Low Rider - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

When it comes to the car game it’s been said that you’re only as good as your lat­est ac­com­plish­ment. And while there’s truth to that, it re­ally doesn’t ex­tend be­yond our achieve­ments and per­sonal cre­ations. Out­side of that arena, what mat­ters most are the re­la­tion­ships you cul­ti­vate and how you in­flu­ence and in­ter­act with those around you—es­pe­cially nowa­days where peo­ple are ad­dicted to In­sta­gram.

To­day, far too many have be­come ob­sessed with their so­cial fol­low­ing—or lack thereof. They’ve traded in qual­ity for quan­tity and re­placed morals for ma­te­ri­al­ism. But with bad comes the good, and this new so­cial phe­nom­e­non has ac­tu­ally made me ap­pre­ci­ate good folks with old-school values. So as the heck­lers con­tinue trolling, I’ll spend more time fo­cus­ing on those who count. Those who make moves in si­lence, those who cham­pion qual­ity over quan­tity, and one of those peo­ple wor­thy of men­tion is our cur­rent cover car owner, Or­lando Ce­bal­los.

His en­core cover car fea­ture at­trac­tion is a beau­ti­ful '79 Monte Carlo, and it’s a far de­par­ture from what any­one had ex­pected him to build. Known best for his deepseated roots in the Rad­i­cal Class, Or­lando busted out with a car that func­tioned much like a tra­di­tional ve­hi­cle. The doors, hood, and trunk opened like nor­mal cars and it was a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from his for­mer build, “Game Over.”

His con­tri­bu­tions to the game are quite epic but an even big­ger con­tri­bu­tion is sim­ply his per­son­al­ity. A gen­uine, car­ing per­son who al­ways leads by hum­ble ex­am­ple, Mr. Ce­bal­los is a cus­tomizer who has al­ways built what he’s wanted in­stead of what he’s sup­posed to. Each of his cars is an ex­ten­sion of his cre­ative vi­sion, and he’s proof that a man makes the car and not the other way around.

To be hon­est, I’ve seen far too many peo­ple at­tach their po­si­tion to their cars, and that does lit­tle for one’s self. A car may bring you joy and sat­is­fac­tion, but much like money it mag­ni­fies who you are by ten­fold. That said, this is why we cre­ated the Roll Mod­els se­ries. Now en­ter­ing our third suc­cess­ful sea­son, we’ve been blessed to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate this se­ries, much in part to Shell and Quaker State. It was our be­lief that lowriding needed more trans­parency. We wanted to show­case the owner over the car and show you the em­pow­er­ing per­son­al­i­ties that take our scene to the next level.

In­spir­ing for some, ed­u­ca­tional for oth­ers, the Roll Model se­ries ex­plores the im­pact of not only the cars but the own­ers them­selves. From world-class doc­tors to high-rank­ing CFOs, the lowrider com­mu­nity is made up of hard­work­ing car lovers who range from law en­force­ment of­fi­cials to lawyers, DJs, and busi­ness own­ers.

So, as we make our way into an­other year, we’re pack­ing the is­sues with more sub­stance. In this is­sue we’ve got cov­er­age of the Lowrider Sanc­tioned Te­jano Su­per Show. Pro­duced by Lowrider Hall-of-Famer, Nick Her­nan­dez, his marathon of shows now in­cludes a mile­stone 46th an­nual.

But here’s a lit­tle back end to that story. I’ve been a friend of

Mr. Her­nan­dez for quite some time and all I can say is that the man is re­silient and the real deal. I per­son­ally don’t know of any­one who has pow­ered through so much ad­ver­sity, but then again it would be hard to tell. Mr. Her­nan­dez has pow­ered through life with pride, love, and sacri­fice, and to say that he’s a diehard leg­end would still not give him the credit—or jus­tice—he de­serves. That said, may God bless him with even more spir­i­tu­al­ity and wis­dom as he cel­e­brates his up­com­ing 47th.

Also in this spe­cial is­sue is a bar­rage of cars from all around the world. We’ve got some cool cus­tom cars, trucks, and bomb fea­tures; you’ll find an in­cred­i­ble story about a killer ’37 Lin­coln Ze­phyr from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, a jade green ’73 Caprice from Ten­nessee, an

’84 Cadil­lac from New York, and a tricked-out S-10 mini-truck com­ing out of Ari­zona.

So as we con­tinue to cel­e­brate car cul­ture and all the good that comes with it, just re­mem­ber to dream big and work hard. These cars don’t come overnight and it takes a lot of sweat, pa­tience, and per­se­ver­ance to get it all done. Learn to ap­pre­ci­ate the hard work oth­ers have put into the game and re­mem­ber that when it comes to life and lowriding there are no short­cuts. In ad­di­tion, don’t let the neg­a­tiv­ity of other’s envy break you down, and re­mem­ber that real rec­og­nize real so use your pos­i­tiv­ity to in­flu­ence the growth of oth­ers be­cause at the end of the day our lowrid­ers are cool, but it is our per­son­al­i­ties and ac­tions that truly de­fine us.

Re­spect­fully, Joe Ray Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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