Old Memories Car Club of Southern Arizona has been doing exactly that, creating old memories since 1981 when fate united Tony Lopez and Carlos “Carlitos Way” Smith in Tucson, Arizona. They would eventually go on to establish the club’s second oldest chapter. A club that, since its inception, has been deeply rooted with strong family involvement and have created masterpieces that continuously grace the pages of Lowrider Magazine.
We all know that creating such masterpieces is an expensive and time-consuming process, one that can only be accelerated by having the proper facilities to create and maintain such rolling pieces of art. Vice President Johnny Arevalo realized that in order to continue their dominance, such a facility would be needed. So when he and his wife began looking for a new home they kept that in mind and ultimately would settle on an acre-and-a-half estate that would eventually serve as the club’s headquarters.
The aptly dubbed “Bombs Factory” is an eight-bay car garage workshop that is equipped with paint booth, detail area for Rene Gonzales to keep the cars ready for any upcoming car show, and DJ booth for Phil Canales to spin those timeless oldies. With cold A/C blowing throughout the factory, the coolest area has to be the enviable clubhouse where President Albert Grijalva holds court along with VP Johnny and treasurer Billy Ruiz.
“Our bomb factory is far from complete,” says Johnny. With two industrial post lifts currently being installed you can bet that this workshop will continue its assembly line production of award-winning show cars and with a 35th anniversary celebration currently in process you can rest assured that Old Memories Car Club will continue to create new ones