Car Club

REP­RE­SENT­ING THE GOLDEN ERA OF LOWRID­ING

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY HECTOR LEYVA

Men­tion bis­cuit tuck or di­a­mond tuft in­te­ri­ors, True­spokes or 520s, and al­most in­stantly it brings back mem­o­ries of the leg­endary lowrider scene of the ’70s. While much of that clas­sic styling is no more than a dis­tant me­mory, it’s an in­tensely creative style that has be­come the sta­ple of lowrid­ing, and a me­mory that will for­ever be cher­ished.

But not ev­ery­one is ea­ger to leave these sta­ple styling cues for the his­tory books. To­day there re­mains a loyal fol­low­ing of purists who are look­ing to re­vive and re­live those much-cher­ished days, and there’s one club in par­tic­u­lar cel­e­brat­ing it: Heatwave.

Estab­lished with the sole pur­pose of cel­e­brat­ing that golden era of lowrid­ing, ac­cord­ing to club mem­ber Ulises Vazquez, “We wanted to go back to the ‘Pa­per Plate Days,’” a time when guys would take a car right out of the deal­er­ship and seem­ingly overnight have it dropped on a set of Cra­gars. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from cel­e­brated car clubs, such as Groupe, Klique, and Life­style, Gabriel Ru­bio, pres­i­dent of Heatwave Car Club, has set their stan­dards to fol­low the style guide set forth by those leg­endary clubs. “You go from stock to flake and flake to pat­terns,” Gabriel says, re­fer­ring to the never-end­ing evo­lu­tion of their lowrid­ers. Just like the old days of lowrid­ing, they are swift to re­mind us

that not ev­ery­one has to own an Im­pala or Cadil­lac. In fact, there was a point in time when the Ford Thun­der­bird and LTD were the “go-to cars” for any self-re­spect­ing lowrider guy.

There are plenty of other Amer­i­can­made cars to choose from and it is re­flected in the grand va­ri­ety of cars they cur­rently have, which in­clude a Mer­cury Cougar, Ca­maro, and a Buick Re­gal. Nearly any year, make, and model is ac­cept­able, so long as it rep­re­sents that ’70s style. For Heatwave, style is ev­ery­thing, so their mem­bers opt to stick with the tried, true, and tested in­stead of suc­cumb­ing to the over­done lowrid­ers that are ram­pant in the scene.

While Heatwave only re­cently cel­e­brated their in­au­gu­ral year in ex­is­tence, they have al­ready be­come a sta­ple in the lowrider com­mu­nity. And just like that the ’70s flair and in­fec­tious ’70s funk songs have seem­ingly pen­e­trated the mar­ket once again, as they are de­ter­mined to be­come clas­sics in their own right.

Back to the fu­ture in a Heatwave.

Scap­ing scene out of the late '70s.

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