In our November Issue we spotlight a longtime original lowrider builder known as Brent Reese. Dedicated to the serious business of quality classic builds, Brent has had his rides featured in multiple issues of Lowrider Magazine. On this issue’s cover is a 1955 Chevy Bel Air kept in pristine condition by Mr. Reese. There are just some cover cars that do not require a background or colors to complement the featured car and in this case, Brent’s five-five stands alone.

The Lowrider Tour Stop and big rig pulled on over into Albuquerque, New Mexico. From our coverage of this show you can tell that the proud people from the Land of Enchantment were well entertained. On this visit, lots of comparing was made between car shows of the past and it has come to my attention that recently there is a new bar being set when it comes to award-winning car builds. For example, the Imperials and Prestigious Car Clubs, to name a few, continue to grow stronger with newer quality and competitive rides inside the main halls. Currently, if you visit certain parts of New Mexico you will be witness to God’s country, flying saucers, and some very nicely built rides that are deserving of some major recognition. Viva New Mexico!

Included in this issue is a special interview with renown car builder, Chris Roark. When it comes to building award-winning show cars, Chris is a man possessed with customizing. Check him out in our “Image” segment and see if he gives us the scoop on his next shot at the coveted Lowrider of the Year trophy. In addition, be on the lookout for a feature on the artistic talents exhibited by Efrain Gonzales. Known by many as Bugs Auto Art, God has blessed Efrain with many talents to coincide with his expertise in lettering, striping, and custom painting. He is also well liked for counseling the many friends and customers he has encountered over the years while continuing to be the humble and appreciative person that he is. You can find his story and artworks displayed in our “Original” section.

Found in our Lowrider “Garage and Tech Department” is an LS feature on a custom Cadillac. Chevrolet Performance handles all of the performance, reliability, and longevity needs when it comes to classic or custom drivetrains and it shows in this two-part series on an LSA crate supercharged motor that puts the “Hell” in “Project Helldorado.” What’s best of all is that these systems, along with the transmission combo, are an easy install that backs up their slogan of “Connect & Cruise.” If you are contemplating on making an LS engine transplant or swap just like the hundreds of others out there, put down your tools and check out this easy step-by-step instruction install. It will “connect” you to an LS so you too can “cruise” and low drive!

Until the next ride
Joe Ray