As one of the oldest established car clubs in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California, Together Car Club has a history of over 30 years in Lowriding. In this Lowrider Originals profile, we will be giving you a glimpse into the past and present of the club; in the form of Founding President, Danny Aguilar Sr., and current Club President, Adam Amarillas.
Danny Aguilar, Sr., a product of Los Angeles, was immersed in the Lowrider culture during his childhood years, and while other kids dreamed of toys and baseball gloves, he had his eyes fixed on the dream of owning a Boulevard cruiser. He began to carve his legacy within the culture in the 70s, when he took the streets by storm in his Lowrider; a Chevy Camaro. He represented his culture behind the wheel as well as with his car club, San Gabriel Valley’s Image Car Club. They made such an impact that Danny and a few of his fellow Car Club members were featured in the second issue of Lowrider Magazine.
Danny spent many an afternoon at a Hudson Gas Station in Pico Rivera, California, and this hub served to be a hangout for his closest friends as well. It was on one of these routine hangouts that Danny and his friends began kicking around the idea of starting their own club for a while. The crew committed to the idea, and began to set the wheels in motion, pardon the pun. One of Danny’s friends named “Gumby” thought of the name, and another friend, Ruben Mendoza, drew up the plaque design. Finally, in 1977, Together Car Club was formed with a membership of six guys and four cars. Due to their camaraderie and reverence for one another, nobody in the newly formed club wanted to assume the duties as Club President, so they looked to Danny for guidance. Having had experience in another club already, Danny stepped up and agreed to take the position. Soon after, the club’s plaques were cut and numbered, leaving Danny as the owner of the number one stamped plaque, a plaque he still has to this day.
Excited to create their legacy and make their mark on the culture, Danny and the newly formed club hit all the shows and cruise nights they could. Together Car Club also spent countless nights on the famed Whittier Boulevard, searching for recruits and taking in the sights and sounds of that exciting time in the Lowrider scene of Southern California. Danny played an integral role in the club, serving as President from the club’s infancy for a number of years before passing on his leadership torch. Throughout his tenure with the club, he helped to establish the club’s bylaws and guidelines, bringing his insight and previous club experience to the table. Danny can also take credit for adding several positive members under his leadership, too. His club is clearly a better organization thanks to his efforts, and they have recognized his impact numerous times. He has received club awards commemorating his 20, 25 and thirty years of membership in the club.
Perhaps the most important feat of Danny’s time in Together Car Club is the fact that after over 30 years, Danny is still completely active in the club. He attends every meeting and meets up with the club at car shows regularly. Even now, he’s working on restoring a 1947 Fleetline that will have the “Together” plaque stamped #1 in the back window. Like many in Lowriding, Danny plans on Lowriding until the Dmv takes away his license! Rest assured that this veteran isn’t going anywhere, and he’ll continue to proudly serve Lowriding with Together Car Club, just like he has since 1977.
Adam Amarillas, has been a member of Together Car Club for almost twenty years, Adam has given his all to the club and to the culture of Lowriding. Exposed to the budding automotive genre by his uncles, Adam grew up in the tiny haven of Monrovia, CA., near the famed Route 66. When he was just 7 or 8 years old, Adam’s father took him to a car show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. It was love at first sight, and after witnessing the look in his son’s eyes, Adam’s dad commented to him that one day Adam would own a Lowrider himself.
Adam’s father’s prophetic comment proved to be true, as a 15-year-old Adam purchased his first car; a 1980 Buick Regal. A few years later, he was introduced to Together by his friends Marty and “Batman.” Longing to become a part of the club’s family, Adam joined Together Car Club with the same Regal he bought at fifteen. Of course the car had seen quite a few changes by this time, and was certainly not the same Regal as when he purchased it as a teenager. Instead, the car was now a full-show Lowrider with candy paint, custom interior, murals, along with a chrome undercarriage. The car was quite a beauty, so Adam and the Regal received a joint feature in an issue of Lowrider Magazine in 1995. Thanks to so many first memories, Adam still has the car and continues to show it from time to time. Then again, it would be unthinkable to part with a car that has won over 100 trophies since it first hit the car show scene. He debuted a new 1980 Buick Regal this year called “Love Me Two Times,” and if logistics work out, the old school Buick known as “Aztec Pride” will be shown together more often than not.
Throughout his decades of service in Lowriding, Adam has certainly seen both the highs and lows of the culture. On one hand, Adam remembers going to the Azalea Shows in South Gate and frequenting the ever popular shows that Zeus used to throw. He also ranks The “Memories of El Monte” shows the club used to do with the city of El Monte, California among his favorite in Lowriding memories. On the other hand, he also remembers the infamous Lowrider Show in Pomona, California when the big riot broke out. He has seen club members come and go within Together but like the club’s first President, Danny, he has remained committed to the club.
Adam received his Club President title five years ago, and approached his duties with an overwhelming sense of responsibility and pride. One of the first things Adam wanted to do, as President was to bring back the El Monte shows that Together used to coordinate in his earlier years with the club. His chance came when he worked with the City of Pico Rivera to produce a car show at the famous Pico Rivera Sports Arena back in 2008. For all involved, the show was a huge success and the city invited them back the following year for another show. Unfortunately, after some changes in the city government, the shows were not allowed to continue. Adam has vowed to try and produce another show at the venue.
With an impressive five years under his belt as Club President, Adam continues to lead the club with the same standards set forth by Danny and the other founding members. His resolve, dedication, and values bring truth to his vow that the club will not fail under his leadership, no matter how long he is President. He remains committed to the club that has given him so many great memories over the years. Adam, like Danny, is “Together Forever, Forever Together.”