We welcome you to this May issue of Lowrider Magazine with holiday festivities on our mind. Kicking off this proud month, we have a couple of five nines from the Klique Car Club that help to compliment the holiday theme. These elegant beauties on the cover, and we do mean all three, help to usher in the month of Cinco De Mayo, the Lowrider way! Of course, the holiday itself is not complete without the combination plates, margaritas, and all the shots of tequila poured, toasted and drank for the festival norm at sports bars, clubs, and restaurants everywhere. You can also bet that along with all the celebrating, the band known as War will be heard with their 1981 hit called “Cinco De Mayo” a million times, too! This annual Fiesta comes with a hangover and is also a national holiday event, where everyone is Mexican on this day.

As you crack open your desired cold one around this time; check out the multi-scheme Candy Red layout on this month’s cover El Camino. Personally, I envy the part where it says, “paint by owner.” Don’t we all wish in the thousands of car builds we have gone through together that just one time we could eliminate the time and big money it takes to have our cars painted by attempting to take matters in our own hands? This is obviously easier said than done, as, along with talent, patience, and skill, we would need about $5,000 in materials just to get started. Even given that, the chances of this being a very expensive lesson for most of us regarding our lack of knowledge and expertise in the paint field are high-spelling almost certain disaster for our dream car. Still, it sure would be nice to not have to put up with our painters being flaky, and I’m not talking about the candy flake that comes out of the spray guns, either. Lowriders can fill a library with the problems and stories we’ve experienced in order to get our cars painted, but that’s what makes us the last of a dying breed; we’re willing to earn our stripes the hard way, and not just from our pocketbooks. In any case, when you also see this Camino live and on display, this paint job will have you contemplating whether or not you should trade your profession for another one.

This month also showcases a collaboration between Lowrider and the Tejano Super Show, as the two joined forces for a sanctioned car show; Texas Style! Families and all were welcome to attend the event, just like they always have been for the last 41 years. Nick Hernandez, a promoter and ’06 Lowrider Hall of Fame inductee from the Taste of Latin Car Club, goes above and beyond in preaching and keeping alive the Lowrider tradition in his territory. In all my years, I have never seen or experienced the level of love the people of Texas have for this man; it’s like they are one giant family. I certainly won’t forget all of the sincere people in Texas who extended their hands to offer a warm welcome to Lowrider Magazine for attending and being involved with the show. I’ve never seen hospitality like what we received, and I hope all car clubs and car builders can someday go out and display their rides or just visit this traditional show, just to feel the magnitude and appreciation of Lowriding in Texas. I know our staff really appreciated it too, as “Beto” our Feature photographer wants to take off out there right now, as he too can’t wait to return. Car clubs and car builders need to experience this show and make a visit before the wheels fall off. Just ask the Imperials and Techniques car clubs about their annual California-to-Texas pilgrimage and they will encourage you the same. Thank you, Texas-and I might add that we could certainly use a classy ambassador like Nick Hernandez out here in California, too. Check out the super Tejano Show coverage and while you’re at it, take a glimpse of the latest aftermarket images from SEMA Las Vegas. This year brought back memories of a jam-packed show that we haven’t seen from there in years!

You will probably notice a difference again in this month’s issue size, as, along with the twelve Lowrider features, we have resurrected “Lowrider Bike.” We’ve also added another segment called “Draw The Line,” which will be a pictorial of featured artists who express themselves through our creative culture, including muralists, tattoo artists, pinstripe masters, and engravers. We’ve always strived to go above and beyond the cars to bring you the true pulse of our culture and you will undoubtedly see more great features like these to come. One of those features is our new “Street Cred” section, in which this month’s column brings you some of the Chicago Lowrider natives repping the Windy City. After you visit this segment, cruise on over to the garage where Tech Editor, Saul Vargas, dismantles and begins our latest project, a1968 Chevrolet Super Sport, named “Fearless.” He will take you on a journey that spans the process in all steps; from removing the body from the frame, to sand blasting and welding until we hit the switches and turn the key to take that first cruise. If you’re a hands-on guy working with a budget, don’t miss out on any issues, as we also take the build to our website to bring you endless knowledge for all of your soon-to-be Lowrider mechanical needs.

Before I put a close to this editorial, I want to bring some attention to a shout out from our own feature staff photographer, Beto Mendoza, as he and our editorial staff are launching a search for photographers out there with a passion and an eye for Lowriders. We want you! We are looking for coverage across the Lowrider map, but before you submit, step your game up and bring us the best images in your portfolio. If we like what we see, you just may get a chance to make your own Lowrider dreams come true by having us showcase your photography skills in our pages! Please email [joe.ray@sorc.com] a few photos with the right angles of some slammed to the floor rides and we can go from there. Good Luck!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Joe Ray