The state of New Mexico has long been recognized for its supreme lowrider scene. There is virtually no city in the “Land of Enchantment” that has not been graced by classic Chevy Impalas and Monte Carlos. Lately, lowrider-style Euros are becoming commonplace. And if it weren’t for guys like Bobby Romero of Truchas, New Mexico, the lowrider Euro scene would not be what it is today: one of the fastest growing sports in America. Though there may be thousands of these little import rides cruising the calles of Aztlan and beyond, only a handful get featured on the pages of Lowrider Magazine, and Bobby’s ’94 Honda Civic is one of them. It took Bobby three years and mucho dinero to complete his car, but the end result is so far out that it’s no wonder it’s called “Bobby’s World.”
“It takes more time than money to make a lowrider,” believes Bobby. And you know what, he’s right. Bobby enlisted only the best in the business to help make that time go by fast so that he could hurry up and floss his car at lowrider car shows throughout the nation. And Bobby himself did much of the work on the car with a little help from his fellow Uso Car Club members.
The first thing that Bobby and his friends Eli Martinez and David Vigil did was incorporate some over the top body mods, including a chopped and molded top, suicide trunk, shaved door handles custom mirror moldings and molded fenderwells. When that was complete, the three amigos prepped the body to a silky smooth finish. They then covered the car in a multitude of House of Kolors hues, a sweet candy violet over a passionate purple base, to be exact. Then, Victor Martinez and Robert Gonzales took turns painting breathtaking murals and no less that perfect pinstripes throughout the carrito to finish off the award-winning paint scheme.
And if you think that the outside looks hot, wait until you step inside the car. Jim at Flyode’s Upholstery in Espanola, New Mexico, removed the original front seats and threw in some custom swivel chairs that were then covered in plush crushed white velvet. Also within the car, you’ll notice that the original sound system was ripped out and replaced with a Kenwood head unit complete with Kenwood Amps, tweeters, mids, woofers and one Rockford Fosgate subwoofer. But when Bobby gets tired of listening to the tunes, he can turn on the tube. Bobby also installed a Magnavox television set. As you can see, Bobby made sure that the interior and exterior were in tip-top shape, but you will also see that he used a little elbow grease under the trunk and under the hood as well.
The engine has been gold plated to match the all-chrome and gold hydraulics setup that rests comfortable in the trunk. Two Pro Hopper pumps and four Delta dumps, complete with 10 switches and 6-inch cylinders in the front and 8-inch cylinders in the rear gets Bobby those high-flying moves so that he can clown with the best of them. Last, but not least, Bobby threw on some 13×7 Big Daddy Dayton wires. It’s no surprise that this guy gets all of that attention when he’s cruising around New Mexico with his fellow Uso C.C. members, of whom he owes a lot of thanks to. “Special thanks go out to Robert Gonzales, Eli Martinez, Robert, Allen and April Hopper, Terrance at Accurate Car Care, my mom and dad and of course, my fiancee, Cheri Cantrell.”
We’ve already seen Bobby rollin’ into a few car shows around New Mexico. As a matter of fact, our LRM scouts thought that this Civic was so clean that they traveled all of the way to Bobby’s hometown–and entered Bobby’s World–to photograph it.
|Vehicle:||’94 Honda Civic|
|City/State:||Truchas, New Mexico|
|Setup:||Two Pro Hopper pumps, four Delta dumps, 6-inch (front) and 8-inch (rear) cylinders, four Sears DieHard batteries, 10 switches|