of course brought to you by the Huntington Beach, Gabachos Car Club. Though the word Gabacho can be considered a derogatory word, Americans of Mexican decent can describe this group of white American friends as a bunch of Old-School Lowrider lovin’ enthusiasts. They are known to be the only white guys at the shows who have the Baddest Bombs! They come well respected, and as you will find out, well represented, too.

Every now and then we get harassed by the cops ( not the E.L.A. Sheriffs ’cause they’re cool and have better things to do out there) because of Government legislature turned laws. Vehicle default violations are all too common in the Lowrider industry. Being too low, having small tires, or driving while the frame is on the pavement, are potential violations we live with and understand. Unfortunately, there are other laws that come up in legislation from time to time that put the Government in the position to take the fun out of the hobby and sport of Lowriding; they may even earn the authority to take your Lowriders from your very own driveway! The government will try and make up laws, run them through legislature, get the proper votes, and then enforce the laws and the codes to prohibit Lowriders altogether. Unless we voice our opinions and vote against these people in office as well as their culturally biased proposed laws?we won’t stop them. Please take some time and read our section about the laws that also pertain to all other car industries as well.

We all need to support each other!

“Why am I getting pulled over, officer?” Because you’re a Lowrider!

Joe Ray