The thought of Las Vegas usually brings visions of bright lights, casinos, great food, nightlife, and, of course, the Lowrider Super Show, which has been held in Las Vegas since 1999. In addition to all that comes with Las Vegas, the city is also the home of Tiempo car club, a club that was started in the summer of 1985, some fourteen years before the first Super Show was held in Las Vegas. The vision of six original members which included three guys fresh out of high school and three older guys who had past experience with car clubs, Tiempo car club was formed with a clear mission. “We wanted to start a lowrider-only club, since there were already mini-truck and hot rod clubs says Ray Abitia, the last of the original six members. The club has seen members come and go but twenty-eight years later; the club is on the streets and on the scene stronger than ever.
Approaching three decades of membership is no small feat, and the club credits its dedication, good leadership, and discipline as the motivations that have kept this club together and pushing forward. While the club accepts only lowrider-style cars, they are open to all genres of them, including Bombs, Impalas, and classic ’70s style rides. Some of the stipulations that the club firmly adheres to are that members must have a street worthy ride with clean paint, wheels, interior, and no gang affiliations whatsoever to fly the Tiempo plaque. The club is now twelve members strong, and is led by the current president, Manuel Estrada, who keeps everybody informed of events, shows and meetings. One reason Tiempo has such a tight-knit group of members is that the club also doesn’t believe in going after and recruiting new members; they prefer people to approach them to see what it takes to become a Tiempo member. The Las Vegas chapter is the one and only chapter, which let the club focus on their civic responsibilities of being a positive influence within the community. The club has hosted car shows, participated in mini-car shows at elementary schools to promote anti-drug use, and helped impact individuals by participating in fundraisers to help families in need for things like medical expenses or funeral costs. The great thing about Las Vegas is that other area clubs such as Groupe, Klique, Viejitos, and others also participate in local activities together and thus are able to make a bigger positive impact to the community.
Tiempo has balanced the perfect formula of good quality rides, a family-oriented club, and outstanding leadership to keep this club going strong after twenty-eight years. We look forward to the years to come from Tiempo Car Club, as they help to keep the Lowrider culture and tradition moving forward in Las Vegas!