A car club is only as good as its foundation. The longevity, membership, and quality of the club’s members hinges on the core of individuals that set the parameters for the club in the first place. Bomb Connection Car Club exemplifies this theory to the fullest extent. After all, what better foundation can a club have than a group of enthusiasts who have been friends for over thirty years? Bound together by their love for the classic Bowties made between 1936 and 1957, Robert Lucero, Jose Chavez, Carlos Barajas, and Richard Luna gave birth to the Bomb Connection Car Club in Wilmington, California.
While the founding members had always been members of the Lowrider culture, they did not officially begin the club until 2006. After taking the plunge, these upstanding men wanted a club that focused on God, family, and cars; in that order. While they have had their collective share of Boulevard fun, they realized that theirs would be a family oriented club, as the idea of having their wives and children at events and by their collective side was an idea that was too good to pass up. Family is a crucial part of any successful club, and Bomb Connection is no different.
Once they had their core values set, the next task for these brethren to tackle would be to find a club name. “Bomb Connection” was the clear-cut choice for the crew, who then moved onto establishing the club’s government. It was decided that a president, vice president, and treasurer be put in place. With its inner-core in secured, the club began recruiting members in Wilmington, CA., as well as within the surrounding South Bay cities. Even though they were eager to make their mark, the club screened prospective members very carefully, upholding the traditions and values that the club was founded on. Not only did the applicants have to have a car between the years of 1936-1957, they had to possess a strong character and adhere to positive values to even be considered for membership. Ride quality was also a concern, so would-be members’ rides had to either be restored or built well enough to compete in car shows. One area that was left unregulated was members’ auto suspensions; unmodified and modified suspensions were allowed equally to accommodate both the stock rollers and the scrapers.
Keeping family as its primary concern, the Bomb Connection Club decided that monthly meetings would suffice for club rendezvous. They also decided that the club would attend any shows or meets scheduled within fifty miles of Wilmington, that way the trips weren’t too taxing on the members’ families and family budgets. Simply put, the club felt that by staying within a certain geographical area, it would be easier for the families of the club members to attend the events.
With everything in place, the last order of business for this club was to cut their plaques! With metal fresh off of the mold, the club went out and quickly began to make an impact, taking home awards at many of the first car shows they attended. Since their inception in 2006, club members have won many “Best of Show” awards as well as “Best in Class” titles at the various events they have attended. In fact, founding member Richard Luna was recently invited to a Concours De Elegance show in Beverly Hills, California with his 1942 Chevy Convertible, and his very rare 1941 Chevy Woodie. Richard also made a good showing at the Trump National Concours De Elegance show. These are events that typically shy away from inviting Lowriders, so Richard’s inclusion is not only groundbreaking for his club, it advances our culture as a whole.
Even though they are just now due to celebrate their five-year anniversary, Bomb Connection has already begun clearing a path in their driveway for the next generation. Many of the members’ children and grandchildren are already working on or are preparing to build their own Bomb Connection ride! This club is not only making headlines in the state of California, they also have a chapter in France. Given the strong beginnings of this club, this 20 member family is looking to carefully expand over the next year or two, and membership interest will be something they never run short on.
Bomb Connection is proof of the virtues of a strong Car Club foundation, as they have achieved more within their first five years than some clubs do in twenty. They have not only made their mark on the Lowrider Culture, they have also gained the respect of the Bomb subculture as well. The quality of their rides and the way they compose themselves is certainly an asset to the world of Lowriding. Thanks to their unwavering commitment to their core values, they are an example to many, and Lowrider Magazine applauds them for their contribution to Lowriding.