The Truth About Cars » lowriders http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:11:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » lowriders http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Lowrider Magazine Founder Sonny Madrid Dead At 70 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/lowrider-magazine-founder-sonny-madrid-dead-at-70/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/lowrider-magazine-founder-sonny-madrid-dead-at-70/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1100041 The founder of Lowrider magazine, Sonny Madrid, died Monday at 70. The San Jose, Calif. native founded the iconic magazine during the mid-1970s, Hemmings Daily reports, when two events linked to his previous magazines — published as a student at San Jose State University — provided the seed capital needed to launch the first issue […]

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Sonny MadridThe founder of Lowrider magazine, Sonny Madrid, died Monday at 70.

The San Jose, Calif. native founded the iconic magazine during the mid-1970s, Hemmings Daily reports, when two events linked to his previous magazines — published as a student at San Jose State University — provided the seed capital needed to launch the first issue in January 1977.

From there, Madrid and his staff sought to connect every last independent lowrider community as they could, with Madrid leaving the Bay Area in his 1954 Chevrolet sedan delivery to promote the magazine in locales like East Los Angeles — where lowriders began — New Mexico and Texas; the staff expanded outreach further east.

Madrid was also key in the decision to add pin-ups to the front of every issue of Lowrider, beginning with the November 1979 issue. Despite the initial outcry from both male and female readers, magazine sales climbed 15 percent to 20 percent, per figures reported in Charles M. Tatum’s book, “Lowriders in Chicano Culture: From Low to Slow to Show.”

Overall, Madrid’s Lowrider not only covered and helped to grow the lowrider scene, but also promoted the music, fashion and culture surrounding it. However, the original magazine would fold after the December 1985 issue over financial difficulties. The resurrected Lowrider returned in 1988 after former staffer Alberto Lopez bought the magazine from Madrid; Lopez later sold the magazine to publisher McMullen Argus in the late 1990s.

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Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-monte-carlo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-monte-carlo/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1041017 Examples of the rear-wheel-drive Chevy Monte Carlo have held their value pretty well, especially the A-body-based 1970-1977 ones. Even a fairly rough one can be worth restoring, particularly in Southern California, and so I don’t see many of these cars during my travels to the wrecking yards of the Golden State. Here’s a very rough […]

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08 - 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinExamples of the rear-wheel-drive Chevy Monte Carlo have held their value pretty well, especially the A-body-based 1970-1977 ones. Even a fairly rough one can be worth restoring, particularly in Southern California, and so I don’t see many of these cars during my travels to the wrecking yards of the Golden State. Here’s a very rough ’76 that I spotted in Los Angeles while visiting Cheech & Chong movie locations in a ’15 Ford Transit van.
12 - 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinGood things never happen when you scrape off a vinyl top and then drive the car that way.
09 - 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinThese cars make excellent lowriders, but to get this car into proper condition for nice paint and interior would have cost about three times the value of the finished result.
04 - 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinI’m not sure what the junkyard symbolism of the ace of clubs could be.

Endorsed by this Canadian yacht designer.

Yes, Canadians were crazy about the Malaise Monte.

Makes you look rich!

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Question: Which Stodgy Luxury Car Gets Most Transformed At Extremely Low Altitude? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-which-stodgy-luxury-car-gets-most-transformed-at-extremely-low-altitude/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-which-stodgy-luxury-car-gets-most-transformed-at-extremely-low-altitude/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:32:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464847 After my tirade about big fat luxury cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons, I got to thinking about all the once-boring luxury machines I’ve seen with brutal slam jobs. In so many cases— yes, even with a vintage Audi 100— dropping the Chairman of the Board’s luxury ride about a foot works wonders for […]

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After my tirade about big fat luxury cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons, I got to thinking about all the once-boring luxury machines I’ve seen with brutal slam jobs. In so many cases— yes, even with a vintage Audi 100— dropping the Chairman of the Board’s luxury ride about a foot works wonders for its appearance.
For my money, Japanese luxury cars such as the Mitsubishi Debonair, Toyota Century, and Nissan President respond best to this treatment, as demonstrated by many wild-eyed Japanese customizers (though Detroit limos look great, too). How about you?

Toyota Century image from Minkara, via Speedhunters.

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Who Says You Shouldn’t Slam an Audi 100? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/who-says-you-shouldnt-slam-an-audi-100/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/who-says-you-shouldnt-slam-an-audi-100/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:51:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393150 When I was 16 and just beginning to contemplate expanding my personal automotive fleet beyond a ’69 Corona sedan, I had the opportunity to buy three Audi 100s for 350 bucks. Actually, the deal was more like 3.75 Audi 100s, what with all the random engine parts stuffed in the trunks and oozing oil onto […]

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When I was 16 and just beginning to contemplate expanding my personal automotive fleet beyond a ’69 Corona sedan, I had the opportunity to buy three Audi 100s for 350 bucks. Actually, the deal was more like 3.75 Audi 100s, what with all the random engine parts stuffed in the trunks and oozing oil onto the upholstery. None of the three ran, but I figured I could play mix-and-match with the parts and make one runner, which I would then customize in the finest 1982 style (shudder). I ended up passing on the tripartate-O-100s, due to what I thought was the inherently uncool image of the marque (back then, only orthodontists drove Audis), but the question remains: what can be done to fix the stodgy-yet-vaguely-sporty image of the C1 Audi 100?

Tomas Sport Tuning seems to have figured it out. This 8-track-equipped 100LS rides on airbags now, and the look actually works. The key is the factory hubcaps; 21st-century wheels would just look silly.

The only improvement I’d suggest would be an early-70s-grade brown paint job.

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Gypsy Rose Follows King Of Low Riders To The Grave http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/gipsy-rose-follows-king-of-low-riders-to-the-grave/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/gipsy-rose-follows-king-of-low-riders-to-the-grave/#comments Sat, 05 Feb 2011 14:04:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383003 Today, a shocking pink, rose decorated 1964 Chevy Impala named “Gypsy Rose” will lead a funeral procession of lowriders through East L.A. It will follow its owner to the grave. Jesse Valadez, a founding member of the legendary Imperial Car Club in East L.A., died of colon cancer Jan. 29 at age 64. For those […]

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Today, a shocking pink, rose decorated 1964 Chevy Impala named “Gypsy Rose” will lead a funeral procession of lowriders through East L.A. It will follow its owner to the grave. Jesse Valadez, a founding member of the legendary Imperial Car Club in East L.A., died of colon cancer Jan. 29 at age 64. For those who don’t know: Lowriders are the antonym of SUVs. 5 inches (less with hydraulics) ground clearance are considered high.

The 1964 Impala has a cocktail bar in the backseat and a chandelier where the rear dome light used to be. The car’s flower patterns were designed by Walt Prey of Walt Studios in Van Nuys. It took two and half years to complete, said Valadez’s brother to the Associated Press (via Google.)

Gypsy Rose became the center piece of lowrider tours and was shown at the Petersen Auto Museum’s “La Vida Lowrider” exhibit in 2008.

The car will not follow its master into the grave, Valadez’s son Jesse Jr. will inherit “Gypsy Rose.” It was probably the only car that got its owner an obit on the AP wire service.

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